Current Programs and Activities
MACMH provides parent education and training, Information & Referral and Parent Coaching services, and trains parents in advocacy and leadership skills. In addition, MACMH provides publications and classroom curricula, professional trainings, and an annual conference that provides parents and professionals the opportunity to share the latest research and practices in the field. With the development of the Open-Up Campaign, youth have taken a central role in MACMH’s effort to promote mental well-being and fight stigma through arts based outreach activities.
MACMH Training Services
An important part of our mission is to educate parents about their rights and responsibilities
within the multiple mental health systems. MACMH also trains professionals through MACMH
Training Services (MTS). Trainings and workshops range from an introductory program called
“Early Warning Signs” for educators to advanced trainings for mental health professionals.
Fidgety Fairy Tales
The Mental Health Musical re-imagines familiar fairy tales to raise awareness and reduce the
fear and misunderstanding that surrounds children’s mental health. With great music and a
gentle sense of humor, these hour long shows are fun for the whole family! Scripts have been
reviewed by mental health professionals, parents, and youth with mental health disorders.
Publications, Information and Resources
Current, research-informed information is available on our website (www.macmh.org) and MACMH has created publications specifically for parents of children with mental health disorders and for professionals working with children who have or are at risk of having a mental health disorder. Over 3,000 individual publications were sold (or distributed as part of program activities) during the most recent year. More information about the publications can be found at www.macmh.org. MACMH Advocates also provide information and referral to resources to parents and professionals that call looking for help.
Southside Urban Coalition + Drug Free Communities Grant
The Southside Urban Coalition is a Drug Free Communities coalition funded by the Substance
Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Focused on preventing youth
substance use in south Minneapolis, the SUC strives to make the community a healthy and
safe place. We welcome anyone who is invested in the south Minneapolis community, is
involved with preventing youth substance use, or who wants to make a difference.
is a youth-led, youth-driven group of leaders passionate about mental health
in the state of Minnesota. Supported by the SAMHSA and Federation for Families, they act
as a statewide chapter advocating for youth mental health awareness in Minnesota.
School-wide Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (SWPBIS). SWPBIS refers to a
systems change process for an entire school or district. The underlying theme is teaching
behavioral expectations in the same manner as any core curriculum subject.
Infant & Early Childhood Mental Health Division
The goals of MAIECMH include education and advocacy resulting in enhanced, culturally
competent, interdisciplinary, professional capacity to serve infants, young children and their
families. At the heart of this work is the relationship between a child and her or his parents/
caregivers, the primary context within which mental health promotion, screening, assessment
and interventions are provided.
Mental Health Certified Family Peer Specialists Project
Is a certification program for a new workforce sector of Mental Health Certified Family
Peer Specialists (CFPS). The CFPS workforce will be comprised of parents and caregivers
who have children with mental health disorders. The candidates must have experience
navigating the children’s mental health system, demonstrate leadership and advocacy skills
and have a strong dedication to family driven services. The CFPS workforce will provide
nonclinical family peer support counseling, non-adversarial advocacy, and link other parents
to community resources. They will promote resiliency, self-advocacy, and will help other
parents develop problem solving skills and a broader knowledge of mental health services.
The CFPS workforce will be prepared to work with community mental health providers in
multiple treatment settings.