Learn about our training center below and explore rental information here.

Where is MACMH’s training center located?
23 Empire Drive, Ste. 1000, St. Paul, MN 55103 (Map your route.)

What will the training center be used for?
The training center will make it possible for us to expand upon a number of our existing programs and allow us to provide some exciting new services, including skills-building classes, mental health first aid trainings, Fidgety Fairy Tales performances and empowerment and advocacy trainings.

The space will also be available for rent for outside organizations who are looking for a place to hold meetings, trainings and other events.

Is MACMH’s training center near public transportation?
The nearest metro transit stop is roughly a block away from our building. For more details on nearby public transportation options, visit the Metro Transit website and enter our address: 23 Empire Drive, St. Paul, 55103

What is the Nevin N. Huested Foundation?
Founded in 1961, the Nevin N. Huested Foundation was created to stimulate new and improved services to children and youth with disabilities in Minnesota. Over 55 years, the foundation awarded an array of grants to school districts, public and private agencies and nonprofits throughout Minnesota before dissolving in 2016.

Who was Nevin Huested?
Living in St. Paul for most of his life and disabled by a severe skin disease, Nevin Huested had a deep concern for others, particularly those who were disabled in any way. It was Mr. Huested’s wish that his estate be used to help Minnesota children and youth with disabilities. In accordance with the directions he left in his will, the Nevin N. Huested Foundation was founded in 1961.

How was MACMH selected to receive the Huested Foundation’s remaining funds?
Preparing for their dissolution, the Foundation’s board of directors wanted to ensure their remaining assets went to support an organization whose mission aligned with the Foundation’s priorities. After reviewing numerous proposals, the board selected MACMH to help carry on Mr. Huested’s legacy.

What does MACMH plan to do with the funding?
With funding from the Foundation, MACMH is making plans to launch both a physical training center and an online training portal. These funds will make it possible for us to not only expand our services, but also close gaps in access to mental health resources and trainings:

Providing easy access for busy professionals
Educators and mental health professionals have busy schedules and limited budgets. By offering continuing education opportunities online that require no expense for traveling and that can be accessed at any time–our workshops will be more accessible to professionals with full schedules and overlapping commitments.
Providing free & reduced-cost resources for parents, caregivers and youth
Many families face economic challenges that make it difficult for them to access much-needed resources and trainings. By offering workshops, family-coaching services and educational materials for free and at a reduced cost, we will be better positioned to ensure that critical mental health resources are accessible to families of all income levels and backgrounds.

Providing learning opportunities for rural communities
Parents and professionals living outside the Twin Cities metro area often face barriers that limit their ability to attend trainings and to get connected to the mental health resources they need. Our online portal will help us better serve these rural communities by offering trainings that can be accessed almost anywhere, regardless of geographical region.

Providing expanded opportunities for young people
In addition to our existing programs, we will expand our offerings to include support groups and skills-training classes; mental health first aid trainings; arts programming classes; and empowerment and advocacy classes for young people with mental health disorders.

Why is an online training portal needed?
Online trainings are frequently requested by parents and professionals living in rural Minnesota because they often face barriers that make it difficult for them to attend our in-person trainings. MACMH is committed to providing the same opportunities across the state as those that are offered in the metro area—and the development of an online training portal with free and reduced-cost webinar offerings will help to bridge this gap in access to mental health resources.

When will online workshops/webinars be available for viewing?
We are in the early stages of creating an online learning portal where we will be able to offer webinars and online content for parents, professionals and youth. Because we want to ensure we are providing relevant, up-to-date content in a format that is accessible to both families and professionals, we are thoughtfully and strategically taking the first steps in the portal development process. Our first round of webinars will be available on our website by the end of 2018, with more content rolling out in the months following. Stay tuned with updates by following us on Facebook and Twitter