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May is mental health month. Let’s make sure all kids have the mental health care they need.


Mon, May 11th, 2015
Posted in All Health & Wellness

By Lucinda Jesson

Minn. Department of Human Services Commissioner

We all want kids to grow up healthy and strong. From scrapes and bruises to ear infections and strep throat, we want to make sure that when the need arises, our children receive the right care at the right time.

Mental health is no different.

During Mental Health Awareness Month in May, we need to ask: are we doing this? Are kids in need getting the right mental health services at the right time?

Mental illness among children means serious changes in the way children typically learn, behave, or handle their emotions, and may fall along a “continuum” from mild to severe. That’s why mental health services in Minn. are on a continuum from individual therapy to residential treatment to hospitalization.

Yet mental health services in the state are unevenly available, resulting in serious gaps that may leave kids without services or forced to use inappropriate services, such as hospitalization when a house visit from a mobile team would be more effective, or juvenile detention for lack of a mental health bed. The result? Often times inappropriate, and expensive, care.

At the Department of Human Services, we are working to fix this. For example:

Currently, most of Minn. does not have enough Mobile Mental Health Crisis Response Teams, where psychiatric teams drive to homes or other sites outside the traditional clinical setting to resolve crisis situations, perform assessments, and link people to needed services. These teams are less expensive than hospital services and less traumatic for children and families. We are working toward 24/7 statewide coverage and a single statewide phone number.

A service that doesn’t exist at all in Minn. is Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facilities for children. Currently, highly aggressive and self-injurious children are being turned away from mental health services due to lack of room, staffing, or resources. Many end up in treatment programs in other states, far from their families. We desperately need to establish extended-stay hospital psychiatric beds for youth in need of intensive services on a longer term basis.

What happens when a family needs time to regroup? Currently, 33 counties receive grants to offer respite services. Respite services are available for children receiving mental health case management, and .....
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Valley ramps up for 2nd Annual Rover Run

By Kirsten Zoellner

Thu, May 7th, 2015
Posted in All Health & Wellness

In 2014, Farmers Co-op Elevator in Rushford saw an opportunity to bring together the company’s products, its growing Town & Country Store, and community-minded efforts with a push towards healthy living for both area residents and their canine com ..... 
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National Infant Immunization Week April 18-25

Mon, Apr 20th, 2015
Posted in All Health & Wellness

“National Infant Immunization Week (NIIW) provides an opportunity to celebrate the success of immunizations in preventing deadly diseases,” said Lantha Stevens, Fillmore County Public Health Director, “Maintaining high vaccination rates by vac ..... 
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Harmony bloodmobile collects 42 units

Mon, Apr 13th, 2015
Posted in Harmony Health & Wellness

The blood drive held in Harmony on March 31, 2015, succeeded in collecting 42 units of blood. There were 42 donors that presented and one first-time participant. Congratulations to these seven donors who reached the following milestones: •Maril ..... 
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Bloodmobile in Harmony on March 31

Mon, Mar 23rd, 2015
Posted in Harmony Health & Wellness

Harmony will be hosting a bloodmobile at the Harmony Community Center from 1-7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 31, 2015. All donors will be required to provide identification before donating, so please remember your donor card or driver’s license. Typica ..... 
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Feel good about giving back by donating blood, Red Cross says need for blood is constant

Mon, Mar 23rd, 2015
Posted in All Health & Wellness

Looking for a way to give back to the community by don’t have a lot of time to volunteer? The American Red Cross reminds people that in only about an hour, those eligible can help save lives by donating blood and feel instant gratification. “ ..... 
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Become a hero by giving blood during Red Cross Month

Mon, Feb 23rd, 2015
Posted in All Health & Wellness

During Red Cross Month in March, the American Red Cross reminds eligible blood donors that it doesn’t take a cape or superpowers to be a hero. By donating blood, donors can become a hero for patients in need. Red Cross Month is dedicated to the ..... 
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March is Minnesota Food Share Month

Mon, Feb 23rd, 2015
Posted in All Health & Wellness

The effects of hunger for an individual or family can range from poor health and slowed recovery from injury or illness to poor performance at school or work. During 2014, Semcac Food Shelves in Rushford, Preston, Caledonia, and Kasson assisted ove ..... 
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Local residents sled for ALS

Mon, Feb 16th, 2015
Posted in All Health & Wellness

When someone we know is diagnosed with a disease we want to do all that we can for them. In many cases when that loved one is lost to the disease the need to help others with their battle begins by raising funds to find a cure. Such is the case ..... 
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