The Hill Congress Blog - Finding jobs for Cole and his peers

Posted: 7/1/2013

Most people think of me as a Member of Congress and Chair of the House Republican Conference. But my husband and I are also the proud parents of Cole, a delightful and fun 6 year old boy who also happens to have Down syndrome. Because 70 percent of working age Americans with disabilities are currently outside of the workforce, as compared to 28 percent of those who don’t have disabilities,  I have already considered Cole’s path to a job where he can have the ability to achieve independence, feel respected and valued, and bring value to his employer.

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Minnesota Parent Involvement Opportunity

The Minnesota Department of Human Services, Children’s Mental Health Division is looking for parents who have had experience with hospitalizing a child for mental illness to serve on one of two DHS workgroups that they are currently forming. 

  1. Family Partnership workgroup - will be looking at how to increase communication and participation in the process for parents of children experiencing an in-patient hospital stay.
  2. Discharge Policies workgroup – they will be examining whose job is what between the hospital, provider, case manager, social worker, care coordinator, parent, etc. when a child is being discharged from hospitalization for mental illness. Many of these jobs overlap and they hope to clarify roles better to improve the experience for everyone.

If you’re interested, or know of someone who might be, you can either contact Renelle Nelson at the Minnesota Statewide Family Network (rnelson@pacer.org or 952-838-1360) or Martha Aby at DHS (Clinical Capacity Development Specialist, CMH DHS, Martha.j.aby@state.mn.us or 651-431-4860).

State Advisory Council On Mental Health

The Minnesota State Advisory Council on Mental Health and Subcommittee on Mental Health are seeking applications for the following positions:

State Advisory Council on Health:

Subcommittee on Children’s Mental Health:

The State Advisory Council and Children’s Subcommittee advise the Governor and state departments on policies, programs, and services affecting adults and children with mental illnesses and emotional disturbances. Each group has approximately 30 members, representing a variety of perspectives on the mental health system.

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News From the Federal Substance Abuse Mental Health Service Agency

November 21, 2012

Today, the Obama Administration has taken the latest step to implement the Affordable Care Act and provide health coverage for millions of Americans.  The rules being released today make it illegal for insurance companies to discriminate against people with pre-existing conditions, ensure families buying their own coverage can get basic essential benefits similar to what private insurers offer, and help employers promote wellness.  While there is more work to be done, these rules are an important step and represent the very heart of the Affordable Care Act.  Here at SAMHSA we will be working to ensure that behavioral health continues to be an integral part of health reform.  Below are links for the HHS Press Release, along with the Fact Sheets and Rules related to Market Reforms, Essential Health Benefits and Wellness. 

HHS Press Release

Market Reforms

Essential Health Benefits

Wellness

HealthCare.gov Blog

MSFN Youth Advisory Board:
The Voice for Youth Mental Health: Inspiring, Educating, Advocating


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The Minnesota Statewide Family Network (MSFN) expands opportunities and enhances the lives of children with mental health disorders and their families. It is a nonprofit, parent-directed organization that works throughout Minnesota.

MSFN recognizes that families need information and training to obtain appropriate mental health and school services for their children. In response, it offers individual support and advocacy as well as workshops, publications, and other helpful resources.

Families and their youth with mental health needs can become powerful advocates for appropriate services. By offering parent support and training and youth leadership development, MSFN encourages families and their youth to work toward an improved children's mental health system.