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Action Needed to Protect Medicare

February 19, 2019

Medicare Part D provides drug coverage for 43 million seniors and adults with disabilities, including many people with mental illnesses. Currently, Medicare Part D and Medicare Advantage plans must include “all or substantially all” of the medications in six protected classes, which include antidepressants and antipsychotics. These six protected classes were created to ensure people more »

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How an App Is Helping Minnesota Police Interact With People With Disabilities

February 13, 2019

By Taryn Phaneuf – January 10, 2019 A woman with a cognitive disability was lost. A man with mental disorders felt suicidal. They both encountered law enforcement. Their interactions could have been full of misunderstandings – or worse. Instead, the Vitals team shares them as success stories. The Vitals App – built to prevent situations between more »

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Integrated mental health services help Minnesota kids

Author: Associated Press, Stephanie Dickrell, St. Cloud Times SARTELL, Minn. — You won’t find “Negatron” and “Optimistic Prime” in the Transformer universe, but for one kid, the imaginary characters are helping improve his mental health. The incredibly relatable and punny metaphor was created by one of Kimberly Christensen’s young patients. She’s a licensed psychologist at Sartell more »

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NAMI Super Saturday for Children’s Mental Health, March 9

February 6, 2019

On Saturday, March 9th at Central High School in St. Paul, NAMI Minnesota will present a day of free classes to educate parents, caregivers, and professionals that provide resources on ways to help youth achieve physical and mental wellness. Morning classes will be held from 9 – 11 a.m. and include Mental Health Crisis Planning more »

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Mental Health Crisis Planning for Families Video

January 29, 2019

NAMI Minnesota has just released its newest video “Mental Health Crisis Planning for Families.”  The video runs approximately 15-minutes and can be viewed in English or Spanish. It helps parent learn to recognize, prevent, plan for, and manage their child’s mental health crisis. These videos were made possible by a grant from the Hope & more »

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Key Pilot Projects Slated to Expire

January 22, 2019

Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics or CCBHCs are a new and innovative model for delivering mental health and substance use disorder treatment. CCHBCs are a one-stop shop where people can get comprehensive mental health and substance use disorder treatment, with a focus on 24-hour crisis care, utilization of evidence-based practices, care coordination, and integration with more »

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How My Depression Made Me A Better State Representative

January 17, 2019

By Michael Schlossberg | Dec. 17, 2018 When I first told the world I suffered from a major depressive disorder and generalized anxiety disorder, I miscalculated. I was angry at the time, and I didn’t realize it would actually have a positive impact on me and the people I represent. I’m a full-time elected official. I have the more »

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IPS Work Programs Prove Effective

January 11, 2019

The Dept. of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) has just issued their annual report on Individual Placement and Supports (IPS). This is an evidence-based employment program for people with serious mental illnesses. People with serious mental illnesses face numerous challenges finding and maintaining a job, leading to the highest unemployment rate and lowest workforce participation more »

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