MHIS User Calls are monthly calls for all providers that use MHIS. Each month’s agenda include MHIS updates, MHIS special topics, and other relevant updates from the Mental Health Division. The 2017 MHIS User calls will be held the second Thursday of the month at 10:30 am. WebEx link and call in numbers are sent out on the MHIS list serve prior to the calls.
The Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) gathers local information about the current capacity and gaps in services and housing needs to support older persons in Minnesota. Since 2001 all counties in Minnesota have been requested to respond to a biennial survey of local capacity to meet long-term care needs of current residents, including any significant “gaps” in services or supports. This information is submitted to DHS through a County Gaps Analysis Survey.
On March 17, 2014, Riverwood Centers Community Behavioral Healthcare (Riverwood), a six-site community mental health center in east central Minnesota, closed its doors. The abrupt closure severed client/agency relationships, displaced employees, and created a hole in the mental health safety net in the five-county Adult Mental Health Initiative region 7E. Several steps were immediately taken by county social service departments, the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS), mental health services providers, advocacy organizations, and consumers to address the most immediate impacts of the closure. Read the report.
The Chemical and Mental Health Services Administration submitted a combined application for the Mental Health and Substance Abuse Block Grants. The FY2014-15 Substance Abuse Block Grant/Mental Health Block Grant (SABG/MHBG) describes the public mental and chemical health systems in Minnesota; identifies needs, priorities, goals and indicators; and proposes uses of block grant funds.
In accordance with grant requirements, states must submit an annual report on the previous year’s utilization of the grant funds, progress towards the goal targets, and data required for the federal Universal Reporting System Basic and Developmental Tables.
Public input is sought in developing and updating the application on an ongoing basis. Please provide input in writing to Jana Nicolaison in the Adult Mental Health Division, Minnesota Department of Human Services, P.O. Box 64981, St. Paul, Minnesota 55164-0981; or e-mail to Jana.Nicolaison@state.mn.us. The SAMHSA/Center for Mental Health Services has a web-based application/reporting system called the Web Block Grant Application System (BGAS) for this grant program.
To view Minnesota’s 2012/13 MHBG Behavioral Health Assessment and Plan application and 2014 MHBG Behavioral Health Report, Minnesota citizens can log in at https://bgas.samhsa.gov/. Where it says “Please login below” enter:
Username: citizenmn Password: citizen
Then click on "View an Existing Application"; click on the Application; Report, or Behavioral Assessment and Plan that you want to view.
You will be able to review Minnesota’s current and past applications and reports. To read or print the entire application or report, click the “Print” button to the right of your selection. (This generates a PDF printout of the entire application or report. It also can create a copy in the “Print Queue” as well.) Another option is to click on the link for a specific selection under “Application Name” and open each section separately.
The State Advisory Council on Mental Health and its Children’s Subcommittee were established by statute to advise the Governor on mental health issues. Members are appointed by the Governor. The Council and Subcommittee have the following work groups:
Primary Care and Mental Health Reforms
Housing and Homelessness
Mental Health and Schools
Mental Health and Juvenile Justice
Outreach to Diverse Communities
The Council and Subcommittee submit a report to the Governor and Legislature every even-numbered year.