January 28, 2021

CMHC’s 2021 E-Newsletter Schedule

The Children’s Mental Health Collaborative (CMHC) is excited to announce our 2021 monthly e-newsletter schedule. We will be sending out our monthly e-newsletter on the last week of each month. If you have information, news, or updates you would like to included in CMHC’s monthly e-newsletter, please send all submissions to Etonde by the last Monday of each month.

Parent Spotlight

The Parent Catalyst Leadership Group (PCLG) is excited to announce their planning of a new series of mini-workshops for families called “Let’s Talk About It.” Upcoming topics may include:
  • Questions about Case Managers
  • Working with the Police
  • Suicide Prevention Tools 
  • Teaching Your Kids Personal Safety Skills 
Stay tuned for more topics! 

PCLG’s Support Group continues to meet online on the 2nd Thursday of each month at 7 PM. 

To learn more about PCLG’s “Let’s Talk About It” mini-workshop series contact Margaret Sullivan.


System of Care Implementation Planning

The Children’s Mental Health Collaborative (CMHC) is pleased to begin its efforts to implement a System of Care in Hennepin County. A system of care is defined as “a spectrum of effective, community-based services and supports for children and youth with or at risk for mental health and related challenges and their families that is organized into a coordinated network, builds meaningful partnerships with families and youth, and addresses their cultural and linguistic needs in order to help them to function better at home, in school, in the community, and throughout life.”

The CMHC provides a forum for a diverse and representative group of system stakeholders to influence the development and ongoing operation of accessible and effective children’s mental health service system throughout Hennepin County. We are using system of care values (family and youth centered children’s mental health services, prevention focused services, coordination across the CMH system, etc.) to inform our planning work. The CMHC will begin a five-year process, focusing each year on achieving key deliverables through family and youth engagement and data-driven decision making in partnership with other entities working in the children’s mental health system/field.

Below is a view of the planning process and considerations of the Governance Committee as well as descriptions of the key areas of work in 2021; 1) Governance & Structure of the CMHC, 2) Engagement of families, youth and organizations providing or partnering with children’s mental health providers, 3) Children’s Mental Health data and dashboard, 4) System Navigation/Journey Mapping, 5) Service Continuum Mapping, and 6) Recruitment. The engagement work we will undertake this year will directly inform our five-year implementation plan.

We encourage you to join us – and join one of these important subcommittees. To get involved or for more information, contact Etonde.

CMHC’s System of Care Five-Year Implementation Plan Framework

CMHC System of Care Y1 Key Areas of Work

If you would like to be a part of creating this new SoC and to get involved please contact Etonde.


Children’s Mental Health Policy

The Children’s Mental Health Collaborative will share policy updates impacting children’s mental health services in Hennepin County as a regular feature of the e-newsletter.

The 2021 Legislative Session began earlier this month. This week, Governor Tim Walz released his budget with an aim to help the state of Minnesota recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. The Governor said his budget focuses on supports to working families, ensures students catch up on learning and helps small businesses. A few children’s mental health policy and funding proposals were included and highlighted below.

  • Increase access to school-linked mental health services over summer 2021. This proposal would provide $6 million in one-time for direct services contracts.
  • Provide $1 million in one-time funding to cover school staff in local school districts to offer summer mental health support (group or one-on-on services), trauma -informed practices, evidence -based social and emotional learning (SEL) programming, and other well-being activities like physical activity, mindfulness and other stress relieving activities during summer school programming.
  • Increase funding, $47 million, to support schools in addressing students’ social, emotional, and physical health by addressing shortages of student support services personnel within Minnesota schools and to mitigate the effects of COVID – 19. Support services personnel include Counselors, Social Workers, School Psychologists, School Nurses, and Chemical Dependency.
  • Expand telehealth services for health, behavioral health and physical health beyond the public health emergency.
These proposals will be considered and debated by the Minnesota Legislature over the next month or two as they build their own budget for consideration by the Governor.

Help Minnesotans Access Inpatient Psychiatric Care

This morning the House of Behavioral Health Police Committee took testimony about the lack of inpatient psychiatric care. It’s not too late to send in your story. Have you (or a family member) waited in an ER for hours on end waiting for a bed, left without care, or were shipped miles away from home to access care? Members of the committee need to hear from you!

Your letter should include: 

  • Your name and what city/town you live in
  • The age of the person needing care (child or adult)
  • Where you went, how long you waited
  • The outcome – did you get admitted? Sent home? Shipped far away?
  • Urge them to build the mental health system and address the barriers to adding new beds
  • Tell them closing 110 beds at St Joseph’s hospital will be devastating

Here is a link to the members. Members include Representatives: Fischer (Maplewood), Frederick (Mankato), Franke (St Paul Park), Backer (Browns Valley), Baker (Willmar), Becker-Finn (Roseville), Hanson (Burnsville), Kotyza-Witthuhn, (Eden Prairie), Lippert (Northfield), Moller (Shoreview), Pierson (Rochester), and Thompson (St Paul).

For more information on these proposals, or to receive regular legislative updates on mental health, visit NAMI-MN’s website.