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The Action Group’s Mental Health Learning Network members have been hard at work for more than a year, gaining insights and developing actions to help Minnesota employers advance mental health in the workplace.Sue Abderholden, executive director of the National Alliance on Mental Health (NAMI) Minnesota served as an expert advisor to the group. She shared this eye-opening perspective: The mental health system is not broken — it was never built! The system we have today reflects decades of discrimination, misunderstanding and misspending, coupled with lack of research, funding cuts, and failed efforts. With passage of the Mental Health Parity law and the Affordable Care Act, more people than ever before have mental health benefits coverage and are seeking treatment.In Minnesota, we lack sufficient providers and facilities. Indeed, the needs for both health care and community services outpace the current system capacity. The lack of urgent care options frequently results in hospital emergency departments being an entry point to the mental health care system. The list of things that are wrong is longer than the list of things that are right. Still, there is reason for optimism as employers, care systems, health plans, providers, medical groups, and other stakeholders begin collaborating to translate ideas to actions to help advance mental health in the workplace.On October 30, 2018, we will be bringing together all interested stakeholders to share perspectives, knowledge and ideas about this important topic affecting the U.S. economy, public and private purchasers, individuals with mental health conditions, and all taxpayers. You do not need to be a member of The Action Group or the Mental Health Learning Network to attend.
We will present the group’s findings and recommendations and ask a panel of industry experts to react. The goal of the meeting is to come to a collective understanding and agreement on how, together, we can fulfill the promise of achieving true mental health parity.
Date: Tuesday, October 30, 2018
Time: 8 a.m.-10 a.m.
Location: Science Museum of Minnesota (Special Exhibit: Mental Health: Mind Matters)
120 West Kellogg Boulevard
St. Paul, Minnesota
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Special thanks to Action Group members who helped make the Mental Health Learning Network Possible:
Best Buy; City of St. Paul; Emerson-Rosemount; HealthPartners/Park Nicollet; Minnesota Management & Budget – SEGIP & PEIP; SUPERVALU; University of Minnesota; University of Minnesota Physicians