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The Children’s Summit is a four-day event that will take place virtually Jan. 11 through Jan. 14, 2022, bringing together experts from across Minnesota to create solutions for issues facing the state’s behavioral health system for young people.

 The Children’s Summit will:

  • Explore gaps in Minnesota’s current continuum of care
  • Identify new approaches to build the road to health and resiliency for children
  • Create immediate, actionable solutions for the urgent problems facing the mental health system of care for Minnesota’s young people
  • Find solutions that will assure all children have access to behavioral health care at level of care appropriate for their needs.

Participate

The Minnesota Department of Human Services and the Governor’s Children’s Cabinet invite the public to attend Summit presentations and participate in its work sessions. The plan for the event is as follows:

  • On Jan. 11, presentations will focus on equity, breaking down silos between systems, and the vision forward for children’s behavioral health care in Minnesota, among other topics. In addition, youth presenters will share their perspectives on supports that their peers need.
  • On Jan. 12, behavioral health experts, leaders, and members of the public will participate in working sessions to identify the most pressing needs in our children’s behavioral health system.
  • On Jan. 13, participants from the previous day’s working sessions will present their groups’ findings on the most pressing needs of the children’s behavioral health system. There will also be presentations on integrated care through an equity lens and behavioral health through the eyes of an advocate. Participants will then head back into working sessions to develop solutions to the identified issues.
  • On Jan. 14, participants from each working session will share their detailed plans to remove barriers, build infrastructure, and ensure equitable access to behavioral health services for all Minnesota youth.

Learn more in the agenda for the Children’s Summit. If you would like to attend any of the Children’s Summit presentations or participate in one of the event’s working sessions, please register on Webex by Jan. 7, 2022.

Upon registering, you will be asked to which days you plan to attend, and if you plan to participate in a working session. Descriptions are available in this working sessions one-pager (PDF).

Who is involved?

Minnesota Department of Human Services and the Governor’s Children’s Cabinet are hosting the Children’s Summit. Participants in the Summit’s working sessions will include experts and leaders from a variety of children-serving servings across Minnesota, including leaders in the fields of health, education, child protection, child development, corrections, and more.

Questions?

If you have questions about the Summit, please email dhs.childrensummit@state.mn.us.

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