The Children’s Mental Health and Emotional or Behavioral Disorders Project and PACER Center offer resources, training, and volunteer opportunities for parents who are interested in expanding their skills and understanding on topics that relate to children and youth with mental health or behavioral health challenges.
Through well told stories, parents can encourage and motivate others to understand the challenges and needs of children and youth with disabilities and their families. This resource article provides information to help parents tell their story, from personal experience to influencing change.
Parents play a key role in their child’s education. This resource article gives information to help parents learn more about the school district in areas that can influence a student’s educational success.
If you are a parent of a child receiving special education services and serve as a representative on your school district’s special education advisory committee, knowing what questions to ask is essential to your effectiveness. This resource article provides strategies to help parents consider the importance of asking questions that engage others in setting a positive direction for discussion topics.
When your child enters school, you and the school become partners in what you both hope will be the successful development and education of your child. This handout will give parents tips for creating a positive and productive partnership with the school.
“The most successful parent advisory committees are those with a clear purpose of who is asking for advice, what advice is being sought, and who is committed to hearing and responding to the advice.” (-B. Schwab, 1992) This worksheet can be used by parent leaders to investigate advisory committee opportunities that may be a good fit.
Opportunities for Parent Involvement
Serving on a Minnesota state board, council, or committee is a great way to get involved in your local community and help make a difference.
2019 Legislative Proposals Alert
An important component of parent leadership is being knowledgeable about current legislative proposals affecting children and youth with mental health needs. Some of those proposals may reflect the experiences, both positive and negative, that you and your child have experienced. Sharing your ideas and experiences help your legislative representatives better understand the impact of those proposals. Your voice counts!
Here are some of the 2019 legislative initiatives currently being proposed that you might want to consider:
DHS Fast Fact Sheets - highlighting selected human services proposals that pertain to children in Governor Tim Walz’s FY 2020-21 Budget Recommendations (PDF)
Child care investment and integrity
- Children and families: Invest in child care quality, integrity (PDF) (April 2019)
- Improving oversight of the Child Care Assistance Program (PDF) (April 2019)
- Increasing access to child care, improving health and safety (PDF) (March 2019)
- Expanding access to child care assistance for waiting families (PDF) (March 2019)
- Strengthening integrity in the Child Care Assistance Program (PDF) (March 2019)
- Ensuring integrity in the Child Care Assistance Program (PDF) (March 2019)
Children and families
- Children and families: Provide culturally appropriate services, address needs of children at risk, promote stability (PDF)(March 2019)
- Raising the MFIP cash grant for families living in poverty (PDF) (March 2019)
- Continuing to improve Minnesota's child welfare system (PDF) (March 2019)
- Ensuring access to health care for all children in foster care (PDF) (March 2019)
- Behavioral health: Tackling challenges, building on strengths (PDF) (April 2019)
- Boosting federal funding for substance use disorder services (PDF) (April 2019)
- Add school-linked mental health services for more students (PDF) (March 2019)
- Creating long-term solutions for children's mental health (PDF) (March 2019)
- Build on success, improve behavioral health care through Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics (PDF) (March 2019)
- Address the opioid crisis through prevention and treatment (PDF) (March 2019)
- Uniform Service Standards: Clarify mental health regulations (PDF) (March 2019)
- Reform funding, build behavioral health care continuum (PDF) (March 2019)
- Help people transition to community from state facilities (PDF) (March 2019)
Minnesota Department of Human Services
Elmer L. Andersen Human Services Building
540 Cedar Street
St. Paul, MN, 55155
Parent Leadership Training on Children’s Mental Health
This January 2018 workshop offers parents information about improvements and progress within our systems of care, and support for children and youth with mental health and behavioral health challenges.
PACER Center offers a variety of volunteering opportunities, and our volunteers offer important value to the work we do for individuals with disabilities and families. If you are a parent leader interested in building new skills, expanding your experiences, or giving back to help others, we encourage you to apply.