PACER Day at the Capitol:  “Be a Champion!”

When:

Monday, March 4, 2013 at 9:30 a.m. 
Begin your week as a Champion for Children! PACER chose this day because it begins one of the most important weeks for legislators to hear policy bills and make decisions on which bills will pass through Committee.

What:

Join us for PACER Day at the Capitol and together we will have our voices heard. Minnesota legislators are smart, hard-working public servants, but at the end of the day they are people who often make decisions based on real stories from their constituents. We will provide training so that you can effectively tell your story and impact the political process that is so important to the hope and success of all our children.

Where:

Veterans Services Building, 5th Floor Conference Room
Located at the south end of the State Capitol lawn (20 12th St. W., St. Paul)

Register:

Register here or call (952) 838-9000.

Please provide your name, contact information, and the number and names of people in your group. Space is limited.

If you register by Feb. 25, PACER will provide you with contact information for your legislators so you can make appointments in advance to meet with them at the Capitol on March 4.


MSFN to participate in local pancake breakfast to raise funds for Children’s Mental Health

Date: Sunday Feb. 24th, 2013

Time: 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Location: South View Middle School in Edina

MSFN is pleased to participate with the Lions Club of Edina to host a Pancake Breakfast to raise money for children’s mental health.  This annual event features a terrific all you can eat menu of pancakes, sausage, coffee, juice and milk and cost $6 in advance, or $7 at the door.  Children under 5 eat free.  Please contact MSFN at 952-838-1360 for more information.

An opportunity for youth living with FASD who want leadership training

"SAY IT!" (Self Advocacy Youth Impact Team)

When: March 19 @ 10AM-3PM
Where: MN State Capitol, RM 112
75 Rev Dr Martin Luther King Junior Blvd .
St. Paul, MN
Cost: Free! Lunch and beverages provided.
RSVP: Marissa Lang 651-917-2371 or marissa@mofas.org

Visit MOFAS.org for More information

"SAY IT!" is deSigned for young adults living with FASD. It is an opportunity to become familiar and comfortable with the MN State Capitol. Through "SAY IT!", you will learn how to talk to policy makers, participate in a fun, mock legislative committee hearing and practice self advocacy skills. Each participant will receive a Certificate of Completion from MOFAS and will have an pportunity to work as a team at the FASD Day at the Capitol on March 19, 2013.


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


Upcoming MSFN Workshops

  • Finding Hope, Getting Help: Support for Your Child with Mental Health Needs - see flyer pdf
    Parenting a child with mental health needs can be challenging, but finding appropriate support and resources may be even more difficult. This workshop will familiarize parents and others with the Minnesota Comprehensive Children's Mental Health Act, which was designed to provide children and youth with mental health needs an integrated system of care so that they can develop and function as fully as possible in all areas of their lives. This workshop is presented by the Minnesota Statewide Family Network.
    Thursday, March 21, 2013
    6:30pm-8:30pm (Winona)
    Register for this workshop

  • Understanding Challenging Behaviors - see flyer pdf
    Challenging behaviors in children and youth are often misunderstood. This workshop will help parents and others think about behavior as communication and will identify strategies and supports to help manage and eliminate negative behaviors. Special attention will be paid to behaviors that may indicate mental health concerns. This workshop is presented by the Minnesota Statewide Family Network and co-sponsored by the International Falls CTIC.
    Tuesday, April 09, 2013
    6:30pm-9:00pm (International Falls)
    Register for this workshop

  • Understanding Challenging Behaviors
    Challenging behaviors in children and youth are often misunderstood. This workshop will help parents and others think about behavior as communication and will identify strategies and supports to help manage and eliminate negative behaviors. Special attention will be paid to behaviors that may indicate mental health concerns. This workshop is presented by the Minnesota Statewide Family Network.
    Wednesday, April 10, 2013
    6:30pm-8:30pm (Virginia)
    Register for this workshop

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


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.

We have also partnered with a local keto company to distribute keto snacks across our schools. Not only is this a healthier option for our children, it's also delicious and will have everyone coming back for more!

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.