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Adult mental health
The Adult Mental Health Division works to ensure that programs and services are available throughout Minnesota. People may need assistance in a variety of areas, such as employment, housing, social connections, family relations and other co-occurring conditions. With the exception of the State Operated Services area of DHS and some state staff working with special county initiatives, the state does not provide direct services. However, the division does provide state and federal funding for mental health treatment. In Minnesota, the county is responsible for providing publicly funded mental health services with federal, state and county funding. In many parts of the state, counties contract with providers to deliver mental health services
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Civil commitment stakeholder group meeting
In response to 2013 legislation, DHS has convened a stakeholder group, with input from the State Court Administrator’s Office, to review mentally ill and dangerous civil commitments. The stakeholder group will also be responsible for the development of recommendations, which will be submitted to the Legislature prior to Jan. 15, 2014.
The stakeholder group includes representatives from DHS, county human services, county attorneys, commitment defense attorneys, the Ombudsman for Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities, the Minnesota Disability Law Center and consumers and advocates.
The stakeholder group first met Sept. 30 and will continue to meet 3 to 5 p.m. Mondays, Oct. 14, Oct. 28, Nov. 18, Dec. 2, Dec. 16, and Jan. 6 at DHS offices, 444 Lafayette Road, St. Paul, Room 5139. If you have questions, are interested in participating, or are aware of consumers who are interested in participating, contact Faye Bernstein at firstname.lastname@example.org or 651-431-2230.
2013 Long-term services and supports gaps analysis
Beginning in 2001 and every two years after the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) has reported on the current capacity and gaps in long-term services and supports and housing to support older adults in Minnesota. The primary source of this report was a survey completed by the counties to describe the capacity for these services in their local areas.
In 2012, the Legislature amended state statute to expand the scope of the survey and resulting report to include people with disabilities, children and youth with mental health conditions and adults living with mental illnesses. Separate surveys were created to focus on services for each of the four populations. The surveys focusing on services for older adults and people with disabilities primarily asked about the availability of long-term services and supports. The surveys focusing on services for children and youth with mental health conditions and adults living with mental illnesses primarily asked about the availability of mental health treatment services.
Adult Mental Health Reform 2020 Recommendations July 2013 Update
Beginning fall 2012, the Adult Mental Health Division formed an Adult Mental Health Reform 2020 Steering Committee to review the mental health continuum of care, identify system gaps, and provide recommendations to the department on potential changes to the publicly funded mental health system of care for adults. A summary of the five workgroups' recommendations, including a July 2013 status update, is now available.
Integrated Dual Disorders Treatment (IDDT) – mental health and addiction treatment
The goal of the DHS Chemical and Mental Health Services Administration is to ensure that the mental and chemical health system of care develops a welcoming, accessible and comprehensive process for service delivery and supports the principle of a “no wrong door” approach to accessing services for co-occurring disorders of addiction and mental illness. A new IDDT webpage has been set up to focus on these issues.
MN 10 by 10
Findings from a number of recent national studies indicate that adults with a serious and persistent mental illness are dying, on average, 25 years earlier than the general public. The leading causes of these premature deaths are heart disease, lung disease, diabetes and cancer. One of the basic reasons for premature death among persons with bipolar disorder or schizophrenia is that very few routinely see their primary care physicians for annual physical health screenings. Yet with regular screening, these diseases can often be prevented by lifestyle changes or can be detected early so treatment can control these health conditions.
A group of public and private professionals and payers have been meeting for over a year to develop an important initiative to improve the average lifespan of Minnesotans with serious mental illness. The goal of the initiative is to increase the average lifespan of Minnesotans with Bipolar Disorder or Schizophrenia by 10 years within 10 years. We refer to this initiative as the MN 10 by 10. The initiative has developed a form that consumer, family members and providers can use as an informational tool for both clients and providers that can be used within the health care setting.
Federal mental health block grant report
The Chemical and Mental Health Services Administration (CMHS) submitted an application for the Community Mental Health Services Federal Block Grant (FBG) for 2012-2013. The current grant application, called the 2012/13 MHBG Behavioral Health Assessment and Plan, describes the public mental health system in Minnesota; identifies needs, priorities, goals and indicators; and describes the proposed use of the FBG. The current application is for a 21-month period October 1, 2011, to June 30, 2013.
As part of the application, states must submit an annual report (MHBG Behavioral Health Report) for 2013 which reports on the previous year’s progress toward goal targets, data required for the federal Uniform Reporting System Basic and Developmental Tables (URS Tables), and utilization of the grant funds.
Public input is sought in the development and updating of the application, and on an ongoing basis. Please provide input in writing to Bruce Weinstock at the Adult Mental Health Division, Minnesota Department of Human Services, P.O. Box 64985, St. Paul, Minnesota 55164-0981; or e-mail to Bruce.Weinstock@state.mn.us.
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