2016 Annual Report Now Available - NAMI Minnesota's 2016 Annual Report, Forging a Better Future, is now available to view or download, here.
Minnesota opens new savings plan for people with disabilities - Minnesotans with disabilities and their families can save for goods and services to improve their lives under the new Minnesota ABLE (Achieving a Better Life Experience) Plan, which opened this month. The plan allows a maximum of $14,000 a year, to a total maximum of $100,000, to be contributed to an account for an individual before the individual's public benefits are affected. Participants can choose to put their money into what operates as a regular checking account or into one of six investment options. The Minnesota ABLE Plan has several features: ABLE accounts are not limited to people with disabilities on public programs. The accounts are exempt from eligibility consideration if people are on Medical Assistance, Supplemental Security Income or other public programs. Currently, people with disabilities may lose eligibility for public benefits once they reach $2,000 in savings. Earnings on accounts and distributions for qualified expenses are not counted as taxable income. Minnesota ABLE Plan accounts can be opened online at mn.savewithable.com. Parents of eligible minor children may open an account for their child. Any person can contribute to an ABLE account. Contributions can be made by check, through an employer's payroll direct deposit, or directly from another checking or savings account. "The Minnesota ABLE Plan helps people with disabilities, including those who want to work and build earnings, and families who want to contribute funds that can be used to maintain health, independence and quality of life," said Human Services Commissioner Emily Piper. "People will now be able to save for education, housing, assistive technology and a variety of other things that are not included in public benefits." Ascensus College Savings is the firm that will administer the Minnesota ABLE Plan. People who are interested in the Minnesota ABLE Plan may visit mn.savewithable.com or call 888-609-8872.
NAMI Minnesota Podcast Now Available! NAMI Minnesota's new audio podcast "Mental Health In Minnesota" is now available online through iTunes and other podcast applications. To help celebrate NAMI Minnesota's 40th anniversary, the initial series of podcast episodes are focused on personal stories by founders, members, volunteers, affiliate leaders, and other people who have played an important role in growing our movement and our organization.
The first six episodes include interviews with Reta Lancaster, Anna Mae Marschall, Barb Lindberg, Nate Cannon, Dave Hartford, and Adam Moen.
The podcast is available: at iTunes On the Podcast Website: Search podcast applications for "Mental Health In Minnesota" or "NAMI Minnesota." Subscribe to the podcast to receive automatic updates as future episodes become available!
Listen to Speakers at Mental Health Day at the Capitol!
Audio of the entire rally held on March 16th is available via the "Mental Health In Minnesota" podcast produced by NAMI Minnesota (episode 9). Click here to listen in iTunes or visit www.NamiHelpsUsTalk.org.
According to the MN Dept. of Human Services, Minnesota was selected as one of first states to pilot CCBHCs. Proposed clinics will offer "one-stop-shop" care for people with mental illness and substance use disorders. Minnesota is one of eight states selected to pilot a new model of mental and chemical health care, called CCBHCs the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has announced. CCBHCs are an innovative model designed to bring together behavioral, chemical and physical health care for people with mental and substance use disorders, and serve as a "one-stop-shop" for both adults and children who have trouble getting the services they need.
Typically, a person with a mental illness will need to contact several different agencies to obtain various services, and rarely can someone obtain both mental health and substance use disorder treatment through the same agency. The new model intends to change that by offering services to adults with serious mental illness, children with serious emotional disturbance, and people with substance use disorders. The clinics will offer services such as primary care screening, cognitive behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, and trauma-focused therapy for children.
Last spring, six clinics began planning, and in the fall the Minnesota Department of Human Services certified the following clinics in the Twin Cities metro area as pilot sites:
- Wilder Children and Family Services
- People Incorporated
- Ramsey County Mental Health Center.
A Light Between Their Feet now available for Home Viewing. After completing a 25+ city theatrical release and garnering excellent reviews, including this 4-star review from RogerEbert.com, viewers can now watch A Light Beneath Their Feet at home on TV and on any digital device through various streaming platforms: DVDs from Amazon here Cable VOD: You can rent the movie from your local cable provider iTunes here VUDU here Vimeo On Demand here FandangoNOW here
WebConnect is a new web-based support group that is starting for parents and young adults. This opportunity is intended for those who cannot attend a support group in person due to transportation, physical disabilities, or lack of peer support groups in their community, particularly in greater Minnesota. Below are links to flyers for these new exciting groups. Please spread the word!
Young Adult WebConnect
U of M Seeking Research Participants Living with Schizophrenia - The Department of Psychiatry at the University of Minnesota is looking for volunteers living with schizophrenia for a new research study. TRuSST is investigating whether computerized training might help people with schizophrenia lessen their symptoms and learn new thinking and problem-solving skills. Participants will visit the Vinogradov Lab in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Minnesota to complete questionnaires and a series of cognitive measures. Research staff will conduct an eligibility interview and ask you some questions about your symptoms and how you are feeling. During a second visit, you will complete some questionnaires and a series of cognitive measures. This will take about 4 hours and can be completed in one or two visits. If you are eligible, and you choose to participate, you will be assigned by chance to receive either computerized social cognition exercises or a similar amount of computer games. Participants will be actively involved in the research study intervention for approximately 16-20 weeks. Through your participation in the research study, you could receive up to $415 for participating in the study, or up to $485 if transportation is required. To see if you are eligible, please call (612) 626-7886, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. More information can be found here.
Other Mental Health Resources
Here is a list of resources that compliment NAMI Washington County's services and are good sources of information about mental illnesses, drug & alcohol addiction and support.
Contact these organizations for more mental health help/information:
- NAMI Minnesota (State Level) offers classes and many other resources to the people of Minnesota. Their website offers good information and may answer many of your mental health questions and concerns. 1 (888) NAMI-HELPS See www.namihelps.org or NAMI National see www.nami.org
- Guild - We are passionate, knowledgeable, and forward-thinking employees, volunteers, board members, supporters, and other involved community members with a mission of helping people with mental illness lead quality lives. We believe that people with mental illness are larger than the definition of their diagnosis. So, we partner with the individuals we serve, sticking with them through progress and set-backs, symptoms, medications, and side effects, good days and not-so-good days. see https://guildincorporated.org/
- Housing Accomodations - This guide will give you an insight into the steps you can take to ensure your home is disability-friendly, and how to take these steps in the most cost-effective manner possible. see https://householdquotes.co.uk/disability-accommodation-guide
Renters’ Rights for People with Disabilities
Moving for Seniors and People with Disabilities
- MENTAL HEALTH WELCOME CENTER - Help and referrals to help you thrive and survive. Sponsored by the Ramsey County Community Human Services Department, 1919 University Ave, St. Paul, MN, Telephone: 651-266-7890
- myTherapyApp.com - Depression is something sooner or later almost everyone will come into contact with either themselves or through someone close to them. Lack of knowledge of where to find help and social stigma are the prevalent reasons for lack of treatment. Here is a mental health resource application: https://www.mytherapyapp.com/depression-mood-tracker-app
- Free on iOS and Andriod in the Play Store at:
- NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF MENTAL HEALTH - an excellent source for mental health information. See www.nimh.nih.gov
- PEOPLE INCORPORATED - Independent Living Skills, ArtAbility, and other programs for people with a mental health diagnosis. See www.peopleincorporated.org
- SEEDS COMMUNITY PROGRAM - See www.commed.spps.org
- StartYourRecovery.org is a free, confidential tool that helps individuals take steps toward a healthy relationship with drugs and alcohol. It was developed with the input of leading clinicians, experts from the White House and SAMHSA, and people in recovery themselves. Here, individuals can hear stories from people with similar life experiences, discover the answers they need for recognizing and dealing with substance use issues, and locate support. Family and friends can learn about addiction and how to encourage treatment and support sober living on the website. See StartYourRecovery.org
- Guide to Finding Credible Medical Advice
MNCAMH - We are driven to discover and disseminate innovative, evidence-informed tools and resources to enhance wellness and recovery in the lives of individuals affected by mental illness, substance use disorders, or co-occurring disorders. Our research and training enhances the work of:
- Mental Health and Substance-Use Practitioners
- Service Providers
- Agency Administrators and Policy Makers
Youth Service Bureau - Youth Service Bureau’s mission is to help youth and families learn the skills they need to be more successful at home, in school and throughout their community. Our vision is to be the leader in providing youth and family services throughout the St. Croix Valley. See http://ysb.net/what-we-do/classes-and-events/