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The Children’s Summit was a four-day event that took 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:

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

Identifying barriers and developing solutions

The Minnesota Department of Human Services and the Governor’s Children’s Cabinet invited the public to attend summit presentations and participate in its work sessions. Presentations focused 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 shared their perspectives on supports that their peers need.

 Behavioral health experts, leaders, and members of the public then participated in working sessions to identify the most pressing needs in our children’s behavioral health system, and develop detailed plans to remove barriers and ensure equitable access to behavioral health services for all Minnesota youth. Action plans with proposed solutions were presented on the final day of the summit, and the plans have been compiled into a report, available here: 2022 Children’s Mental Health Summit Summary Report (PDF)

 The department and the Children’s Cabinet will use this report to make recommendations to state leadership. State agencies and their partners have also begun taking steps to implement recommendations from the action plans, where appropriate. Progress on these plans will be tracked and shared with the public.

 Learn more about the presentations in the agenda for the Children’s Summit. Descriptions of the working sessions are available in this working sessions one-pager (PDF).

Who was involved?

Minnesota Department of Human Services and the Governor’s Children’s Cabinet hosted the 2022 Children’s Summit. Participants in the summit’s working sessions will included experts and leaders from a variety of children-serving systems across Minnesota, including leaders in the fields of health, education, child protection, child development, corrections, and more.


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