Sen. Clausen Authors key mental health legislation for families participating in MFIP

Senator Greg Clausen (DFL-Apple Valley) teamed up with the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) and the Children’s Defense Fund this week to discuss legislation that improves the Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP). The Senate Health, Human Services and Housing Committee discussed legislation authored by Sen. Clausen that will provide services for mental health treatment and related child care for families participating in MFIP.
“This is a simple service that will have a major impact on Minnesota families,” said Sen. Clausen. “Treatment is an important step to recovery and better parenting. Families trying to handle a mental illness should not have to do it alone and this bill will offer some help.”
MFIP is a program for low-income families with children that offers a four-month program to help parents go immediately to work rather than receive welfare. Parents are expected to work, and are supported in working, and most families can get cash assistance for only 60 months.
“Parents want to get back to work and provide for their families,” said Sen. Clausen. “We want to do what we can to eliminate the roadblocks between them and rejoining the workforce. Providing mental health treatment will benefit a lot of families.”
The legislation was recommended to pass and rereferred to the Finance Committee. If you would like to contact Sen. Clausen on his MFIP legislation, or any other legislative concerns, he can be reached at 651-296-4120 or via email at sen.greg.clausen@senate.mn.

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