Hennepin County Behavior Health System of Care Presentation
Wednesday, October 21st, 3-4 PM

In February 2020, Hennepin County Human Services sponsored a two-day event to introduce our community to systems of care. It had been their hope that this event would be the catalyst for continued work in building our local children’s mental health system of care. Unfortunately, COVID-19 hit a couple of weeks later, and our collective attention got diverted in other directions.  

Hennepin County Human Services-Behavioral Health has been doing work related to systems of care, and would like to update community partners/stakeholders on their efforts. Please attend this virtual meeting to hear about these efforts and have a conversation about how to build partnerships related to this work with parents, providers, schools and other community stakeholders.  

We hope you can join us THIS Wednesday, October 21st from 3-4 PM via Zoom for this important presentation & conversation. 
If you have any questions about this meeting, please contact Cindy Slowiak or Audrey Flack of Hennepin County Behavioral Health.
CMHC Governance Committee Meeting
Wednesday, October 21st, 2-2:50 PM

The CMHC's next Governance Committee meeting will take place THIS Wednesday, Oct. 21st from 2-2:50 PM (right before Hennepin County's SoC Presentation) via Zoom. 

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

Upcoming Opportunities

Information Posted October 8, 2020

Allina Health Change to Chill is reaching out to community partners looking for community members to drive a new opportunity - made possible through Hennepin County federal CARES Act funds. Change to Chill is hiring Contract Community Consultants and Contract Mental Health Providers who are interested in creating and sharing educational, community-specific mental health and well-being content for teens and parents of Hennepin County. Through the Hennepin County federal CARES Act funds, positions are posted for Contract Community Specialists who identify as members of the Black or African American, Hispanic or Latinx, Native American or Indigenous, and LGBTQIA+ communities.
The CARES Act funds, in response to COVID-19, generate a new opportunity for Allina Health Change to Chill to engage community consultants. COVID-19 has caused fear, anxiety, uncertainty and stress in populations across the United States and has disproportionately impacted Black, Indigenous, Hispanic or Latinx persons, further highlighting systemic inequities and racism that exists within healthcare. Allina Health also understands isolation related to the pandemic is affecting already vulnerable LGBTQIA+ youth who report significantly higher rates of anxiety, depression and suicidal thoughts than their cisgender, heterosexual counterparts. By building on partnerships with community consultants, Change to Chill aims to move forward through content creation that is responsive to the greatest community needs.

Parties interested in supporting a component or all of this work are encouraged to apply. If you or someone you know is interested, please see the position descriptions/applications below and submit questions and applications to [email protected].

Contract Community Consultants
Contract Mental Health Providers

Apply for funds to expand human services to low income communities and communities of color

This grant is funded by the federal Coronavirus Relief Fund established by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act).  Through this grant, Hennepin County will fund expanded services to assist communities impacted by COVID-19, especially low income and communities of color. Non-profits and community organizations may apply for funds to provide additional or expanded human services to individuals that reside in Hennepin County and are in need of additional supports due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Services must be necessary due to the COVID-19 pandemic and funds may only be used for services provided through December 30, 2020.

The maximum grant award amount will be $50,000 per organization.

Deadline for application: October 31, 2020



The Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS), in collaboration with the Children’s Cabinet and the Minnesota Department of Education, will administer the $3 million investment (via federal dollars through the CARES Act) to support the mental health needs of children, youth, and families during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The 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. Funds are expected to be awarded to eligible applicants by the end of November 2020.

More grant application information will be made available soon, and funding is expected to be available by the end of November.

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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.