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From Our Community: Take the number of lives lost seriously, fund suicide prevention

It’s been a little over two weeks since the suicides of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain and the Centers for Disease Control report on the dramatic increase in suicides in our country. Calls to suicide helplines went up, some people made calls to loved ones and friends to check up on them, a few people ...

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Acute care needs, state programs were 2016 focus for mental health advocates

The 2016 Minnesota Legislature again invested in our state’s mental health system. While last year the new funding focused on community-based services and supports, this year’s increases largely focused on acute care needs and state-operated programs. Funding was provided for Minnesota to move forward and be one of eight states to be a demonstration site for Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics (CCBHCs). Without ...

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‘GO GREEN’ for Mental Health Month

As we finally emerge from the cold dark winter our thoughts turn to spring— and green. Not the green from our grass or the leaves on the tree, but to mental health. May is Mental Health Awareness Month and green is the color being used to symbolize awareness. Mental health is a continuum, from having very ...

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Editorial – 2013 ‘Year in Review’ for the mental health community

Access Press recently reviewed there last year’s headlines for the disability community. There were also some very important changes to the mental health system that should be noted. Several major changes were made to psychiatric facilities including a new beautiful psychiatric hospital at Regions and Prairie Care opened a new hospital for children. University of Minnesota ...

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Group homes offer assurance to state’s families

Group homes offer assurance to state’s families Several laws were passed this year that impact children and adults with mental illnesses and their families. One of the most important ones was creating a voluntary certification process for corporate foster care homes, commonly known as group homes. If homes meet the requirements, it will be noted on their license and thus potential residents, ...

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Community saw gains, losses during session

The 2009 legislative session was one in which Minnesota’s mental health community realized key gains and experienced difficult losses. Cuts to General Assistance Medical Care (GAMC) will have a severe impact, But there were bright spots as well. Led by NAMI Minnesota and the rest of the Mental Health Legislative Network, community members worked hard ...

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Care, not cuffs – Advocating mental health awareness to prevent police abuse

Too many adolescents and adults with mental illnesses have potentially dangerous contact with the police. That contact comes in a number of forms, such as the person with mental illness being a victim or a witness of a crime, being the subject of a nuisance call, committing a crime themselves, or having a mental health ...

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Catastrophes Can Affect Mental Health

NAMI-MN offers resources for victims The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) of Minnesota was shocked by the collapse of the I-35W Bridge and the catastrophic flooding in southeast Minnesota. NAMI joins with people from around the state in sending thoughts and prayers to all who were affected. NAMI wants to remind the public that everyone is ...

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General Assistance Medical Care Threatened

The legislature, in an effort to balance the budget, will most likely be cutting or eliminating General Assistance (GA) and General Assistance Medical Care (GAMC).  This would greatly hurt people with disabilities, particularly people with mental illness. General Assistance is a state-funded program that provides a cash grant for living expenses for adults who are not ...

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New Special Ed Rules Raise Concern

The Minnesota Department of Children, Families and Learning (CFL) has proposed significant changes to rules governing special education. The changes affect the criteria that determines whether a child has a disability and is eligible for special education services, mediation, conciliation and extended school year (ESY), in addition to many other areas of the rule. PACER Center, ...

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