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MN Legislative Propose to increase funding for mental health care services

Mental illness and its impact on individuals and communities has long been noted as a challenge within our social service and public health systems. However, with growing numbers of those suffering from mental illness, limited resources have been available to tackle stigma, holistically provide treatment services, manage the numbers of individuals forced into boarding within emergency departments while in crisis and provide a continuum of care back into the community. Rochester Senator Dave Senjem believes that it is time that the state of Minnesota address the gaps within our system and is working on legislation that in combination would push the state to invest $85 million into permanent supportive housing and the construction of regional mental health triage centers. The combination of these two efforts will provide a facility with the proper atmosphere and level of care to de-escalate and appropriately triage those in crisis, as well as provide ongoing supportive housing to help prevent future crises.

Collaborators

Contact: Courtney Lawson ; Email: TBD ; Phone: TBD

Lead Organization: National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) of SE MN

Collaborators: National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) of SE MN

Status/News

November 22, 2018 TBD: County prepares pitch for crisis center

"The answer for Lawson, Clements and variety of other collaborators is the proposed crisis center, which would tap into a portion of the $28.1 million state lawmakers earmarked for creating such facilities."

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February 23, 2017 CNG: Info on 2017 Legislative Mental Health Proposal

Info provided by Courtney Lawson, NAMI.

"Rochester Sen. Dave Senjem is pushing for the state to invest $110 million into housing and supportive services for people with mental illness.

Senjem, chairman of the Senate Capital Investment Committee, said it is time for lawmakers to be bold and make major investments in mental health care."

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