November 13, 2020


Attached is a copy of the Parent Catalyst Leadership Group Newsletter for the month of November, which includes information about upcoming PCLG meetings along with workshops and other parent engagement opportunities.
Please share with the parents/caregivers in your network.


Hennepin County Behavior Health System of Care Presentation

At the last CMHC Governance Committee, Cindy Slowiak & Audrey Flack of Hennepin County Human Services-Behavioral Health presented an update on the work their area is both planning and doing related to system of care (SoC) implementation. Thank you to those that attended and are interested/engaging in this work!

Please watch their hour-long presentation & discussion below. See the attached PowerPoint presentation and information sheet for reference.


CMHC Governance Committee Meeting
Monday, November 16th, 2:30-4 PM

The CMHC’s next Governance Committee meeting will take place next Monday, Nov. 16th from 2:30-4 PM via Zoom.

If you would like to join, please contact Etonde for the meeting agenda & details.

From Our Partners


“NAMI Minnesota wants to hear from parents whose children (age 21 and under) were voluntarily placed in residential treatment due to the child’s mental illness. We want to learn about your experience, your opinion on the current process and your opinion on changes that are being proposed to the current law.

Changes made under the Families First Legislation will have a significant impact on how children with mental illnesses obtain residential mental health treatment. While the primary focus of the Families First Bill was to keep families together when a child enters the child protection system, there will be big changes for those who voluntarily seek residential mental health treatment. NAMI Minnesota and the mental health community is especially concerned that all children voluntarily seeking residential mental health treatment will have to undergo a relative search.

We want to hear from family members about problems with this change, as well as their current experience with obtaining residential treatment. If you or your family has experience with children’s residential treatment, please take the time to complete this short survey.”

Please share this critical feedback opportunity with families that have direct knowledge/experience with residential treatment! 

Funding & Event Opportunities

DHS Accepting Proposals for Coronavirus Relief Funds for Children’s Behavioral Health Care Providers

The Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS), in collaboration with the Children’s Cabinet and the Minnesota Department of Education, has released a competitive request for mini-grant proposals. The Coronavirus Relief Funds will support the mental health needs of children, youth, and families during the COVID-19 pandemic. Eligible applicants can apply for up to $25,000. The $3 million grants will be funded with federal dollars through the Coronavirus Relief Fund, which was authorized by the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

The grant funds will be distributed to school-linked mental health providers and other mental health providers who serve children and families with young children. The funds may be used to mitigate service interruptions and prioritize in-person services, purchase critical care supplies, cover public health-related training costs, and address the behavioral health needs of communities of color and Native communities related to the COVID-19 public health emergency.

To apply for this funding, a provider must be a non-profit or community agency, school, or county that provides children’s behavioral health services or school linked mental health services. Providers implementing services with persons from populations with the largest disparities in health care are strongly encouraged to apply.

All funds will be used to meet needs from the time period of March 1, 2020 to December 31, 2020. The grant funds are one-time awards. Funds are expected to be awarded to eligible applicants in early December.

Deadline for Application: Monday, Nov. 16, 2020 by 12 PM
Questions and Answers on RFP posted on Friday, Nov. 13, 2020

Contact the CMHC Co-Coordinators, Etonde Awaah and Laura LaCroix-Dalluhn, with any questions.
Connect with the Hennepin County Parent Catalyst Leadership Group via email or Facebook.