Archive for the ‘Issues Advocacy’ Category

The Minnesota Olmstead Planning Committee Wants to Hear from You!

June 28th, 2012

When it comes to services for people with disabilities, how well do you think current public policies and practices in Minnesota meet your needs? What’s working for you? What isn’t? These are all questions the Minnesota Olmstead Committee would like to ask. By October 2012, this committee must develop goals, recommendations, and a timeline that […]

Hennepin County Mental Health Advisory Council (HCMHAC) 101

March 14th, 2012

by Kim Lutes, MHAM volunteer The Hennepin County Mental Health Advisory Council will meet on Thursday, March 15, 2012, at the Hosmer Library on 36th and 3rd avenue. This Thursday’s meeting is a special one because it is the first meeting of our 2012-2013 session. The council will welcome newly appointed members.  The formal meeting […]

Update for 1/19/12

January 19th, 2012

I had a great trip yesterday to see the folks in Le Center for their LAC meeting. I’m headed back that way today for the LAC meeting in St. Peter. There’s lots to talk about with the upcoming session, but primarily, I enjoy getting a better picture of what people are doing around the state […]

“This is Important!”

August 24th, 2011

All session long, we’ve been talking about connecting with your legislators and telling them what matters to Minnesotans with mental illnesses.  We always need to try to stay visible when so many different things are competing for their attention.  But the “off season” is a great time to connect and really lay the groundwork that […]

What A Deal

August 3rd, 2011

As Minnesota continues to digest just what the budget deal will mean for us, we have gotten a few new pieces of news. Moody’s has downgraded the state, stating that our reliance on one time cuts and borrowing meant that investors should be more worried about our ability to repay bonds. American Crystal Sugar has […]

Talking Back

July 27th, 2011

The legislature has spoken for this biennium: setting the priorities and policies that will shape mental health services in our state.  So now is a good time to think about talking back.  What would you say?  What do these cuts mean for you? This week’s update has more details on the budget as well as […]

Back to Work

July 21st, 2011

In more ways that one, the recent budget settlement is about going back to work.  The state government ordered employees to report as normal this morning, and will be bringing back functions and services as able.  For the politicians, they now go to the task of explaining, spinning, selling their actions to their constituents.  For […]

Heat Alert! (And Budget Settlement?)

July 15th, 2011

More heat is on the way for Minnesota.  Please take care of yourself, and check in with folks who may be sensitive to heat.  For more information, please check out our entry from earlier this summer.  Keep drinking water, maybe check out a library or other public build that has AC, and stay safe. In […]

Who Feels the Impact?

July 13th, 2011

Are you feeling the impact of the state government shutdown yet?  If you care about accessible mental health service, the chances are you have.  Not not everyone is equally affected. As the shutdown drags on, however, the number of people impacted is going to expand greatly. Construction projects are stalled, some restaurants can’t restock because […]

No Closer to a Budget

June 23rd, 2011

It strongly appears that we are no closer to an approved budget, despite getting one week closer to the final deadline before a government shutdown. This week’s update has more details on what some of the court filings have been and the issues that remain. We are encouraging anyone who can to join us on […]