March 25, 2021

CMHC’s Scholarships, Training & Sponsorships

As part of CMHC’s effort to promote innovative service development and continuous quality improvement in the children’s mental health system, the CMHC will provide financial assistance to support training within the children’s mental health field in Hennepin County. Funding is available for scholarships, training and sponsorships. Resources are available on a first come, first served basis throughout the year. To learn more about CMHC’s Scholarship, Training, & Sponsorships and how to apply click HERE!


Parent Spotlight

The Parent Catalyst Leadership Group (PCLG) offers a monthly online Support Group on the 2nd Thursday of every month for parents & caregivers. Those interested in attending can contact Margaret for the Zoom link. Our next meeting will be Thursday April 8th at 7:00 PM.
The PCLG also offers a monthly “Let’s Talk About It” workshop where parents & caregivers are encouraged to ask lots of questions – no question is too basic! Their next workshop will be “Let’s Talk About Suicide Prevention” on Tuesday, April 13th at 7:00 PM. Hayley Hawkes from Canvas Health will join us to discuss resources and techniques that may help in protecting your loved ones from self harm.

Families can register for this free workshop HERE!

Do you have suggestions for future topics or guest speakers for these workshops? Contact the PCLG. To learn more about PCLG’s “Let’s Talk About It” mini-workshop series contact the PCLG.


HUB Grant

Hennepin County Early Childhood Collaborative
NorthPoint Health and Wellness Center, Inc.
 has been awarded a contract as part of the Minnesota Preschool Development Grant to support the planning of an early childhood resource hub. As part of this grant, NorthPoint has partnered with many agencies and programs to form the Hennepin County Early Childhood Collaborative (HCECC), which will focus on creating an early childhood resource hub for families that are pregnant or parenting infants and toddlers across Hennepin County. The CMHC is proud to partner with the new HCECC to promote infant and early childhood mental health.
Early childhood experiences have a significant impact on children’s development. Hennepin County has many early childhood services, but all families in Hennepin County could benefit from improved access to services and program coordination so that all children have great early childhood experiences. For more information on the initial one-year planning process click HERE.
Current partners include: 
Hennepin County Public Health and Human Services
Hennepin County Family Service Collaboratives
Helping Us Grow Home Visiting Program
Think Small
Hennepin Healthcare – Redleaf for Family Healing
Hennepin County Children’s Mental Health Collaborative
City of Bloomington Public Health Department
City of Minneapolis Health Department
For any questions or interested in learn more about this initiative, please contact Tee McClenty or 612-767-9155.


Children’s Mental Health Data Corner

There has been a steady increase over time in the provision of school-based mental health. Hennepin County recently compiled statistics showing the current reach of school-based services. Based on their calculations…
  • There are 145 FTEs of mental health providers from 16 agencies providing mental health services in Hennepin County schools.
  • These staff are working in 164 schools across 17 school districts. While it is difficult to calculate the exact number of schools in the county, we can estimate that approximately 60% of public schools have a community mental health provider working onsite.
  • Collectively, these staff are serving about 5,800 students in Hennepin County.
For more information on CMH Data Dashboard contact Cheryl Holm-Hansen.

Resources & Supports

The Youth Justice Council is a collaborative effort among Hennepin County juvenile justice system stakeholders and community members who are committed to creating an equitable, fair, and effective juvenile justice system. 

The mission of the Youth Justice Council is to improve and reform the juvenile justice system by eliminating disparities based on race, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, or disability and providing resources to effective community-based and culturally appropriate services for youth and their families. 

The Youth Justice Council has discussed expungement, out of home placements and restorative practices in juvenile probation. You can follow along through meeting minutes or join meetings as a community member. For more information contact Adesola Jaiyesimi


Listening Session on COVID-19 Relief Funding

Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block Grant and Community Mental Health Services Block Grant Supplement

The Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) is set to receive funding related to the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplement Appropriations Act, 2021 [P.L. 116-260].  The funding, allocated to department’s Behavioral Health Division, includes:

  • $22,591,036 in Substance Abuse Block Grant (SABG) funding; and
  • $12,518,067 in Mental Health Block Grant (MHBG) funding.

You are invited to a listening session from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 30, 2021 to share feedback that will inform planning on how these funds will be spent.  DHS will be submitting a plan to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) by April 5, 2021.

Participants are encouraged to register for the virtual event via WebEx:
Event registration link HERE!

  • Event password: cnURj5tAh96
  • Phone number: +1-415-655-0003
  • Access code: 187 278 3195

We would like to learn more about the gaps you have experienced or observed in Minnesota’s behavioral health system, especially related to the COVID-19 pandemic. You may comment verbally or via WebEx’s chat function. This feedback will be recorded and used to inform the spending plan we submit to SAMHSA.


Growing Resilient Communities

The 4th Annual Gathering, Growing Resilient Communities – Collaboratives Addressing ACEs with Keynote Speaker: Dr. Brian Dias, sponsored by More Resilient Minnesota will be held virtually on June 2nd & 3rd. This free virtual event is being offered through a partnership between the Department of Human Services (DHS) and FamilyWise Services.

Registration information for this event will be shared in the next month.
View the flyer for more information HERE!


Preparing Mental Health & Well-being for Children

The Children’s Mental Health Collaborative (CMHC), is collecting and sharing resources, training ideas, & supports for children and youth in anticipation of potential re-traumatization and increased mental health needs during Derek Chauvin’s trial for the murder of George Floyd. The CMHC anticipates many young people, especially our Black families, will have increased mental health needs as the trial begins on March 8, 2021 and increased media attention returns to racial violence.

Recognizing the need in being prepared to help families manage through the trial. In seeing the importance in being proactive in committing collaborative resources to children and youth mental health needs here are a broad list of ideas discussed thus far.

Strategies for Having Conversations with Kids About Race

Tuesday, March 30th, 2021 5:30 PM Live on Zoom

Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) is hosting a “Strategies for Having Conversations with Kids About Race,” a moderated conversation with MPS Parent Panelists followed with a Q&A held on Zoom. Moderators for the conversation are Ms. Sarah Washington & Derek Francis; the MPS Parent Panelists are Rosey Cashman, Christy Caez Claudio, and Erin Clotfelter.


The Journey from Theory to Practice:

Embracing Ethnicity & Culture to Bridge our Clinical Work in Relationships with Individuals, Couples, Families or Groups

Friday, April 30, 2021 9:00 AM – 4:45 PM
Virtual | Online

Presenters: Brandon Jones, MA, Renita Wilson, LICSW, Steve Cambrice, LMFT, Dr. J. Phillip Rosier, Jr. LMFT, PsyD

Kente Circle Training Institute (KCTI) welcomes you to join their virtual workshop “The Journey from theory to practice:Embracing ethnicity and culture to bridge our clinical work in relationships with individuals, couples, families or groups” to discuss engaging with clients in a therapeutic settings. KCTI is welcoming members from all social services, behavior health, and mental health to attend.


  • Embrace client’s ethnic and cultural identity as a pillar of the clinical work
  • Explore specific techniques to engage clients
  • Name ethical standards for working cross culturally
  • Embracing ones own culture as an asset & not allowing it to be a barrier
  • Combining Theory & Practice
  • The importance of culturally responsive supervision & mentoring


Additional Resources:

*Disclaimer these resources are better serving for a more of a beginner audience.