Senate Hearing in St. Peter on patient flow through the mental health system

Members of the Minnesota State Senate Health and Human Services policy and finance divisions have scheduled tours of the Minnesota Security Hospital and the Community Behavioral Health Hospital to discuss the state’s mental health services.

Senator Kathy Sheran (DFL-Mankato) scheduled the listening sessions in hopes to focus the Legislature on creating a complete and effective system of public and private community based and inpatient mental health services that promote mental health, support patients early and quickly and at the correct place for the level of need. The senators hope to address any concerns of the patient flow and problems with the movement of patients through the mental health system and into the community.

After the tours, Sen. Sheran (Chair of the Health, Human Services and Housing Policy Committee) and Senator Tony Lourey (Chair of the Senate Health and Human Services Finance Division) will host a listening session that includes testimony from invited community representatives of the mental health system. The senators will take the opportunity to hear from local hospitals, clinics, crisis centers and corrections on flow issues for persons with need for mental health services across the wide range and degree of difficulty.

The meeting is set for 12:30 pm on Nov. 12, at the St. Peter Community Center (Governor’s Room 300). The listening session is open to the public to observe.

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Kathy Sheran represents District 19, which includes portions of Blue Earth, Le Sueur, and Nicollet counties in the south central part of the state. She chairs the Health, Human Services and Housing Committee.

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