Senator Clausen’s legislation creates higher education/mental health professionals summit

Senator Greg Clausen (DFL-Apple Valley) has drafted bipartisan legislation to bring Minnesota colleges and mental health professionals together to improve the state’s mental health services. His legislation outlines three goals for the group. They will be asked to develop a comprehensive workforce development plan to increase the number of mental health professionals and practitioners working in the field of children’s mental health, ensure appropriate course work and training experience and increase the number of culturally diverse mental health professionals and practitioners.
“To address mental health issues in Minnesota, we need well-trained individuals that can offer quality treatment services,” said Sen. Clausen. “This bill works to do that by bringing our leaders in higher education and mental health professionals together to create a plan for our state’s future.”
Senator Clausen’s summit will include representatives from the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU), the University of Minnesota (U of M), private colleges, mental health professionals, special education, children’s mental health advocates, children’s mental health providers, and community mental health centers. If the legislation passes, the group’s recommendations will be completed by January of 2015.
“I am hopeful that this summit will produce effective solutions for mental health treatment,” said Sen. Clausen. “Our state’s mental health professionals know what we need and the colleges know how to get us there. It is just common sense to bring these groups together at the same table to discuss the needs of our mental health community.”
For more information on this legislation or any other legislative issues, contact Sen. Clausen by calling (651) 296-4120 or by emailing sen.greg.clausen@senate.mn.

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