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MACMH to Launch Training Center with Funding from Nevin N. Huested Foundation
Some big things are on the horizon at MACMH, and we’re so excited to share them with you!
We were recently selected as the recipient of nearly $540,000 from the Nevin N. Huested Foundation–and with those funds, plans are underway for us to launch both a mental health training center in the Twin Cities and a mental health training portal online.
These funds will not only allow us to expand our services for children, families and professionals, but will also make it possible for us to close gaps in access to mental health resources and trainings for people across the state and beyond.
Our search for a property in the Twin Cities metro area is currently underway. We will be sure to provide an update once a location has been selected.
For media inquiries, contact Deborah Saxhaug or Emily Richardson at 651-644-7333.
Q. What is the Nevin N. Huested Foundation?
A. 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.
Q. Who was Nevin Huested?
A. 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.
Q. How was MACMH selected to receive the Huested Foundation’s remaining funds?
A. Preparing for their dissolution and wanting to ensure their remaining assets went to support an organization whose mission aligned with the Foundation’s priorities, the Foundation’s board of directors chose MACMH based on their proposal to launch both a physical and online mental health training site in Mr. Huested’s name.
Q. What does MACMH plan to do with the $539,000 in funding?
A: With funding from the Foundation, MACMH is making plans to launch both a physical mental health training center and an online mental health 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:
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.
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.
Q. Where will the physical training center be located?
A: Our search for a property in the Twin Cities metro area is currently underway. Because we want to ensure we find a property that meets our training needs and is accessible to both professionals and families, we are thoughtfully planning for this exciting transition. We will be sure to provide an update once a location has been selected.
Q. What will the training center be used for?
A. The training center will make it possible for us to expand upon a number of our existing programs. Additionally, it will allow us to provide some exciting new services, including skills-training classes for young people with mental health disorders; mental health first aid trainings for youth; Fidgety Fairy Tales performances and classes; and empowerment and advocacy trainings for youth and families.
Q: Why is an online training portal needed?
A: 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.