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RECOVERY ADVOCACY SEMINAR

FEBRUARY 20, 2014, 9AM-2:30 PM
Metro State University, St Paul

Registration Deadline:  February 10

More Info: www.minnesotarecovery.org/events
Screening of the Anonymous People is included

MENTAL HEALTH DAY ON THE HILL

Tuesday, March 6, 2014

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Sponsored by the Mental Health Legislative Network (MHLN) – a coalition of over 30 organizations concerned about the quality and availability of mental health services.

10 a.m. – Informational Briefing
Christ Lutheran Church – 105 University Avenue West
(Across the street from the Capitol)
Noon – Visit with your State Legislators
(Call your legislators’ offices to make an appointment ahead of time)
1:30 p.m. – Rally
State Capitol Rotunda

RECOVERY DAY ON THE HILL

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

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Please join us on Tuesday, March 11th, as we rally the recovery community to show Minnesota that recovery is possible and that people recover from addiction every day! Whether you are an individual in recovery, a family member, a friend, a professional in the field, a co-worker or an employer of a recovering person, the recovery community needs you there. Our message is simple: Recovery works!

This is your chance to stand with other supporters of recovery, speak to your legislators, and help ensure that more people in Minnesota get the recovery support they need and deserve!

For more information, and assistance with scheduling a meeting with your legislator, please contact Julia Parnell at 651-233-2080 or julia@minnesotarecovery.org.

SECOND CHANCE DAY ON THE HILL

March 12, 2014

BSF IS A FOUNDING CO-SPONSOR OF SECOND CHANCE DAY ON THE HILL

There are unfair barriers to employment and housing for individuls who had criminal justice contact when they were in mental health crisis.  These barriers make it doubly hard for many to recover from their illness and get their life back.  Join us at the Capitol to help policy makers understand this issue and make urgently needed changes.

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Photos from the 2013 event, Clockwise from upper left:  Mary Jo Rawson of BSF speaks to over 500 in the Minnesota Capitol Rotunda on her jouney from illness to recovery; Mary Jo Rawson of BSF speaks to legislators about the need to end discrimination against those with a mental illness; Marvin Clark of EMERGE Villages speaks about the importance on giving everyone a second chance; State Senator Scott Dibble welcomes the Second Chance Coalition to “Your house, the peoples house.”   The event was MCed by Dan Caine of RS Eden.

6th Annual MDE MAKA SKA CANOE NATIONS GATHERING

May 23, 2014

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Mde Maka Ska, aka Lake Calhoun (near Thomas Beach)

The Mde Maka Ska Canoe Nations Gathering event is an genuine opportunity for Native American youth, parents, and community to re-engage the sacredness of water or mni wakan. Today, the Mde Maka Ska is called Lake Calhoun. Its Dakota name means White Earth Lake. For the Minneapolis-St. Paul Native American community, its proximity inspires an indigenous means to return to cultural, emotional, mental, physical, and spiritual health. As water does for the finned nation, the Mde Maka Ska provides an appropriate environment in which to implement visions of healthier indigenous nations.

The Mde Maka Ska gathering is a linguistically, culturally and historically infused initiative generated by indigenous Dakota precepts regarding water and the sacred architecture it inspired, the canoe. Anishinabe views are also included. The annual gathering is held upon the south shore of Mde Maka Ska, the centuries-old Dakota Nation name for today’s Lake Calhoun.

The first values occupants learn in a canoe is that, no matter what your skin color, cooperation, teamwork and trust are necessary to achieve a healthy and well-balanced craft. BSF is a co-sponsor of Mde Maka Ska Canoe Nations Gathering

9TH ANNUAL CIT INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE IN MONTEREY CALIFORNIA

October 19, 2014

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14TH ANNUAL MENTAL HEALTH EDUCATION PROJECT

ANNUAL CONFERENCE ON MENTAL HEALTH 10:00am – 3:45pm

MHEP raises awareness of mental health, offers education and training, andprovides support for families and individuals. The project received the 2003 Faith Community of the Year Award from NAMI-MN. MHEP is a collaborative program of Jewish Family and Children’s Service of Minneapolis and Jewish Family Service of St. Paul.

FREE and open to all!
FEATURING KEYNOTERS
Ronald Braunstein
Caroline Whiddon
Register online at www.jfcsmpls.org
OR mail this completed form to Fall Conference, c/o JFS of St. Paul, 1633 W Seventh St, St. Paul, MN 55102. Thanks to the generous support of our sponsors, we are able to offer bag lunches at no charge to everyone who registers by MONDAY, OCTOBER 6.

8TH ANNUAL PUBLIC POLICY & MENTAL HEALTH CONFERENCE –

HUMAN TRAFFICKING: A MENTAL HEALTH CHALLENGE

Oct. 29, 2014 8am-4pm

No charge but pre-registration is required.

When: Wednesday, October 29, 2014, 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (program beings at 8:30 a.m.)
Where: University of St. Thomas, Opus Hall, 1000 LaSalle Avenue, Minneapolis, MN, 55403

Who should attend: Attendance is encouraged for professionals from victim services organizations and other allied professions who routinely work with victims of crime in Minnesota. This can include: law enforcement, attorneys, policy makers, educators, victim/witness coordinators, advocates, social workers, and mental health professionals. In addition, students pursuing degrees in any of these professional areas are highly encouraged to attend.

Cost: This conference (including lunch) is free, but preregistration is required.

Registration Deadline: October 21 (or until full). Learn more and register: www.stthomas.edu/celc/ppmh

The Public Policy and Mental Health Conference “Human Trafficking: A Mental Health Challenge” conference will educate participants about human trafficking within our state. Focus will also be given to issues relevant to human and labor trafficking in Minnesota, provide awareness on the depth and scope of the problem from the local and national perspective, and provide insight into Minnesota’s “Safe Harbor” legislation. Participants will be provided information on current trafficking law, historical background on case investigation and prosecution in Minnesota, and how local agencies are working to address the complex mental health needs of this population.

Featured speakers will include U.S. Representative Erik Paulsen; John Choi, Ramsey County Attorney; Vednita Carter, Breaking Free; and Susan Schmidt, MSSW, LGSW, a consultant on children and immigration issues. Special remarks will be given by U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar.

The conference will also include two panel discussions focusing on human trafficking and the complex mental health issues of this population and the role of professionals and policy makers in addressing their needs.

MENTAL HEALTH EDUCATION PROJECT 12TH ANNUAL CONFERENCE

November 11, 2012, 1pm-6pm
Temple Israel, 2324 Emerson Av S, Minneapolis, MN

Over 20 Breakout Sessions. Healing Service.

All are welcome.  Special invitation to individuals who are in recovery from mental illness or who have a loved one in recovery.

For more information call Laurie Kramer, 952 417 2149.

2013 Events

BSF IS A FOUNDING CO-SPONSOR OF
SECOND CHANCE DAY ON THE HILL

January 16, 2013

There are unfair barriers to employment and housing for individuls who had criminal justice contact when they were in mental health crisis.  These barriers make it doubly hard for many to recover from their illness and get their life back.  Join us at the Capitol to help policy makers understand this issue and make urgently needed changes.

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BSF STAFF PARTICIPATING WITH THE MINNESOTA DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES STAFF AND WORK GROUP ON THE REWRITING OF RULE 40. YEAR LONG PROCESS 2012-2013
In response to a lawsuit, DHS pledged to rewrite rule 40, to largely prohibit use of force, seclusion and restraints for DHS staff and DHS contractors.  Barbara Schneider Foundation joined in to ensure that staff receive appropriate de-escalation training and that systems are put in place to protect individuals with a mental illness from physical abuse.

2013 NOT OUR KIDS CONFERENCE

March 3, FREE AND OPEN TO ALL

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MENTAL HEALTH DAY ON THE HILL

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

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Sponsored by the Mental Health Legislative Network (MHLN) – a coalition of over 20 organizations concerned about the quality and availability of mental health services.
10 a.m. – Informational Briefing
Christ Lutheran Church – 105 University Avenue West
(Across the street from the Capitol)
12 Noon – Rally
State Capitol Rotunda
1 p.m. – Visit with your State Legislators
(Call your legislators’ offices to make an appointment ahead of time)

RECOVERY DAY ON THE HILL

Thursday, March 14, 2013 12PM TO 1PM

capital_domePlease join us on Thursday, March 14th, as we rally the recovery community to show Minnesota that recovery is possible and that people recover from addiction every day! Whether you are an individual in recovery, a family member, a friend, a professional in the field, a co-worker or an employer of a recovering person, the recovery community needs you there. Our message is simple: Recovery works!

This is your chance to stand with other supporters of recovery, speak to your legislators, and help ensure that more people in Minnesota get the recovery support they need and deserve!
For more information, and assistance with scheduling a meeting with your legislator, please contact Julia Parnell at 651-233-2080 or julia@minnesotarecovery.org.

A PERSONAL JOURNEY IN THE FIGHT FOR REAL REFORM IN COVERAGE FOR MENTAL HEALTH AND ADDICTION TREATMENT

March 22, free and open to all
Co-sponsored by Barbara Schneider Foundation
Hosted by the University of St Thomas, Minneapolis

Public Policy in Mental Health Luncheon Series:

A Personal Journey in the Fight for Real Reform in Coverage for Mental Health and Addiction Treatment

Dave Wellstone, Let’s Start Talking
Mark Anderson, Barbara Schneider Foundation
Pat Jensen, University of St Thomas Public Policy and Mental Health Chair.

David Wellstone, son of the late Minnesota Senator Paul Wellstone, will address the issue of political activism and legislation in mental health and substance abuse treatment.
Wellstone carried out his father’s legacy by lobbying for the Paul Wellstone and Pete Domenici Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008, addressing the issue of dual diagnosis.

This event is brought to you by the Public Policy and Leadership program at the University of St. Thomas College of Education, Leadership and Counseling.

5th Annual MDE MAKA SKA CANOE NATIONS GATHERING

May 24, 2013

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The Mde Maka Ska Canoe Nations Gathering event is an genuine opportunity for Native American youth, parents, and community to re-engage the sacredness of water or mni wakan. Today, the Mde Maka Ska is called Lake Calhoun. Its Dakota name means White Earth Lake. For the Minneapolis-St. Paul Native American community, its proximity inspires an indigenous means to return to cultural, emotional, mental, physical, and spiritual health. As water does for the finned nation, the Mde Maka Ska provides an appropriate environment in which to implement visions of healthier indigenous nations.
The Mde Maka Ska gathering is a linguistically, culturally and historically infused initiative generated by indigenous Dakota precepts regarding water and the sacred architecture it inspired, the canoe. Anishinabe views are also included. The annual gathering is held upon the south shore of Mde Maka Ska, the centuries-old Dakota Nation name for today’s Lake Calhoun.
The first values occupants learn in a canoe is that, no matter what your skin color, cooperation, teamwork and trust are necessary to achieve a healthy and well-balanced craft.
BSF is a co-sponsor of Mde Maka Ska Canoe Nations Gathering

2013 8th Annual CIT International Conference

Oct, 14-16, 2013 in Hartford, Connecticutconference

CIT International is partnering this year with Connecticut Alliance to Benefit Law Enforcement, Inc. (CABLE, Inc.) to host the 2013 Annual Conference.  Together we invite you to attend and share in the opportunities to network, learn and continue to grow and sustain the CIT program.

FUNDRAISER FOR BARBARA SCHNEIDER FOUNDATION

Tuesday October 29, 2013, 5-7PM
At the home of William Cope Moyers and Nell Hurley
873 Fairmount Av, St Paul, MN 55105

Reception for St Thomas Conference

$50 Suggested donation
Keynote: Carol McDaid

Carol McDaid was instrumental in the passage of the 2008 Paul Welltstone and Pete Domenici Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act.  A founding member of Faces and Voices of Recovery and a member of the Betty Ford Institute Board, Carol was the recipient of the 2007 American Honors Recovery Award.


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7TH ANNUAL MENTAL HEALTH AND PUBLIC POLICY CONFERENCE

Wednesday October 30, 2013 11:30am – 3pm
University of St. Thomas – Minneapolis Campus
Presented by
  • St. Thomas, College of Applied Professional Studies, Public Policy Program
  • Minnesota Office of Ombudsman for Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities
  • Barbara Schneider Foundation

Implementation of Mental Health and Addiction Treatment Parity
What are the policy challenges?
How can Mental Health and Addiction Recovery Communites Work Together?
Keynote by Carol McDaid
Also David Wellstone
The conference will address mental health issues specific to vulnerable youth and will explore social justice issues in mental health and disability. Professionals and students in special education, social work psychology, public policy, education and law are encouraged to attend. Free and Open to the Public

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BUILDING ON OUR LEGACY
TWIN CITIES JEWISH COMMUNITY
ANNUAL CONFERENCE ON MENTAL HEALTH

Oct. 13, 2013 12:30-5:30 PM

BSF Co-sponsors this 13th Annual Conference

Keynote, Dave Wellstone
Over 20 Breakout Sessions. Healing Service.
All are welcome.  Special invitation to individuals who are in recovery from mental illness or who have a loved one in recovery. No charge to attend.
Also, Celebration Dinner, Thursday, October 10 at Shaller Family Campus, St. Paul, Tickets $36.
For more information and to buy tickets call Laurie Kramer, 952 417 2149.

2012 Events

SECOND CHANCE DAY ON THE HILL

January 31, 2012, 10 am Capitol Rotunda, St. Paul, Minnesota

BSF calls for a second chance for those who have a mental illness and have had contact. Barbara Schneider Foundaion is a founding member of the Second Chance Coalition.

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Photos from Second Chance Coalition Day on the Hill
For more information please email Tanya Gardner or call (905) 972-8118. You may fax your completed registration form to 905-972-8448.

6th Annual Mental Health and Public Policy Conference

THE ROLE OF TRAUMA IN MENTAL HEALTH

FRIDAY, APRIL 27, 8am -4pm.
University of St. Thomas Minneapolis Campus Opus Hall
Presented by
  • University of St. Thomas, College of Applied Professional Studies, Public Policy Program
  • Minnesota Office of Ombudsman for Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities

The conference will address mental health issues specific to vulnerable youth and will explore social justice issues in mental health and disability. Professionals and students in special education, social work psychology, public policy, education and law are encouraged to attend.
Free and Open to the Public
Conference Outline
8 a.m. Registration
8:30 a.m. Welcome Bruce Kramer, Ph. D., Dean, College of Applied Professional Studies
9 a.m. Dr. Jonathan Jensen, Associate Professor and Director
Residency Training Program in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, University of Minnesota
10:15 a.m. Panel: Culture and Trauma
Ahmed Yusuf, Mauricio Cifuentes, Rosa E. Garcia-Peltoniemi
(Pamela Hoopes, moderator)
11:30 a.m. Lunch and Table Discussions
1 p.m. Panel: Stories from the Field
Dr. Jennifer Ostergaard, Roberta Opheim, Maureen Marrin
(Dr. Colin Hollidge, moderator)
2:15 p.m Owen Rice, Deputy Sheriff at Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office
3:15 p.m Closing Remarks: Patricia Jensen
3:30 p.m Reception
Co-sponsored by: St. Catherine University • University of St. Thomas School of Social Work

University of St Thomas, Minneapolis Campus, Opus Hall, LaSalle Av and South 10th Street.  No charge to attend.   Open to community members and professionals.
Owen Rice, HCSO, was a featured speaker.  Owen has presented on combat related trauma at BSF’s CIT trainings for several years.

SOMALI MENTAL HEALTH COMMUNITY OUTREACH MEETING

Wednesday May 2, 2012 10:00am-noon 389 Hamline Avenue St. Paul, MN 55104
No charge to the public to participate

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Hagaajinta sida looga jawaabo dhibaatooyinka cudurada maskaxda
Ka hortagga dhibaatooyinka la xiriira cudurada maskaxda
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This meeting addressed how the mental health crisis response system impacts the Somali community and identified barriers to high quality crisis response.   There was a presentation in English and Somali and plenty of time for community members to ask questions and engage in discussion.
Co-sponsored by: Barbara Schneider Foundation; and

Abdullahi Egal Excutive Director
Somali Cultural and Human Services
2147 University Ave. W. Suite 107
Tel.651-214-0622 Fax.651-224-6104
E-mail: somcul@gmail.com.

All community members are welcome to attend. Breakfast will be served

MDE MAKA SKA CANOE NATIONS GATHERING

May 25, 2012

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Lake Calhoun aka Mde Maka Ska (near Thomas Beach)

The Mde Maka Ska Canoe Nations Gathering event is an genuine opportunity for Native American youth, parents, and community to re-engage the sacredness of water or mni wakan. Today, the Mde Maka Ska is called Lake Calhoun. Its Dakota name means White Earth Lake. For the Minneapolis-St. Paul Native American community, its proximity inspires an indigenous means to return to cultural, emotional, mental, physical, and spiritual health. As water does for the finned nation, the Mde Maka Ska provides an appropriate environment in which to implement visions of healthier indigenous nations.
The Mde Maka Ska gathering is a linguistically, culturally and historically infused initiative generated by indigenous Dakota precepts regarding water and the sacred architecture it inspired, the canoe. Anishinabe views are also included. The annual gathering is held upon the south shore of Mde Maka Ska, the centuries-old Dakota Nation name for today’s Lake Calhoun.
The first values occupants learn in a canoe is that, no matter what your skin color, cooperation, teamwork and trust are necessary to achieve a healthy and well-balanced craft.
[BSF is a co-sponsor of Mde Maka Ska Canoe Nations Gathering and works with the American Indian community in the American Indian Safety Council and the Metropolitan Urban Indian Directors Group subcommittee on public safety.] 

3nd Annual bsf Golf Tournament

Theodore Wirth Golf Course, 1301 Theodore Wirth Parkway,
Minneapolis, MN 55422
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Schedule

8:00 a.m. Continental Breakfast

9:00 a.m. Shotgun, with golf & cart, Scramble Format

Luncheon with prizes & silent auction items after golf

Sign up by yourself – We’ll pair you with other golfers – or sign up as a foursome. Mixed men and women’s teams are very welcome. Or, if you can’t join us for golf, please send your tax deductible donation to support our work.

• • • • • • • • • • Be a Tournament Sponsor • • • • • • • • • •

$1000

Corporate sponsor

Recognition in the program & all tournament-related publicity, includes your team of 4 golfers

$750

Individual sponsor

Recognition in the program, includes participation of 2 golfers

$350

Hole sponsor

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Proceeds to support Barbara Schneider Foundation’s work to strengthen the response to responders, hospital emergency rooms, social workers in the community and schools. Help us reduce trauma and improve outcomes for responders and those with an illness.

FIELD HEARING ON: IMPLEMENTATION OF THE FEDERAL MENTAL HEALTH PARITY LAW

Monday, July 16, 2012 6:30 -8:30 pm
The Recovery Church, 253 State St., St. Paul, MN 55107

With:
Patrick Kennedy
Jim Ramstad
Dave Wellstone
Featuring:
Betty McCollum
Keith Ellison
Panel 1: Addiction and Mental Health Consumers and Providers
1. Tricia Stark
2. Katie Bird
3. Billy Hamilton
4. Kim Schwichtenberg
5. Judge Casey Christain
Panel 2: Government officials, academics/researchers and insurers
1. Dr. Gavin Bart (Hennepin County Medical Center)
2. Lucinda Jesson (Commissioner of DHS)
3. Kevin Evenson (Director of DHS-ADAD)
4. Glenn Andis (Medica)

3ND INTERNATIONAL CIT CONFERENCE

August 20-22, 2012 Las Vegas, Nevada
Details: www.citinternational.org

Barbara Schneider Foundation presented 3 breakout sessions, at the CIT International Conference in Las Vegas, focused on teaching de-escalation to police officers and strengthening a CIT program with strong partnerships between police, mental health providers and mental health advocates.  Copies of the power points used in the breakouts on: Barriers to De-escalation in 5 Cultural Communities; De-escalation when the Symptom is Hypersexuality; and Partnership with Advocacy as a Core Element of CIT are all available by email from admin@thebarbaraschneiderfoundation.org

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Photos of BSF breakouts from the top: Overflow crowd at breakout on Barriers to De-escalation in 5 Cultural Communities; De-escalation when the Symptom is Hypersexuality; BSF Actor and CIT Coach/Trainer present a training scenario that teaches de-escalation of a crisis.

MENTAL HEALTH EDUCATION PROJECT 12TH ANNUAL CONFERENCE

November 11, 2012, 1pm-6pm
Temple Israel, Minneapolis

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Mark Anderson introduced the Jewish War Veterans who led the conference in the Pledge of Allegiance in honor of Veterans Day.  Conference Chair Laurie Kramer with special guest David Wellstone. (Photos by Tom Segal)

2011 Events

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September 11-14, 2011,  Virginia Beach, VA

SAVE THE DATE for the Second Annual International CIT Conference!
(Formerly the National CIT Conference) This event is Sponsored by CIT International.
Here’s the link to register: http://www.citi2011.com/

MENTAL HEALTH EDUCATION PROJECT 11TH ANNUAL CONFERENCE

November 13, 2011, 1pm-6pm
Temple Israel, Minneapolis

Co-sponsored by BSF. Watch this space for details as they become available.

SECOND CHANCE DAY ON THE HILL

January 26, 2011, 10 am
Capitol Rotunda, St. Paul, Minnesota

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BSF calls for a second chance for those who have a mental illness and have had contact. Barbara Schneider Foundaion is a founding member of the Second Chance Coalition.

MENTAL HEALTH DAY ON THE HILL

March 8, 2011
9am Christ Lutheran Church information briefing
10am Capitol Rotunda Rally

The Mental Health Legislative Network will host its annual day on the hill Tuesday, March 8th. The event will begin with an information session about important issues for this year’s legislative session at Christ Lutheran Church in St. Paul, followed by a rally at the Capitol Rotunda. Mental Health Day on the Hill is a great opportunity for you to share your concerns about legislation that will have an affect on people living with mental illnesses with your legislators.

TRANSFORMING FAMILIES

April 8, 2011, 8:30am-4pm
Mt Zion Temple, 1300 Summit Av, St Paul
Co-sponsored by BSF.

A community conversation recognizing accomplishments and exploring new understandings and strategies to break the cycle of family violence.  For, Criminal Justice, Human Service Providers, Domestic Violence Workers, Policy Makers.

Keynote:   Dr, Linda Mills, author of Violent Partners

Judge Pam Alexander, President, Council on Crime and Justice

Victoria Reinhardt, Chair of the Ramsey County Board

Carol Arthur, Executive Director, Domestic Abuse Project

And much more…
Registration $25.   Contact: Bestsy Sitkoff, 952 546 0616, bsitkoff@jfcsmpls.org

Follow these links for more details:
http://www.jfcsmpls.org/
http://www.co.ramsey.mn.us/ph/index.htm

5th ANNUAL Public Policy & Mental Health Conference:

SOCIAL JUSTICE FOR PEOPLE WITH MENTAL ILLNESS:

WHAT WORKS AND WHAT WE NEED

May 6, 2011, 9am – 3pm
University of St. Thomas, Minneapolis, Thorton Auditorium

Co-sponsored by BSF (Conference will focus on the needs and issues of youth & challenges faced by underserved populations. Public policy  suggestions & recommendations will be explored.)

Speakers: William Cope Moyers, Vice President of Foundation Relations for Hazelden; Hon. Donovan Frank, U.S. District Judge, District of MN; Pete Feigle, Co-Founder ‘Tilting At Windmills’; Tim Rumsey M.D., United Family Practice Health Center; Georgetta Hawkins,  Mpls. Public Schools Social Worker; Lissa Jones, ED, African American Family Services
No charge to attend.   Lunch is included.  But you must register in advance on the Univeristy of St Thomas Website.

Canadian Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) Conference 2011

Tuesday May 17th and Wednesday May 18th, 2011
The Courtyard Marriott, 1224 Upper James Street, Hamilton, ON
905-383-7772 or 1-866-321-2211
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For more information please email Tanya Gardner or call (905) 972-8118. You may fax your completed registration form to 905-972-8448.

2010 Events

THE NIGHT THE JAILHOUSE ROCKED

Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Minnesota Valley Country Club
6300 Auto Club Road,
Bloomington

Headliner: The King Himself (or reasonable facsimile) with
The Best Little Band This Side of Memphis

The jail is gonna be rockin’!

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A Fun evening planned. 5pm Social/cocktail hour.
Full dinner. Great & unique entertainment.

Silent Auction and Live Auction:

  • Trip to Africa
  • Twins batting practice
  • Sailing for 4 on Lake Pepin

Many Silent auction items:

  • Singing Doctor Jim Layer – to sing during cocktail/social hour
  • James Backstrom, Dakota County Attorney will perform Elvis impersonation AND raffle a 1/2 hour of his Elvis impersonation to highest bidder
Elizabeth_ReisElizabeth Reis, Twin Cities Live host on KSTP-TV will Emcee

2009 Events

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 18 – 11:00 am

MENTAL ILLNESS: Not So Far from Home As We May Think

Truth to Tell’s ANDY DRISCOLL and LYNNELL MICKELSEN talk with three of the Barbara Schneider Foundation’s principals about where the movement is taking us.

GUESTS:

MARK ANDERSON – Executive Director, Barbara Schneider Foundation and the Mental Health Crisis Response Institute

CHARLES JENSEN – Mental health advocate with Barbara Schneider Foundation; 12 years homeless; arrested 89 times, including seven felony arrests

PATTI KRESSLEY – police officer(13 years); MA, counseling psychology; Instructor, Argosy University

“RUTH” – Mental Health Consumer

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blueheartCongratulations! TO OUR 2009 BARBARA SCHNEIDER FOUNDATION AWARD WINNERS:
TRAINING:

EDUCATION:

COMMUNITY SERVICE:

CONSUMER:

DONOR:

COLLABORATOR:

Sergeant Joann Springer, Ramsey County Sheriff’s Office

Tom Braun, Community Member

Rubén Rosario, St. Paul Pioneer Press

Charles Jensen, Barbara Schneider Foundation Board

Becky Barnes, LICSW, Family Member

Dick Embacher, South Central Community Based Initiative

Our CIT training partners from the Ramsey County Sheriff’s Office and the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office joined us for an evening of celebration of our success at growing the CIT movement in Minnesota. Our thanks to all our law enforcement partners who have become incolved in CIT.

6th ANNUAL BSF SUMMER GALA

Thursday, August 13, 2009, 7-10pm Five Event Center, 2917 Bryant Avenue S.
(former 5th Precinct of the Minneapolis PD)
Barbara Schneider Foundation invites you to join us for our annual Summer Gala. We will be thanking all our Partners, Volunteers and Contributors who participated in our work during the last year by; volunteering, hosting a training, presenting at, or attending a BSF training.
yolandebruce The evening will be filled with delicious food, exciting prizes, great company, and the music of the nationally known Yolande Bruce, best known as a member of the award winning vocal jazz group Moore by Four. She has performed nationally and internationally, and opened for such legendary acts as Dizzy Gillespie, Ella Fitzgerald, Sara Vaughn, and BB King.Yolande has received many awards including the nomination for Best Female Jazz Artist by the Minnesota Music Awards. She is also an actress with stand-out performances including Blues in the Night at the Ordway, and Black Nativity at the Penumbra Theater. She is a very versatile entertainer and Emcee, a performer not to be missed!

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Thanks! to our Major Training and Collaboration Partners, Summer 2008-Summer 2009

Criminal Justice Partners10th Judicial District

180 Degrees

Chicago Police Department

CIT International

Hennepin County Attorney’s Office

Hennepin County Community Corrections

Hennepin County Mental Health Court

Hennepin County Sheriff’s Deputies Association

Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office

Isanti Police Department

Metro Critical Incident Response Team

Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe Tribal Police

Minneapolis Police Department

Minnesota Chiefs of Police Association

Minnesota CIT Officers Association

Minnesota Legal Services Coalition

Minnesota Peace and Police Officers Association

Partners in Crisis Florida

Ramsey County Emergency Communications

Ramsey County Mental Health Court

Ramsey County Sheriff’s Office

Scott County Sheriff’s Office

St Paul Police Department

University of Minnesota Police Department

Washington County Attorney’s Office

Washington County Sheriff’s Office

Education PartnersCentury College

Concordia University

Metropolitan State University

Minneapolis Public Schools

St. Olaf College

University of Minnesota

University of St. Thomas

Community Partners

American Women/Men In Need

American Indian Safety Council

Argosy University Twin Cities

Basilica of Saint Mary

City Advocates for Human Rights

African of Minneapolis

Council on Crime and Justice

Eli Lilly

Gadtke Family

Heading Home Hennepin

Interfaith Network for Mental Health

Minnesota Chapter, Public Risk Management Association

Olu’s Home

Oswald Family Foundation

Scott County CDA

St. Joan of Arc Mental Health Ministry

Tom Braun Fund of the Minneapolis Foundation

Mental Health Community PartnersAlzheimer’s Association

Brown County Human Services

Consumer Survivor Network of Minnesota

Crisis Connection

Delancey Street

Guild, Inc.

Hennepin County Human Services

HSI

Mental Health Association of Minnesota

Mental Health Consumer/Survivor Network of MN

Mental Health Education Project

Mental Health Legislative Network

Metro Children’s Crisis Services

Minnesota Assn of Mental Health Residential Facilities

Minnesota Department of Human Services

Minnesota Disability Law Center

Minnesota Mental Health Advisory Council

Minnesota Mental Health Association

Minnesota Teen Challenge

NAMI Hennepin County

NAMI Minnesota

NAMI Ramsey County

People Incorporated

Ramsey County Human Services

Ramsey County Local Mental Health Advisory Council

Region 7E Crisis Services

Rise, Inc.

SAVE

Scott County Community Action Program

South Central Community Based Initiative

South Metro

Tasks Unlimited

Trilogy Integrated Resources-Network of Care

Wadena County Local Mental Health Adv.Council

Washington County Local Mental Health Advisory Council

Health Care PartnersAbbott Northwestern Hospital

Allina

Comunidades Latinas Unidas En Servicio (C

LUES)

District One Hospital

Fairview

Hazelden

Hennepin County Medical Center

Janssen Pharmaceutical

Mayo Clinic

Mille Lacs Health System

Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans

Metro EMS Board

Northfield Hospital

Prairie St John’s

Regions Hospital

St Peter Regional Treatment CenterTraining Partners

88th Regional Readiness Command

Consumer Volunteers

Crisis Company

Double O Media

LEAP Institute

MASA Consulting

Pro-Crisis

Temple Israel

Time to ACT: Addressing mental health issues
in Underserved populations

May 7, 2009 8:30am – 5:00pm
Terrence Murphy Hall, St. Thomas Campus
1000 LaSalle Ave., Minneapolis

Barbara Schneider Foundation is Co-sponsoring the third annual Mental Health and Public Policy Conference, focused on underserved populations – How Minnesota can take better care of underserved populations – the homeless, elderly and poor, people of color, veterans, prison populations and more.

The daylong conference is sponsored by the university’s Public Policy and Leadership program. It is open both to professionals and the public. Registration fees range from $20 (student) to $100 (for professional and continuing education credits). Online registration and more information is available at www.stthomas.edu/education/events.

The conference features presentations and commentary by a wide-ranging group of mental health professionals, public servants and interested citizens.

The day’s events begin with a welcome by Dr. Bruce Kramer, interim dean of St. Thomas’ College of Applied Professional Studies, and opening remarks by conference coordinator Patricia Jensen, adjunct professor in public policy.

Morning keynote speaker is Dr. L. Read Sulik, who last November began a position as Minnesota’s new assistant commissioner for chemical and mental health services in the Minnesota Department of Human Services, will share seven priorities he has set for improving mental health services in the state. Among them: eradicating the stigma still associated with mental illness, overcoming barriers to access, reducing costs of mental health care and promoting activities that improve wellness.

The midday speaker will be Minnesota Sen. John Marty (DFL, District 54), chairman of the Minnesota Senate Committee on Health, Housing and Family Security. He is chief author of the proposed MN Health Plan, a statewide health-care plan currently under discussion by the Minnesota Legislature. It would cover primary, dental and mental health care, hospitalization and prescription medication.

Afternoon keynoter is Dennis Donovan, a research fellow in the Center for Democracy and Citizenship at the University of Minnesota’s Hubert H. Humphrey Institute for Public Affairs. He is lead organizer of the center’s Warrior to Citizen program, a grassroots effort to provide enduring support to Minnesota’s returning veterans and their families. He also leads Public Achievement, an international youth civic engagement and education initiative. The former educator was a founder of the St. Paul Ecumenical Alliance of Congregations (SPEAC) and received the 2008 University of Minnesota Community Service Award.

A variety of breakout sessions also are scheduled on topics ranging from homelessness, cultural diversity and the elderly to veterans and prison issues. The day will conclude with a discussion of action plans.
For further information or questions about this conference, call
Sonja Runck in the College of Applied Professional Studies, (651) 962-4431.

*A special thank you to the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community for their generous support.

4th Annual Upper Midwest CIT Conference

April 22, 2009
Minneapolis Convention Center
  • Thanks to all our attendees for making this a very successful conference!
  • Our thanks for underwriting assistance with this conference to:
    • Becky Barnes in memory of her son Jonathan Barnes
    • Eli Lilly
    • Oswald Family Foundation
  • Thanks as well to all our presenters who gave so generously of their time:
    • Lt. Mike Woody, President, CIT International
    • Dr. Xavier Amador
    • All our breakout presenters
    • All our vendor table sponsors

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Conference photos courtesy of James Robert Herbert Imaging

Funded by a grant from the National Institute of Mental Health, Amy Watson, PhD, from the Jane Addams College of Social Work, University of Illinois Chicago, and her colleagues studied the CIT program in four Chicago Police Districts. The research team interviewed 216 CIT and non-CIT officers at 4 different time points about their experiences with mental health calls and the mental health system as well as their experience with and attitudes towards the CIT program. Results concerning the implications of CIT implementation on call outcomes, officer use of force and officer attitudes will be discussed.

Network of Care

Presenter: Jacqueline Zimmer, Trilogy, Topic:Network of Care for Behavioral Health is an on line communication advocacy tool and information place for individuals, families and agencies concerned with mental and emotional wellness, substance abuse and developmental disabilities. Provides on line critical information communication and advocacy tools. Learn how an online information site can assist families and agencies in keeping up-to-date on individuals with mental and emotional wellness, substance abuse and developmental disabilities. Hands-on demonstration illustrates the value of access to mental health information.

Mental Health Crisis Response Institute

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40 Hour CIT Training for Law Enforcement April 27- May 1

Hosted by Washington County Sheriff’s Department, $475 for the five day class. May 11-15, 2009, SCCBI in Brown County. These Memphis model CIT trainings use police trainers and daily scenario based role plays with professional actors.

32 Hour CIT Mental Health Response for Corrections and Detention
May 4-7, 2009, Ramsey County Sheriff

This training for corrections and detention staff is a 4-day program developed to address real world situations in jails and prisons with daily scenario based role plays using professional actors.
4 Hour 911 Call Taker and Dispatcher Training
This training is available to any 911 system in Minnesota that wants to update call taker and dispatcher training to improve dispatch of CIT officers to mental health 911 calls.
4 Hour Mental Health Crisis and Intro to CIT In-service for Law Enforcement
8 Hour CIT Facilitator/Coach Training
Fall, 2009, BSF is bringing in Crisis Company trainers to provide this advanced level CIT training for CIT officers who are interested in learning new skills or in leading CIT role play training. There is no charge for qualified CIT officers

8 Hour Social Service De-escalation Training, Managing The Mental Health Crisis
June 2, 2009, Temple Israel, Minneapolis

Training by Jonathan W. Bundt, MA, LMFT. This training is designed to give care providers skills that will enhance their readiness and response to these crisis events. Participants gain understanding of how to intervene with individuals in crisis and maintain their own safety and that of their client. CEUs for Social Workers, Psychologists and Marriage and Family Therapists.

8 Hour Children In Crisis

Deals specifically with issues school resource officers and school staff must face on a daily basis in dealing with the adolescent population. Includes role play skills training with professional Crisis Company actors.
4 and 8 Hour EMT/Paramedic/hospital nurse Training for Mental Health Calls
BSF trainings with its partners Crisis Company and Pro-Crisis. Other partners include Metro Region EMS Board, Arrowhead EMS Board,l EMS providers and higher education institutions.

8 Hour Mental Health De-escalation for Office Staff

Customized for those who work in a government office, courts or other setting where callers or walk-ins may be struggling with mental health illness. Includes a consumer panel on recovery from severe mental illness and appropriate scenario role plays with professional actors.

Customized Trainings for your Agency, Contact us to discuss your particular needs.

Call Mark Anderson at BSF for details 612 801-8572, or email admin@thebarbaraschneiderfouncation.org

Second Chance Day on the Hill

Feb. 11, 2009, 10 am  Capitol Rotunda, St. Paul, Minnesota

Join hundreds of others, and advocate for change. Hear the stories of those who have struggled to move beyond their past, become contributing members of our community and redeem themselves.

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For more info visit www.goodwilleasterseals.org/secondchance

The Second Chance Day on the Hill Minnesota is sponsored and supported by a partnership of nonprofits and companies that believe ex-offenders have paid their debt to society and deserve a second chance to become law-abiding taxpaing citizens.

2008 Events

2008 National CIT Conference

November 4-6, 2008

Hyatt Regency Downtown Atlanta, Georgia


“Georgia on Your Mind – CIT in Your Heart”
Presented by the Georgia Crisis Intervention Team. Click on the link below for more information. http://www.namiga.org/NGA-CIT-conference08.htm
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events sponsored by SAMHSA and the gains center

Essential Elements

The Council of State Governments Justice Center put together the Essential Elements series, a collection of publications that provide advice on strategies for responding to the needs of individuals with mental illness in the criminal justice system. The most recent publication that has been released is Improving Responses to People with Mental Illnesses: The Essential Elements of a Specialized Law Enforcement-Based Program. For more information about these resources, click here.

Coming Home from War: Traumatic Brain
Injury in Returning Combat Vets

Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2008, 1:00 to 3:00pm
North Hennepin Community College College of Liberal Arts Building – Room 120

Presenters: Jack Avery, Traumatic Brain Injury Unit, VA Hospital and

Major Cynthia Rasmussen, Combat Stress Officer, Sexual Assault Response Coordinator, 88th Regional Readiness Command

Sponsored by NHCC, Disability Access Services, 763-493-0555, Veterans Resource Center

Open Doors – Open Hearts: Welcoming Spiritual Communities After Prison Or Recovery

Saturday, October 11th, 2008, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Recovery Church, West Campus, Wesley United Methodist Church,
101 East Grant St., Minneapolis

Purpose: This pioneering kickoff event is the beginning of a movement to explore how welcoming and inclusive spiritual communities can benefit those returning from prison or recovery centers as well as themselves.

Who Is This Event For?

  • People returning from prison or in mental health or chemical dependency recovery who want to continue a spiritual practice started in prison or in recovery and those who wish to start
  • Representatives from Twin Cities spiritual communities committed to Open Doors-Open Hearts
  • Representatives from the Minnesota Department of Corrections, Minnesota Department of Human Services, and Governor’s Council on Faith and Community Service Initiatives
  • Representatives from community service agencies
  • Anyone who passionately cares about more inclusive and diverse spiritual communities

What Will Happen?
We will all come together in a circle. People returning from prison and people in recovery, government and community service professionals, and representatives of spiritual communities in the Twin Cities will share ideas and viewpoints. Through a process called “Open Space,” all participants will have an equal opportunity to be heard and to identify the issues and opportunities they are most passionate about. These meaningful conversations held in concurrent sessions during the day will provide the basis for recommendations and next steps. While we don’t know what the specific results will be, we do know that this process generates interactive learning, inspirational visions, surprising partnerships, heart-felt community, and transformative outcomes. Please call Cal Appleby at 612-929-0901.

This conference was underwritten by the Trust for the Meditation Process, a charitable foundation supporting contemplative practice among Christians and encouraging dialogue and cooperation among all contemplative traditions.  www.trustformeditation.org

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Community Forum on Mental Health in Ramsey County

September 15, 5:30-7:30 pm, Arlington High School, Great Hall,1495 Rice St, St Paul, MN

Sponsored by: The Mental Health Association of Minnesota (MHA), Ramsey County Adult and Children’s Mental Health Advisory Councils, Ramsey County Children’s Mental Health Collaborative, Mental Health Consumer/Survivor Network, Ramsey County NAMI, the Barbara Schneider Foundation and CLUES

This is an opportunity for all those from the mental health communnity to have a chance to discuss ways we can collaborate to improve our mental health system.

Summer Soiree

Please join us on August 14, 2008 from 6 – 10 pm at the
Theodore Wirth Park Country Club, 1339 Theodore Wirth Parkway, Minneapolis.
singer The 5th Annual Summer Soirée is our way of saying thank you to all of our Contributors, Volunteers, Supporters, Workers and Crisis Trained Responders.Thomasina  Petrus, the premier Twin Cities jazz vocalist, will perform for you at our Summer Soirée.

During the last year we sponsored crisis training for social workers, emergency medical technicians, paramedics, hospital emergency room staff, school psychologists, patrol officers, and jail staff.  And we have numerous trainings scheduled for this next year.  Come celebrate the progress we are making to provide first responders with an educated health response to mental health crisis.

Spend a pleasurable summer evening at the Theodore Wirth Park Country Club, with superb food and drink, and dancing to the sultry jazz tunes of Thomasina Petrus.  Cost is just $30 per person.  Purchase your tickets online on our home page or by calling BSF at 612-801-8572.

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2008 Barbara Schneider Foundation
Public Service Awards were presented to:
  • Rick Kupchella, KARE TV, for his series on mental health crisis
  • Ramsey County Sheriff Bob Fletcher, for his support of the CIT model
  • Tom Green, for year-long Mental Health series and annual Mental Health fair at the Basilica of Saint Mary
  • Lt Randy Carroll, for his work to develop the CIT model through trainings at the Hennepin County Jail
Thanks to our Major Training and Collaboration Partners, Summer 2007 – Summer 2008

Criminal Justice Partners

Anoka County Sheriff’s Department
Appleton Wisconsin Police Department
Benson Police Department
Hennepin County Attorney’s Office
Hennepin County Mental Health Court
Hennepin County Sheriff’s Department
Isanti Police Department
Minneapolis Police Department
Minnesota Chiefs of Police Association
Moorhead Police Department
Ramsey County Mental Health Court
Ramsey County Sheriff’s Department
Savage Police Department
Scott County Sheriff’s Department
Shakopee Police Department
University of Minnesota Police Department
Wright County Sheriff’s Department

Education Partners

Century College
Inver Hills Community College
Metropolitan State University
Minneapolis Public Schools
Minnesota State University Moorhead
Ridgewater College
St. Olaf College
University of Minnesota
University of St. Thomas

Community Partners
Alchemy Project
merican Indian Safety Council
Basilica of Saint Mary
City of Minneapolis
Council on Crime and Justice
Dick Senese Memorial Fund for Irene Senese
Eli Lilly
Gadtke Family
Heading Home Hennepin
Interact
Interfaith Network for Mental Health
The Advocates for Human Rights
Oswald Family Foundation
St. Joan of Arc Mental Health Ministry
Tom Braun Fund of the Minneapolis Foundation

National Partners
Partners in Crisis Florida

Mental Health Community Partners
Brain Injury Association of Minnesota
Cass County Human Services
Crisis Connection
Eden Programs
Guild, Inc.
Hennepin County Human Services
Mental Health Consumer/Survivor Network of MN
Minnesota Department of Human Services
Minnesota Mental Health Association
Minnesota Teen Challenge
NAMI Appleton WI
NAMI Brainerd Lakes
NAMI Hennepin County
NAMI Minnesota
NAMI Ramsey County
Nicollet County Human Services
Pacer Center
Ramsey County Human Services
Region 7E Crisis Services
Rise, Inc.
SAVE
Scott County Community Action Program
Systems Transformation of Area Resources and Services (STARS)
Tasks Unlimited

Health Care Partners
Abbott Northwestern
Allina
Comunidades Latinas Unidas En Servicio (CLUES)
Hazelden
Hennepin County Medical Center
Mayo Clinic
Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans
Metro EMS Board
North Saint Paul Fire Department
Northfield Hospital

Training Partners
Consumer Volunteers
Crisis Company
Double O Media
MASA Consulting
Mount Olivet Lutheran Church
Pro-Crisis
Temple Israel

Veteran Reintegration Support

Regular and decaf, book signing & open house

July 24, 6:30-9:30 pm, Hosted at Dave and Donna Gadtke’s home, 6314 McIntyre Pointe, Edina, MN 55439, (612) 812-5251
reg-decaf_bookcover Author and public speaker Andrew Gadtke announces the sale of his new book, Regular & Decaf.Synopsis: Andrew & his friend Benji are two ordinary twenty-somethings with extraordinary true stories to share. Through a series of meetings, Through the conversations you will discover their: Early Symptoms, Thoughts and Feelings of Psychosis and Mania, Hospital and Treatment Experiences, Family, Friend, & Romantic Relationships, Disability & Stigma, Faith & Coping, & More. ($19.95 + tax).

Special Guest Benji Wulf, Andrew’s friend and conversation counterpart in Regular & Decaf will be coming from out-of-state to attend the open house.

NASW-MN 18th Annual State Conference de-escalation training for social workers

June 6, 3:15-4:45pm
Continuing Education and Conference Center University of Minnesota, St Paul Campus

The immediate mental health crisis can be challenging for any professional, but when it is a client, the challenge can be great. This training is designed to introduce professional and other care providers to skills that will enhance their readiness and response to crisis events.

Participants will be introduced to concepts on how to intervene with individuals in crisis and maintain their own safety and that of their client. This training is designed for behavioral health care providers working with a wide range of populations that are at risk.

17th Annual Southwest Symposium on mental Health

May 21. 2008, Ridgewater College, Willmar, Minnesota

BSF has expanded outreach efforts to greater Minnesota by sponsoring a symposium at Ridgewater College in Willmar, Minnesota on May 21, 2008.  Other sponsors included Kandiyohi County Human Services, Rice Hospital, and Woodland Centers among others.  BSF presented two well attended sessions on Best Practice in Mental Health Crisis Response.  Several attendees indicated an interest in bringing BSF to their communities to provide training for criminal justice and mental health professionals and staff.  There is growing interest in CIT in greater Minnesota and strong support for strengthening collaborations between mental health, law enforcement, and corrections.  Contact BSF for further information on how your police, sheriff, mental health, social service and health care providers can get the training they need in mental health crisis response.

3nd annual Minnesota CIT Conference
Embracing the Next Step in CIT – Prevention

April 29. 2008, Minneapolis Convention Center

How do we prevent crisis? Effective Response & Support; Continuum of Care; Support for Quality of Life. All our speakers and breakouts and breakouts will emphasize these themes. This state-wide event is held with participation by leaders in mental health, police, courts, corrections, emergency medicine, social services and education is sponsored by the Barbara Schneider Foundation and co-sponsored by its partners in law enforcement and other partner systems that respond to those at risk for mental health crisis.

Through plenaries and breakout sessions, participants from all corners of the state will learn about mental health and criminal justice related reform efforts in Minnesota and work on plans to build collaboration in their home communities.

Keynote Speaker, Elyn R. Saks, Author of The Center Can Not Hold

This new book that tells the story of her mental health recovery and her success at living with schizophrenia as a professor of law at the University of Southern California School of Law and an adjunt professor of psychiatry at the University of California, San Diego, School of Medicine. In sharing the story of her life, Ms Saks will set the tone for our conference. Recovery is possible with good crisis response, good medical care and attention to quality of life issues. As a BSF board member explained it, “I need someone to get me out of crisis and back on track as soon as possible; this is a medical condition and I need accurate assessment and quality treatment; and I am a person, not an illness.”

Keynote Speaker, Michele Saunders, Director: Partners in Crisis, FL

Ms Saunders. LCSW, will focus on the grassroots CIT approach in Florida where 27 counties are actively involved in CIT, 17 counties are developing a strategic plan, and 23 counties yet to organize. For her, CIT is more than just training. It is about a new way of responding for the officer and about an integrated systems approach to effective crisis response embedded with compassion, officer safety and a jail diversion philosophy. She will also discuss Partners in Crisis which started in Florida. This coalition of providers, government administrators, consumers, law enforcement and members of the judiciary, is now a growing national alliance. Ms Saunders will discuss the work of Partners in Crisis advocating for mental health funding, law enforcement training, treatment alternatives, access to medication, housing and other services. See a de-escalation role play demonstration by the famous Crisis Company actors.

Breakouts:

Crisis Response:

1 – The Latest Development in 24/7 Mobile Crisis Intervention and Stabilization in the 7 Metro Counties. Presenters: Gloria Morrow, MSE, LICSW, Supervisor, Hennepin county Children’s Mental Health Crisis Unit; Martin Marty, MSW, LICSW, Social Work Unit Supervisor, Hennepin County Adult Behavioral Health, C.O.P.E.; Amanda Gramlich, MSW, LICSW, Area Director, People Incorporated’s Riverwind Crisis Services; Roger Meyer, Coordinator, Metro Children’s Crisis Services partnership.

Session Description: A panel of supervisors of Mobile Mental Health Crisis Teams demonstrate what consumers and referring agencies can expect from mobile crises teams in the 7-county metro area.  This includes 24/7/365 access to Mental Health Crisis Interventions, and access to Crisis Stabilization services for individuals needing short-term ways to stay out of crisis.  In addition, the Metro Children’s Crisis Service partnership coordinator will explain how a public-private partnership of providers, counties, hospitals, health-plans, DHS and parents is working in the metro area to improve the mental health crisis infrastructure.

2 – Mental HealthCourts: Hennepin and Ramsey Models That Divert People with Mental Illness Out of the Criminal System.

Presenters: Judge Gregg E. Johnson, Ramsey District Court Brandi Coady, Ramsey County Mental Health Court Coordinator, Ramsey District Court; Deborah Strasser, Case Manager of the Mental Health Court, Ramsey County Mental Health Center; Lori Swenson, Hennepin County Mental Health Coordinator, Hennepin County District Court

Session Description: This session will take a broad look at the development and operation of the two mental health courts in Minnesota, reflecting upon the impact these courts have had on the criminal justice system and mental health systems and discuss how CIT-trained officers and mental health courts can work together to effectively use resources. Mental health courts are quickly expanding and gaining national recognition for their effectiveness in reducing recidivism and improving public safety by addressing the problems faced by individuals with mental health disorders entering the criminal justice system. Mental health courts work to increase effective cooperation between the mental health treatment system and the criminal justice system.

3 – Getting it Right…With a little help from our friends. Jail C.I.T.

Presenters: Randy Carroll, Lt. Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office
Jack Stephens, Sergeant
Shari Otterblad, Psychiatric Nurse

Session Description: Find out how this adaptation of crisis intervention team training is changing the attitudes of jail staff and improving the lives of mentally ill people in jails throughout Minnesota.

4 – How Cultural Factors influence Crisis Management.

Presenter: Dionne Hart, MD, Staff Psychiatrist, National Health Service Corps,
Federal Medical Center, Rochester, Minnesota

Session Description: The well-known fact that cultural issues permeate practically every human activity has, in the emergency setting, one of its most eloquent examples.  If we understand culture as a set of beliefs, traditions, customs, and habits that provide a necessary social and historical background to an individuals identity and behavior, it is clear that these cultural factors impact the care provider or responder, the patient, and his/her family members. A physician, nurse, social worker, chaplain, or law enforcement official managing an emergency faces the broad scope, as well as the limitations of their respective disciplines, in dealing with persons who also carry the baggage of cultural norms which rule their lives and their illness-related behavior.

During this breakout session we will explore non-English speaking mentally ill minority persons in crisis and the first twenty-four hours of detainment in a local jail. Through case analysis, we will explore implementation of culturally competent crisis management and appropriate risk assessment to ensure safety of the detainee and all responders.

5 – How Law Enforcement Partnered with NAMI to Bring C.I.T. Services to Rural Wisconsin.

Presenters: John Wallschlaeger, Patrol / CIT Officer, Appleton Police Department
Karen Aspenson, MSW – Executive Director, NAMI Fox Valley, Appleton, WI

Session Description: The Appleton Police Department and NAMI Fox Valley partnered in 2003 to bring CIT to the area. Since that time they have found the effort of building collaboration in the community to be a constant work in progress.  This presentation will focus on what efforts have been taken to build collaboration and strengthen the CIT Initiative in Appleton (pop 75,000) and greater Wisconsin.  Discussions will include both what worked and what didn’t [in that process].

6 – Crisis Response: Focus on the Survivors.

Presenter: Richard Peterson, S.A.V.E  (Suicide Awareness Voices of Education), Speaker of the year. Formerly served in the Washington county Sheriff’s Office in a variety of capacities including patrol, narcotics, SWAT, K9 Sergeant and field training officer.

Session Description: Based on an actual story of suicide and family survival, Richard Peterson outlines the importance of responding to crisis through the eyes of the survivor, as well as what elements are part of relating to the family in a suicide situation.

7 – Be Careful What You Ask For: How to Be Prepared for Crisis as a Family Member.

Presenter: Shelley White, Associate Director – NAMI (National Alliance of the Mentally Ill)

Session Description:

Family members often struggle with loved ones who are reluctant to get treatment.  Is this a problem or a crisis?  Shelley White will discuss how family members can prepare for a crisis and how to distinguish a problem from a crisis.

8 – Customized Trainings by BSF: What’s New?

Presenter: Mark Anderson, Executive Director, Barbara Schneider Foundation
Session Description:

Hear details and discuss options.  40 hour Cit training for police; 32 hour CIT-style training for jail and detention; one day and half day trainings for : police and sheriff’s departments; professionals and staff in social services, mental health, courts, EMS and paramedics; continuing legal educations seminars.  Customized versions of these trainings are tailored to your needs.

Trainings use professional Crisis Company Actors and presentations by individuals with mental illness to motivate participants to actively de-escalate and support individuals in crisis.  Class presentations by local mental health providers improve collaboration between agencies.

9 – Crisis Response in the University Environment.
Presenters:
Chief Greg Hestness, Lt. Troy Buhta,
University of Minnesota PD,
Response to Imminent Threats

Session Description: Hear how the Behavior Intervention Team works together with various segments of campus life including health care, housing, residences and Student Affairs to address particular student behavior.  Also discussed will be the long term plan to make services more accessible when there are concerns about the mental health of a student.

10- Keeping Veterans Out of Homelessness

Presenters: Kathleen Vitalis, Executive Director of Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans

Session Description: Knowing what resources are available can help homeless veterans or those at risk of homelessness to receive the benefits and services they are due.  Kathleen Vitalis will demonstrate the importance of a statewide collaborative effort to fill gaps and place veterans in safe environments.

Continuum of Care:

1-  The Evolution of a Treatment Model: forIndividuals with Co-occurring Disorders: Hazeldon’s approach.

Presenter: Sue Hoisington, Psy. D., LP, Executive Director Clinical Services,
Hazelden Foundation

Session Description: The mental health and chemical dependency field has struggled with which should be treated first, mental health or chemical dependency.  Research supports an integrated treatment model that treats both the mental health concerns and the chemical dependency, concurrently.  This presentation will give an overview of the integrated treatment model for individuals with co-occurring disorders.

2 – A Preview Of New Statewide Practices to Integrate Treatment of Mental Health and Substance Use for People with Co-occurring Disorders.

Presenters: Julie Pearson, MSW, LGSW, Co-occurring Policy and Technical Assistance, Minnesota Department of Human Services; (And possibly) Paula De Santo, MS, LSW, CPRP, Program Director – People Incorporated (may join to tell stories)

Session Description: Understand evidence-based practices for co-occurring mental health and substance abuse disorders. This presentation will highlight the importance of collaboration and communication between providers and service systems for the comprehensive treatment of co-occurring disorders.

3 – Mayo Clinic’s New Tool for Better Mental Health Assessments.

Presenter: Mary Jo Moore, RN, Mayo Clinic

Session Description: There are many challenges today for providing services to people with mental health concerns.  Mayo Clinic has developed a mental health care program to provide assessments and brief follow-up.  This program improves access and care coordination using a unique team approach.

4 – Exercise and the Brain

Presenter: Jennifer Mowrey, Health and Physical Educator, Titusville Area School District

Session Description:This session will provide an overview of a school district that is beating the odds through proactive measures, such as Student Assistance Programs, Response to Intervention, and Physical Education. Find out how a small, socio-economically challenged school district in rural Pennsylvania is meeting the needs of its students, physically, socially and emotionally.

5 – Expanded School Mental Health:  Providing Services where the Children Are
Presenter: Jim Johnson, MSW LICSW, District Lead for Social Work and Mental Health, Minneapolis Public Schools

Session Description: The Minneapolis Public Schools, Hennepin County, and several community mental health agencies have developed a partnership to deliver mental health services on-site in nine Minneapolis Public Schools.  This presentation will describe the essential components for a successful school mental health program and discuss lessons learned over the past three years.

6 – Community Pilot program: Integrating Agencies to Fill Mental Health Service Gaps.

Presenters: Christine Oldabowski, Project Director,
Mary Christen Czech, Family Involvement Coordinator

S.T.A.R.S.
(System Transformation of Area Resources and Services)
for Children’s Mental Health

Session Description:
Find out how a community-based program fills in the gaps for at-risk children (under 19 years of age) through interagency cooperation and sharing services to improve response to mental health issues.  Children and adolescents receive wrap-around services regardless of culture, race or socioeconomic circumstances.

7 – Minnesota Leads the Way in Soldier Reintegration.
Presenter: Cynthia Rasmussen, RN, MSN, CANP, Combat Stress Officer, Sexual Assault Response Coordinator, 88th Regional Readiness Command, US Army Reserve

Session Description: Behaviors learned in uniform for soldiers, services members as well as police officers that affect change in civilian roles and behavior.  Cynthia Rasmussen will discuss what this looks like, what some resources are and what can be done to facilitate long term reintegration and healing.

8 – Culture, Trauma and Somatization: Addressing Psychological Trauma w/East African Refugee Women, a Model for Integrated Care

Presenters: Deborah Boehm, CNP, MPH; Mary Bradmiller, Ph.D.

Session Description: Primary care providers, mental health professionals, or individuals working with refugee populations who are interested in a pragmatic approach to dealing with the effects of war, displacement and adaptation, may find this talk of interest.
We address the specific somatic presentation of the identified refugee population and describe a structured approach to managing both the physical and psychological complaints in primary care.  Using an integrated approach, effectively, co-management has led to high rates of both patient and provider satisfaction.

9 – University of Minnesota

Presenters: Dr. Charles Schultz, University of Minnesota
Session Description: With one of the most renown university programs specializing in schizophrenia, Dr. Schultz takes a three-pronged approach in making progress:  innovations in the family therapy model, the use of imaging, and an emphasis on research.  He recounts how they are interconnected and how they relate to the community.

10 – Students Speak Out: How Teens Navigate the School and Community Systems.
Presenters:

Michelle Ulfers, Licenced Parent and Family Educator, Parent Trainer and Advocate, Youth Advisory Board Coordinator, Pacer Center

Session Description: This presentation has a dual purpose: to offer knowledge of Pacer Center’s vast resources for helping parents with children of emotional, behavioral or mental health issues; and understanding how a teen with emotional behavioral or mental health issues navigates through the school and community systems.

11- The Family–centric Coordinated Health Care Model
Presenters:Jesse Bethke Gomez, MMA. President of Comunidades Latinas Unidas En Servicio (CLUES)

Session Description:
CLUES is part of a collaboration on an exciting delivery model that aims to better serve clients through the framework of Family-Centricity.  Clues provides language-appropriate and culturally competent behavioral health and human services, and is proudly in its 27th year of service to the community.  The agency was ranked among the top 25 nonprofits in the United States by Hispanic Business Magazine for 2007.  Clues provides the following programs:  Mental Health Services, Chemical Health Services, Family Health Services, and Community Health Worker Services.

Recovery of Spirit:

1- Don’t Believe Everything You Think.
Presenters: Mavis Karn, MS, LSW

Session Description: When we begin to see that we are the creators of our experience, we start to understand that sometimes we are creating from an innate health and wisdom and sometimes from habits of thinking that are not in our best interests. This workshop will help us begin to feel more in charge of our life’s experiences and less at the mercy of outside situations and circumstances.

2 – From Crisis to Recovery: A Provider That Goes the Extra Mile.

Presenters:
Grace Schmitt
Will Susens
Jeanne Trammel Rasmussen

Session Description: Going the extra mile is the mission of Guild Incorporated which provides community-based behavioral health and human services that start with the needs of the individual.  They work hard to traverse geographical boundaries for each person and to avoid turning anyone away.

3 – Making a Concrete Plan: Developing a Step-By-Step Individual Map to Recovery.

Presenters: Ann Meyer,
Jennifer Padelford,
WRAP Program

Session Description: A structured system designed for people who are experiencing psychiatric symptoms and are trying to move forward in their lives.  They will identify the eight distinct aspects addressed in creating a plan and following through in a concrete direction.  Includes discussion of dual diagnosis.

4 – Faith Communities Step Up
Presenters Jack Haggerty, Basilica of St. Mary,
Kyle Kneen, Chaplainey for the Community on Mental Health,
Mary Jean Babcock, NAMI Faithways,
Steve Anderson, Sherwood House / Mount Olivet Rolling Acres,
Sharon Lund, Care giving within Congregations

Session Description: Learn what faith communities are doing to provide safety and services for people who are at risk.  From visits and job-building opportunities, to a corporate foster care model with therapeutic services to internal training within congregations, the faith community is making strides to fill gaps and provide creative solutions.

5 – The Importance of Creative Pursuits for Achieving Recovery

Presenters: Renee Jenson, President, Free Agent Association, Inc., Jeanne Antonello, Author: Naturally Thin by Eating More and Breaking out of Food Jail, an obesity and eating disorder specialist.
Interact… Creating art and challenging Society’s view of disability

Session Description:
Achieving success in the arts, in science fields and in business is very possible even with the complications of bipolar disease or schizophrenia.  See first hand how our presenters have kept their eyes on their goals despite such constraints.

6 – One Stop Shop – Supported Housing & Supported Employment: A Proven Model for Ex-offenders With Mental Illness.

Presenter: John K. Trepp,Executive Director, Tasks Unlimited,
Author of Lodge Magic

Session Description: With a comprehensive surround of services, Tasks Unlimited (using the Fairweather Model since 1970) sponsors supported employment, living, and psychiatric services.  Tasks’ 20 lodges in the Twin Cities, including a new concept, opened in July 2007. The first of its kind in the country, this lodge is designed to work with persons who have mental illness and corrections backgrounds.

7 – Insight on Living with Mental Illness
Presenter: Donna Draves, Program Assistant – Charaka Community Support Program

Session Description: Donna Draves will use visual aids, humor, analogies, and personal stories to convey her story of hope and recovery.  She highlights three components she finds essential to healing:

1. Community of Support.  2. Medication/Food.  3. Belief in Oneself. This workshop is intended to bring some fun and also to inspire.

8 – Volunteering
Presenter: Jeanne Tramel Rasmussen,
Volunteer Coordinator Guild Incorporated.

Session Description: Learn how to identify the kind of people who will be the right volunteers for you – and then develop ways to effectively reach potential volunteers with a compelling message.  This presentation has been developed for persons who coordinate, manage or supervise volunteers.  It is part of the model developed by the MN Association for Volunteer Administration (MAVA) for the Volunteer Impact Leadership Training Series.

CEU Hours 4.75 CEU Hours are offered for Social Workers for this conference

Seeking equity in mental health: Connecting with underserved communities

April 11, 2008 Atrium of the University of St. Thomas Law School downtown Minneapolis

BSF worked together with the University of St. Thomas and the Minnesota Disability Law Center to put on this day-long event. Panel presentations will focus on cultural competence, youth and elderly concerns, with presentations from community leaders interested in these issues.

CMHS National gains Center 2008 Conference

March 18-20, 2008 Center for Mental Health Services, a part of SAMHSA

BSF’s Video: Getting it Right, will be presented at the 2008 CMHS National GAINS Center Conference in Washington, DC, on March 18-20, 2008. For details visit www. gainscenter. samhsa. gov

Homelessness & Communities of Color Pipeline

March 13, 6-8 pm
Minneapolis Urban League and the Cultural Competence Committee of Heading Home Hennepin

BSF is co-sponsoring this event with the Minneapolis Urban League and the Cultural Competence Committee of Heading Home Hennepin. Come to the Urban League North, Penn Ave. North and Plymouth Ave. North to learn about the effort to eliminate homelessness in Minnesota by 2017 with a focus on the effort to improve the response to communities of color, American Indians and immigrant communities. The communities will help define the agenda and are essential to achieving the goal.

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February 18, 5-8 pm American Indian Homelessness in Minnesota

Paul and Sheila Wellstone Center 179 Robie Street East, Room 31, Saint Paul, Minnesota

This event was planned by the American Indian Community Housing Organization – Sherry Sanchez-Tibbetts; Corporation for Supportive Housing – Leah Lindstrom; Oyate Oshkabaywis – Wade Keezer; Barbara Schneider Foundation – Mark Anderson; Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe – Jamie Edwards; City of Minneapolis Indian Advocate – Bill Carter; RedLake Homeless Shelter – Carol Priest; Women of Nations – Norma Renville

This event is a fundraiser for the following shelters:

  • Women of Nations
  • American Indian Community Housing Organization
  • Red Lake Homeless Shelter

Program
Master of Ceremonies – Wade Keezer
Blessing – Herb Sam
Welcome Song – Little Earth Singers
Homelessness on Northern MN Reservations
– Carol Priest, Sandra King & Leah Lindstrom
Oyate Oshkabaywis – Wade Keezer
Mental Health Recovery
on the Road to Ending Homelessness – Mark Anderson
The Correlation between Domestic Violence
– Sherry Sanchez-Tibbetts, Norma Renville
Homelessness, Addressing the Issue
Honoring Lawmakers who are Champions – Jamie Edwards
In Indian Country Honor Song – Little Earth Singers
Dinner
Entertainment – Glen Blacksmith, Rick Bernardo
Traveling Song – Little Earth Singers

second chance day on the hill

February 13, 2008, 11:00 am
Co-Sponsored by Barbara Schneider Foundation
and including remarks by BSF Board member Charles Jensen

On Feb. 13, 2008 in the Capital Rotunda, over 1000 ex-offenders, their family members and supporters of justice system reform will come together to highlight the importance of second chances. This effort is being led by a consortium of non-profit leaders and justice system advocates. On behalf of this consortium, we are asking for your support in drawing state-wide and national attention, and in raising the awareness about the barriers facing individuals with criminal records.

There are currently 155,000 Minnesota adults under som form of correctional supervision; 142,000 on probation, 4,200 on some levle of supervised release and 9,100 in prison. And there are at least as many with a criminal record who have satisfied all the requirements of their sentence. This equates to one in every 16 Minnesotatns having the stigma of a conviction they must overcome to quality for housing, employment and student loans.

Legislatively, we have created nearly 200 collateral sanctions over and above the penalites associated with a conviction. We ask that you and your organization support “Second Chance Day” on the Hill on Feb. 13, 2008, by recruiting individuals to come to the capitol. It is time for us to come together and make visible the problems facing individuals with criminal records.”

2007 Events

The Alchemy Project – Society’s Relationship to the Mentally Ill

Friday October 12, 2007
University of Minnesota School of Music
Ferguson Hall 280
alchemy

Empowering the arts to
transform our community.

Panelists: Susan Hawthorne, Robin Brown, Mark Anderson
What does it mean to say someone is “mentally ill”? How do we define norms of mental health? How do we treat those classified as suffering from mental illness? What is the relationship between individual chemistry and society as it affects one’s mental health? These and other topics will be addressed in a conversation about society’s relationship to mental illness. The alchemy project is a Twin Cities-based non-profit organization that promotes community engagement through high quality, interdisciplinary arts programming. For more information email: info@alchemyproject.org

3rd Annual national cit conference

August 28-30, 2007
Memphis, Tennessee

BSF joined 1100 other delegates from mental health and criminal justice communities at this national conference. BSF attended the first and second national CIT conference and we were joined by law enforcement, mental health, education and community members from around the state. This year as last year BSF presented at a breakout session on the development of CIT in Minnesota. For more information visit CIT.memphis.edu

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Major Sam Cochran, Memphis Police Department, who is the founder of the CIT (Crisis Intervention Team) Model and Mark Anderson, Executive Director, BSF. Jan Buntz, BSF Board Member at that time, attended the conference and presented at a breakout session on BSF’s training, collaboration and CIT work in Minnesota. The other BSF presenters were Renee Jenson and Mark Anderson.

BSF’s Annual Gala, pages of possibilities:
stories that change our lives

July 26, 2007
Carl and Eloise Pohlad Hall, Minneapolis Central Library

Host Roshini Rajkumar of Roshini Multi Media and WCCO Radio. The annual fundraising event featured regional authors and their stories:

  • Jim Klobuchar, Minnesota’s well known story teller, explorer, author
  • David Housewright, 2002 Shamus Award for best private eye novel
  • Anne Frasier, with 18 romantic suspense novels recognized with RITA and Daphne du Maurice awards
  • Richard Solly, new published poetry From Where the Rivers Come
  • Dorothy McIntyre, who tells the stories of women in sports pre-1940s
  • Jodi Davis, tough passages in life in The Heart’s Gift
  • Tom Braun of Wild Rumpus Bookstore,
  • Norton Stillman of Nodin Press
  • Patricia Francisco, poetic memoir of the powerful transformation story, Telling

We honored the wonderful work of our mental health partner from the Combat/Operational Stress Control Team of the 88th Regional Readiness Command, Lt. Col. Susan Whiteaker. Her commitment to members of all branches of the military in the deployment cycle is a true inspiration.

The premiere of our new documentary, Getting it Right, about the CIT model in action. A behind-the-scenes look at the experience of a first responder on the police force under pressure (as well as a person trying to win back his own life). Come and meet the stars of Getting it Right: Police Officer Paul Gillies and other CIT Officers; Charles Jenson; Gloria Freeman; as well as film maker Mike ‘Media Mic’ Hazard.

Hors d’oeuvres, drinks, music, conversation with friends and supporters of our work, with fabulous silent auction items.

Challenged to Provide Healthcare for All

June 21, 2007
Fredrikson & Byron, P.A., Minneapolis U.S. Bank Plaza

Panelists: Kirk Allison, Mark Anderson and Joe Carlile, Congresswoman Betty McCollum’s Office

Basilica Mental Health Fair

May 19-20, 2007

BSF is pleased to co-sponsor the two-day 2nd annual Basilica of Saint Mary Mental Health Fair. Dozens of mental health programs will be represented with literature tables and staff to answer your questions. All are welcome at this event in the lower level of the Basilica of Saint Mary on Hennepin Avenue South in Downtown Minneapolis.

Transforming the mental health system: opportunities and challenges

March 30, 2007
University of St. Thomas, Minneapolis Campus, Opus Hall

Keynote speaker is Pete Early, Author of Crazy: A Father’s Search Through America’s Mental Health Madness. Several panels of local mental health leaders. All details available online at: www.stthomas.edu/education/events

BSF co-sponsored this public policy conference. Attendees agreed to hold a series of brown bag supper meetings to work on follow up to ideas that came out of the day’s discussions. Contact BSF if you would like to be part of this group.

2nd annual MInnesota CIT Conference

February 26, 2007 – Minneapolis Convention Center

The theme of the 2nd Annual Minnesota CIT Conference was BUILDING THE TEAM to respond to mental illness in our communities.

BSF supports mental health and criminal justice in collaborations across Minnesota.

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These collaboration efforts were explored at the 2nd Annual Minnesota CIT Conference on February 26, 2007, 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. at Minneapolis Convention Center.

The team is needed to support recovery and prevent crisis events for those community members who struggle with a mental illness. In order to provide the support people with mental illness need, family, neighbors and community members need to join the team. If there is a crisis event, police officers, mobile crisis teams and emergency rooms help to stabilize the situation. Inpatient and/or outpatient mental health professionals may also be needed. For those caught up in the criminal justice system, judges, attorneys, court and corrections staff can support the person’s recovery. And support from social services, supportive housing and employment are long term partners that need to be in place as well. Really, the entire community needs to be on the team. They need to understand there is no shame in mental illness. It is simply a health care challenge affecting the brain. And the entire community needs to support the recovery of those who have an illness.

We have all learned to be supportive of a person struggling with cancer or heart disease. People with mental illness need that kind of support, every day too, from all of us. BSF is encouraging the development and strengthening of collaboration among all the team members in local communities.

Here are 2 examples of collaborations that are developing
in their own communities.

Ramsey County Collaboration
Leaders from the criminal justice and mental health institutions in Ramsey County have worked with community partners to develop some exciting work to improve response to mental health crisis and to provide support designed to avert crisis events. There is a very long list of successful efforts but here are a few of the key pieces. An ongoing Mental Health/Police Roundtable that is open to the mental health community and involves discussion of issues that arise involving mental health and the criminal justice system. In addition, providers and police in the St. Paul Downtown Patrol have developed their own Police/Provider Forum to focus on their work Downtown. Joint leadership by police and mental health leaders, in both the Roundtable and the Forum has proved to be essential. Ramsey County has developed a Mental Health Court that diverts offenders whose primary problem is their mental illness and uses the court as a tool to get them the help they need. The Local Adult and Juvenile Advisory Councils have worked with partners at the County and City level to develop a who series of initiatives aimed at addressing emerging problems and focusing on areas that need more work.

Phillips Neighborhood Collaboration
BSF is initiating discussions with community members and partner institutions in an effort to strengthen collaboration in the Phillips Neighborhood near Downtown Minneapolis. Plans are underway to convene partners from the criminal justice and mental health systems along with leaders in the American Indian community, the communities of color, immigrant communities, and any interested residents of the area. The goal will be to identify what is working and to improve access to these community resources. This will be a round-table process where all voices will be invited and respected. The round-table will identify areas where existing programs can be strengthened and improved, where public education can increase use of available resources and where training of community members and staff can raise awareness of the obstacles that exist to access to care and ways those obstacles can be overcome.

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2006 Events

2nd national CIT Conference

September 25-27, 2006

BSF and MPD make a Joint Presentation

Community/Law Enforcement Partnership: Origin and Development of Minnesota CIT Statewide Initiative. That’s the title of the presentation that was made by Mark Anderson from Barbara Schneider Foundation, Sgt. Steve Wickelgren, CIT Coordinator with Minneapolis PD and John Trepp from Tasks Unlimited.

This panel discussed how CIT began in Minnesota, the growing BSF/MPD partnership on training, and growing collaborations with sheriffs, courts, corrections, social services, mental health, including long term supportive housing, employment, transportation and other services for adults with mental illness. They told the Minnesota story of outreach to other police agencies, growth of CIT in suburban departments and out-state communities, improved data collection efforts and improved outcomes on CIT calls. The presenters all agree that law enforcement is burdened with mental health crisis calls largely because there is an inadequate mental health system to provide needed acute care and long term support services for those with serious mental illness. They presented data that demonstrates ways to reduce police calls, emergency room visits and hospitalizations.

Judge Richard Hopper Gala

July 26, 2006

On July 26, at a gala event in Excelsior, Minnesota, Judge Richard Hopper was presented with the Barbara Schneider Foundation Public Service Award for his work as Judge of the Mental Health Court in Hennepin County and his leadership of the Downtown Minneapolis Mental Health and Criminal Justice Workgroup.

Speakers at the event included MPD Assistant Chief Sharon Lubinski and Dr. Stephen Olson, MD, Associate Professor at the University of Minnesota in the Department of Psychiatry. The MC was TV and Radio journalist Roshini Rajkumar.

Judge Richard Hopper Gala

My Big Fat Fundraiser
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