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Minnesota Mental Health Action Group Reform for Results & Recovery. DN: 232188. President’s New Freedom Commission on Mental Health

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President’s New Freedom Commission

on Mental Health

“The mental health services delivery system needs dramatic reform. The system is fragmented and in disarray – not from lack of commitment and skill of those who deliver care, but from underlying structural, financial, and organizational problems.”

  • Inclusive, broad-based coalition
  • Providers, hospitals, health plans, consumer advocacy organizations, MDH and DHS
  • Funded by hospitals and health plans, plus in-kind support
  • Linkages with existing mental health projects
  • Brings groups together to achieve a shared vision
  • Includes both public and private funding and services
mmhag s mission
MMHAG’s Mission

Minnesota embraces a vision of a comprehensive mental health system that is accessible and responsive to consumers, guided by clear goals and outcomes, and grounded in public/private partnerships.

who is mmhag
Who is MMHAG?

Health Professionals

MH Centers

Medical Clinics

Health Plans



County Agencies

State Agencies

Academics & Researchers

Consumers & Advocates

who is mmhag1
Who is MMHAG?

Consumer Forum:

Children’s Mental Health Partnership

Mental Health Association of Minnesota

Mental Health Consumer/Survivor Network of Minnesota

Minnesota Association for Children’s Mental Health 

Minnesota Disability Law Center

National Alliance for the Mentally Ill

Office of Ombudsman for Mental Health/Mental Retardation

PACER Center

State Mental Health Advisory Council

State Mental Health Advisory Council –

Children’s Subcommittee

Suicide Awareness Voices of Education

Volunteers of America

And Others

consumer perspectives on steering committee
Consumer Perspectives on Steering Committee
  • Sue Abderholden, National Alliance for the Mentally III-Minnesota
  • Kris Flaten, State Advisory Council on Mental Health and Subcommittee on Children’s Mental Health
  • Sandra Meicher, Mental Health Association of Minnesota
  • Maureen Marrin, Mental Health Consumer/Survivor Network of Minnesota
  • Patricia Seibert, Disability Law Center
  • Roberta Opheim, Ombudsman for MH and Mental Retardation
mmhag action
  • MMHAG was created to take action to transform the mental health system
  • Action steps built upon the work and recommendations of many prior task forces, commissions and studies
  • To the extent possible, MMHAG is implementing changes without seeking legislation
  • Some legislative changes will be pursued in 2005
guiding principles
Guiding Principles
  • Is flexible to meet the needs of different populations, ages and cultures
  • Provides the right care and service at the right time
  • Delivers care and services in the least intensive site possible
  • Uses a sustainable and affordable financial framework with rational incentives
guiding principles continued
Guiding Principles (continued)
  • Is easily navigated by consumers and providers because it operates in efficient, understandable pathways
  • Uses evidence-based interventions and treatment to produce the desired outcomes
  • Employs effective health promotion and prevention strategies
  • Has appropriate providers and service capacity
  • Clearly defines accountability among all parties
  • Researched existing system: mental health programs, funding, services, providers and laws
  • Analyzed past reports of commissions, task forces and studies
  • Convened a consumer forum to engage broader group of consumers, families and advocates
  • Formed a coalition and created a web site for communication and information
  • Set priorities and formed Action Teams and Work Groups
  • Hundreds participating in work groups to develop specific action plans
  • Now working on the road map and securing public and private commitments to make needed changes
mmhag action teams
MMHAG Action Teams
  • Fiscal Framework
    • public and private funding
    • rational incentives
    • the right care, in the right setting, at the right time
  • Coordination of Care and Services
    • easy to navigate
    • achieves the desired health and social outcomes
  • Quality of Care
    • standardized assessment of performance and outcomes.
  • Earlier Intervention
    • consumers are willing to seek, and able to access, help when needed
  • Workforce Solutions
    • adequate supply of qualified mental health professionals
  • Public/private Partnerships
next steps
Next Steps:
  • 2005 Legislation
  • Non-legislative changes in 2005
  • Regional partnerships
  • More hard work
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