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Minnesota Ag Connection - 08/10/2018

A new behavioral health care center, emergency department case management, and transition services to community programs are just some of the innovative services that will be available soon in Minnesota as a result of the Mental Health Innovation Grant Program.

The Minnesota Department of Human Services has awarded six grants to counties, tribes and non-profits, all focused on helping people with mental illness receive effective services in their community. The innovation grants, each very different, share in common the goal of getting people the right care in a way that works for each individual.

The new Mental Health Innovation Grant Program is dedicated to improving access to and the quality of community-based, outpatient mental health services. A major goal of the program is to help people avoid stays in state regional treatment centers, community behavioral health hospitals and psychiatric hospitals, and expedite discharges for those who are in state facilities once they no longer meet medical criteria for hospital-level care.

"These new resources provide the opportunity to get people mental health care right in their community," said Minnesota Human Services Commissioner Emily Piper. "Innovation is key -- we need to try new approaches while focusing on community resources that can really make a difference for people."

Part of Minnesota's 2017 legislative package, the innovation program offered $2.171 million in grants for state fiscal years 2018/2019. Funds for this grant program come from revenue captured from the county share of treatment costs for people receiving care at Anoka Metro Regional Treatment Center and the Community Behavioral Health Hospitals.

All grants are for 18 months, with the option to extend another six months (amounts below are for 24 months). The six grantees are:

- Adult Mental Health Initiative Region V+: Transition Services, serving Aitkin, Cass, Crow Wing, Morrison, Todd and Wadena counties and Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe and Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe, $260,958 to assess individuals and coordinate services so that the person may avoid needing inpatient mental health care, and for those who do need inpatient psychiatric care, start discharge planning at admission.

- American Indian Family Center: Healing Journey, serving the American Indian community in Anoka, Carver, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey, Scott and Washington counties, $218,425 to bring culturally specific and responsive services to the urban Indian population through a multidisciplinary team of mental health staff and community consultants.

- Hennepin County Adult Behavioral Health: Behavioral Health Care Center, serving Hennepin County, $867,074 to pilot the final component of its new Behavioral Health Care Center: a collaborative triage, urgent care and care coordination unit.

- Human Development Center: Emergency Department Case Management, serving Duluth, $348,442 to partner with the emergency departments of both St. Luke's and Essentia Hospitals to develop discharge and follow up plans, including linkages to community services.

- Kanabec County: Care Connector/Navigator Model, serving Kanabec County, $195,512 to develop a Care Connector/Navigator program to assist residents with serious mental health issues who are transitioning from an Emergency Department, hospital, treatment center or jail to programs in the community.

- White Earth Mental Health Program: Holistic Health Practitioners, serving the White Earth Nation, $280,558 to add certified and licensed Holistic Health Practitioners to support the physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual needs of people in their healing and recovering from mental illness.

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