To identify needs and develop new services, we collaborate with community organizations, local school districts, corrections and parents. This on-going communication allows for community and parent/caregiver input on issues that affect Hennepin County children and families.
To learn more about participating in the Parent Catalyst Leadership Group of the Children’s Mental Health Collaborative, contact Margaret Sullivan, PCLG Coordinator, at 612-825-9615 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Children's Mental Health participates in many joint projects with the Minneapolis School District and Hennepin County suburban school districts. Examples include - The Harrison Education Center Redesign, The Primary Project, the Family School Coordinator program and other programs that are funded and coordinated via the Hennepin County Children's Mental Health Collaborative structure.
The Minnesota Comprehensive Children’s Mental Health Act (Minnesota Statutes Sections 245.487 – 245.4887) states that a comprehensive, unified, and accountable children’s mental health system must be established. In Hennepin County, the Children's Mental Health Collaborative (CMHC) acts as the governing, advisory, and coordination bodies required by the Act.
The CMHC is comprised of three parts: the Governance and Policy Group, the Operations Group, and the Parent Leadership Group. These three groups meet all the statutorily required mandates of the Act.
The goal of the entire Collaborative structure is to create both the forum for discussing service strengths and needs, and to be the lead body in responding to emerging service and population needs. To that end, the CMHC must work closely with other state and local governing and coordinating bodies, and well as other service, advocacy, and advisory groups.
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