NAMI MINNESOTA
1919 UNIVERSITY AVE W NO 400, SAINT PAUL, MN 55104 www.namihelps.org

Total Revenue
$2,431,460
Total Expenses
$2,312,545
Net Assets
$952,112

Organizations Filed Purposes: NAMI MN CHAMPIONS JUSTICE, DIGNITY AND RESPECT FOR ALL MINNESOTANS AFFECTED BY MENTAL ILLNESSES

EDUCATION AND SUPPORT:TO CREATE A COMMUNITY THAT SUPPORTS CHILDREN AND ADULTS WITH MENTAL ILLNESSES TO HEAL AND RECOVER, PEOPLE NEED TO BE EDUCATED ABOUT MENTAL ILLNESSES, KNOW HOW TO HELP AND SUPPORT THOSE IMPACTED BY MENTAL ILLNESSES AND ELIMINATE STEREOTYPES AND BIASES. IN FISCAL YEAR 2019, NAMI REACHED NEARLY 700 FAMILY MEMBERS THROUGH ITS EIGHT DIFFERENT CLASSES THAT PROVIDE INFORMATION ON ADULT AND CHILDREN'S MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES AND RANGE FROM A ONE-HOUR CLASS TO A 12-WEEK CLASS. CLASSES INCLUDE: CHILDREN'S CHALLENGING BEHAVIORS - UNDERSTAND THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN TYPICAL AGE APPROPRIATE BEHAVIORS AND THE CHALLENGING BEHAVIORS THAT MAY BE A SYMPTOM OF SOMETHING MORE SERIOUS. LEARN WHEN AND HOW TO SEEK HELP, PARENTING STRATEGIES, HOW TO ACCESS SPECIAL EDUCATION OR OTHER EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS, AND LEARN ABOUT RESOURCES THROUGH INSURANCE AND THE COUNTY TO HELP YOUR CHILD AND FAMILY. MENTAL HEALTH CRISIS PLANNING - LEARN THE SYMPTOMS THAT CAN LEAD TO A CRISIS, STEPS TO TAKE, DE-ESCALATION TECHNIQUES AND THE ROLE OF COUNTY CRISIS TEAMS. SPECIAL EDUCATION - LEARN THE BASICS ABOUT THE SPECIAL EDUCATION PROCESS (EVALUATION, INDIVIDUALIZED EDUCATION PLANS, STUDENTS' RIGHTS) AND HOW COMPLEX IT IS. LEARN THE LAWS AND RULES THAT IMPACT CHILDREN WITH A MENTAL ILLNESS OR IN THE EMOTIONAL OR BEHAVIORAL DISABILITY (EBD) CATEGORY SUCH AS 504 PLANS, THE USE OF SECLUSION AND RESTRAINTS, AND DISCIPLINE POLICIES. TRANSITIONS - LEARN HOW TO HELP A TEEN OR YOUNG ADULT ACCESS RESOURCES TO SUCCEED IN SCHOOL, EMPLOYMENT AND INDEPENDENT LIVING. UNDERSTAND THE RIGHTS YOUNG ADULTS GAIN WHEN THEY REACH 18 AND HOW TO HELP GUIDE THEM IF THEY ARE NOT READY TO TOTAL INDEPENDENCE. UNDERSTANDING EARLY EPISODE PSYCHOSIS - LEARN ABOUT THE SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF PSYCHOSIS, CAUSES, TREATMENT OPTIONS AND WHY EARLY INTERVENTION IS SO IMPORTANT. PARTICIPANTS WILL LEARN HOW TO ADVOCATE FOR AND HELP A YOUNG PERSON GET BACK TO WORK OR SCHOOL AND ACHIEVE RECOVERY. HOPE FOR RECOVERY - OBTAIN INFORMATION ABOUT MENTAL ILLNESSES, TREATMENTS, CRISIS MANAGEMENT, SUICIDE PREVENTION, THE MENTAL HEALTH SYSTEM AND LOCAL RESOURCES ALONG WITH PRACTICAL STRATEGIES FOR HELPING A LOVED ONE OR FRIEND. THIS INCLUDES LEARNING THE LEAP STRATEGY FOR IMPROVING COMMUNICATION; LISTEN, EMPATHIZE, AGREE-ON WHAT YOU CAN, AND PARTNER. FAMILY CONNECTIONS - FAMILY CONNECTIONS IS A 12-WEEK COURSE THAT MEETS WEEKLY TO PROVIDE EDUCATION, SKILLS TRAINING, AND SUPPORT FOR PEOPLE WHO ARE IN A RELATIONSHIP WITH SOMEONE WHO HAS BPD. FOCUSING ON ISSUES THAT ARE SPECIFIC TO BPD, IT IS HOSTED IN A COMMUNITY SETTING AND LED BY TRAINED GROUP LEADERS WHO ARE USUALLY FAMILY MEMBERS OF RELATIVES WITH BPD. DR. ALAN FRUZZETTI AND DR. PERRY HOFFMAN DEVELOPED THE COURSE BASED ON THEIR RESEARCH AS WELL AS THEIR SIGNIFICANT PROFESSIONAL EXPERTISE IN COUNSELING PEOPLE WITH BPD AND THEIR LOVED ONES. FAMILY CONNECTIONS PROVIDES CURRENT INFORMATION AND RESEARCH ON BPD AND ON FAMILY FUNCTIONING; INDIVIDUAL COPING SKILLS BASED ON DIALECTICAL BEHAVIOR THERAPY (DBT); FAMILY SKILLS; AND GROUP SUPPORT THAT BUILDS AN ONGOING NETWORK FOR FAMILY MEMBERS. FAMILY-TO-FAMILY - LEARN ABOUT MENTAL ILLNESSES, THE BRAIN, TREATMENT, AND RESOURCES TO HELP A LOVED ONE LIVING WITH A MENTAL ILLNESS. ATTENDEES WILL ALSO BUILD COMMUNICATION SKILLS, REDUCE STRESS, FIND SUPPORT AND DISCOVER THE COMMON STAGES OF EMOTIONAL RESPONSES WHEN SUPPORTING SOMEONE WITH A MENTAL ILLNESS. NAMI RUNS TWO PROJECTS IN DAKOTA AND SCOTT COUNTIES WHERE PARENTS' NIGHTS AND OTHER CLASSES ARE HELD TO SUPPORT PARENTS OF CHILDREN WITH A MENTAL ILLNESS AND ONE-ON-ONE ASSISTANCE IS PROVIDED. NAMI MINNESOTA IS ALSO A PART OF THE CHILDREN'S SYSTEM OF CARE GRANT, FOCUSING ON ENSURING PARENT AND FAMILY ENGAGEMENT IN THE DESIGN OF THE SYSTEM. THE FAMILY PEER SPECIALIST IS UNDER A PARTIAL CONTRACT WITH THREE OF THE PROGRAMS RUNNING A FIRST PSYCHOSIS PROGRAM TO PROVIDE EDUCATION AND SUPPORT TO FAMILIES WHOSE TEEN OR YOUNG ADULT IS EXPERIENCING A FIRST PSYCHOTIC EPISODE. TO REACH LATINX FAMILIES, A FULL-TIME SPANISH SPEAKING PARENT EDUCATOR WAS HIRED TO CONDUCT OUTREACH TO THE COMMUNITY, PROVIDE EDUCATION AND ONE-TO-ONE SUPPORT IN DAKOTA, WASHINGTON AND RAMSEY COUNTIES. A YOUNG ADULT MULTI-CULTURAL ADVISORY COMMITTEE WAS FORMED THIS PAST YEAR TO PROVIDE INPUT INTO HOW NAMI WORKS WITHIN DIFFERENT CULTURAL COMMUNITIES AND TO WORK TO CREATE THAT CHANGE. THEY LAUNCHED A SERIES OF PODCASTS CALLED WELLNESS IN COLOR. MENTAL HEALTH 101 IS A CLASS DESIGNED TO BE CULTURALLY SENSITIVE AND IS DELIVERED TO THE AFRICAN AMERICAN, SPANISH SPEAKING AND LGBTQ COMMUNITIES. IT REACHED 131 PEOPLE LAST YEAR.

PUBLIC AWARENESS AND PUBLIC POLICY:CHANGING PUBLIC ATTITUDES TOWARDS MENTAL ILLNESSES AND INCREASING THE PUBLIC'S MENTAL HEALTH LITERACY ARE CRITICAL TO THE COMMUNITY ACCEPTING PEOPLE WITH MENTAL ILLNESSES. NAMI IS MOVING AWAY FROM USING THE WORD "STIGMA AND CALLING IT WHAT IT IS - DISCRIMINATION. ONE OF THE BEST WAYS TO DISRUPT STEREOTYPES IS FOR PEOPLE TO SHARE THEIR OWN STORIES. THE IN OUR OWN VOICE PROGRAM HELPS PEOPLE WITH MENTAL ILLNESSES SHAPE AND SHARE THEIR STORIES OF RECOVERY. IN ADDITION, NAMI COLLABORATES ON THE MAKE IT OK CAMPAIGN AND HAS A SPEAKERS' BUREAU. THESE THREE PROGRAMS REACHED OVER 2,700 PEOPLE. INCREASING MENTAL HEALTH LITERACY IS EQUALLY IMPORTANT. NAMI MINNESOTA OFFERS ALL FOUR VERSIONS OF MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID REACHING OVER 700 PEOPLE. WITH HALF OF ALL MENTAL ILLNESSES EMERGING BY THE AGE OF 14, EDUCATING HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS ABOUT MENTAL ILLNESSES IS CRUCIAL TO EARLY IDENTIFICATION AND TREATMENT AND SUICIDE PREVENTION. NAMI MINNESOTA DELIVERED A NATIONAL NAMI PROGRAM CALLED ENDING THE SILENCE, TO OVER 5,800 HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS. WE HAVE BEGUN WORK ON A CURRICULUM FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS WHICH WE HOPE TO LAUNCH THIS FISCAL YEAR. UNDERSTANDING THE IMPORTANCE OF WELLNESS, NAMI MINNESOTA BEGAN A WELLNESS SERIES IN THE COMMUNITY FOCUSING ON NUTRITION, EXERCISE AND SMOKING CESSATION. AN IMPORTANT PART OF WELLNESS IS HAVING SOMETHING MEANINGFUL TO DO - SUCH AS EMPLOYMENT. THE ONE-HOUR WORKSHOP, OFTEN OFFERED OVER THE LUNCH HOUR, CALLED GOOD MENTAL HEALTH IN THE WORKPLACE, WAS OFFERED AT 39 DIFFERENT COMPANIES OR ORGANIZATIONS REACHING 1400 PEOPLE, DOUBLING THE NUMBER REACHED THE PREVIOUS YEAR. THE RISING RATE OF SUICIDE IN MINNESOTA AND ACROSS THE COUNTRY HAS LED TO A MORE INTENSE EFFORT TO EDUCATE PEOPLE ON HOW TO PREVENT SUICIDES. SIX DIFFERENT CLASSES ARE OFFERED, INCLUDING MEANS RESTRICTION EDUCATION, QPR, SAFETALK, ASIST, SURVIVOR VOICES AND POSTVENTION. NAMI REACHED NEARLY 3500 PEOPLE THROUGHOUT THE STATE. LOCKBOXES ARE GIVEN TO CRISIS TEAMS, EMERGENCY DEPARTMENTS AND SCHOOLS TO DISTRIBUTE TO PARENTS TO HELP KEEP THEIR CHILDREN SAFE. THIS YEAR WE ARE COLLABORATING WITH UMASH TO BRING SUICIDE PREVENTION TO FARM COMMUNITIES, WITH THE SUICIDE SURVIVORS CLUB TO HELP FAMILIES HEAL AFTER A SUICIDE AND WITH THE MN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION TO TRAIN PHYSICIANS ON SUICIDE PREVENTION. TO ADDRESS THE HIGH RATE OF SMOKING AMONG ADULTS WITH MENTAL ILLNESSES NAMI MINNESOTA WILL BE LAUNCHING AN ONLINE SMOKING CESSATION PROGRAM TARGETED AT MENTAL HEALTH PROFESSIONALS TO TEACH THEM HOW TO ENGAGE PEOPLE WITH SERIOUS MENTAL ILLNESSES IN SMOKING CESSATION STRATEGIES. PEOPLE WHO HAVE A SERIOUS MENTAL ILLNESS ARE AGING AND OLDER ADULTS ARE DEVELOPING DEPRESSION AND OTHER MENTAL ILLNESSES AND NAMI PROVIDED EDUCATION TO OVER 1600 PEOPLE WHO WORK WITH OLDER ADULTS. SPEAKING AT CONFERENCES AND PROVIDING TARGETED PRESENTATIONS ARE IMPORTANT IN REACHING PROFESSIONALS, AND THIS YEAR OVER 3,300 PROFESSIONALS WERE REACHED. IT IS DIFFICULT TO FACE A MENTAL ILLNESS AND WE LEARN SO MUCH FROM OTHERS WHO HAVE TRAVELED THE JOURNEY. NAMI'S 72 PEER-LED SUPPORT GROUPS PROVIDE SUPPORT TO FAMILY MEMBERS, ADULTS LIVING WITH A MENTAL ILLNESS, PARENTS OF CHILDREN, SPOUSES/PARTNERS, YOUNG ADULTS WITH MENTAL ILLNESSES, AND PEOPLE WHO IDENTIFY AS LGBTQ. TO ADDRESS BARRIERS TO ACCESSING THE GROUPS SUCH AS TRANSPORTATION, THREE WEB-BASED SUPPORT GROUPS WERE LAUNCHED THIS PART YEAR. NAMI IS THE STATE'S OUTREACH PARTNER FOR THE NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF MENTAL HEALTH, WHICH PROVIDES US WITH AN OPPORTUNITY TO DISTRIBUTE THEIR MATERIALS AND PROMOTE RESEARCH AT OVER 111 BOOTHS A YEAR, INCLUDING THE MINNESOTA STATE FAIR. TO PROMOTE THE IMPORTANCE AND AWARENESS OF THE LATEST MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES AND RESEARCH, NAMI HOSTS A RESEARCH DINNER WITH THE UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA DEPARTMENT OF PSYCHIATRY EACH YEAR, AS WELL AS THE ANNUAL NAMI STATE CONFERENCE AND ANNUAL BABY BLUES CONFERENCE ON MATERNAL MENTAL HEALTH AND ALL THREE CONFERENCES TOGETHER REACHED OVER 600 PEOPLE. THIS PAST YEAR'S STATE CONFERENCE FEATURED DANIEL E. DAWES, JD WHO SPOKE ABOUT MENTAL HEALTH EQUITY IN AMERICA: A PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE LOOK AT THE POLITICAL DETERMINANTS OF HEALTH; RESMAA MENAKEM, MSW, LICSW, S.E.P. WAS THE KEYNOTE FOR THE BABY BLUES CONFERENCE AND HE DISCUSSED RACIALIZED TRAUMA, THE PHYSICAL NATURE OF TRAUMA, HOW IT IMPACTS OUR BODIES AND OUR MINDS, AND HOW THIS RELATES TO PEOPLE WHO ARE PREGNANT AND NEW PARENTS.

INFORMATION, ADVOCACY AND MEMBERSHIP: A NEW WEBSITE WAS LAUNCHED LAST JULY AND HAD 112,000 UNIQUE VISITORS. THREE E-NEWSLETTERS COVERING GENERAL INFORMATION, CHILDREN'S MENTAL HEALTH AND LEGISLATIVE ISSUES ARE PUBLISHED EVERY MONTH WITH OVER 20,500 SUBSCRIBERS. NAMI HAS A STRONG PRESENCE ON SOCIAL MEDIA WITH 10,390 FACEBOOK FRIENDS AND 6,337 TWITTER FOLLOWERS. OVER 4,500 PEOPLE CONTACTED THE HELPLINE FOR ASSISTANCE IN NAVIGATING THE MENTAL HEALTH SYSTEM OR LOOKING FOR INFORMATION ON HOW TO HELP A LOVED ONE, A 12% INCREASE. NAMI MINNESOTA CONTINUES TO UPDATE AND PUBLISH 12 BOOKLETS TO ASSIST PEOPLE IN NAVIGATING VARIOUS PARTS OF THE MENTAL HEALTH SYSTEM. THIS YEAR NAMI IS WORKING TO COMPLETE A BOOKLET ON CO-OCCURRING DISORDERS (MENTAL ILLNESSES AND SUBSTANCE USE DISORDERS). NAMI MINNESOTA IS A LEADER IN THE PUBLIC POLICY ARENA AND PARTICIPATES IN DIFFERENT TASK FORCES AND ADVISORY COMMITTEES TO ENSURE THAT ELECTED OFFICIALS AND POLICY MAKERS ARE AWARE OF THE NEEDS OF CHILDREN AND ADULTS WITH MENTAL ILLNESSES AND THEIR FAMILIES AND HOW THEY CAN BE MET. DUE TO A NEW GRANT, NAMI NOW HAS A FULL-TIME POSITION DEVOTED TO THE INTERSECTION OF MENTAL ILLNESSES AND THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM. WORK WILL BE CONDUCTED RELATED TO STEPPING UP INITIATIVES, THE LARGE NUMBER OF PEOPLE DEEMED INCOMPETENT TO STAND TRIAL AND THE JUVENILE JUSTICE SYSTEM. NAMI IS ALSO VIEWED AS THE "GO TO ORGANIZATION FOR THE MEDIA WITH ITS EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR FREQUENTLY INTERVIEWED ON ISSUES RELATED TO MENTAL ILLNESSES AND THE MENTAL HEALTH SYSTEM.

Executives Listed on Filing

Total Salary includes financial earnings, benefits, and all related organization earnings listed on tax filing

NameTitleHours Per WeekTotal Salary
Susan AbderholdenEXECUTIVE DIRECTOR40$95,000
Michael Trangle MdBOARD MEMBER1$0
Pat SeppanenBOARD MEMBER1$0
Paul P Schnell MaBOARD MEMBER1$0
Mariah C OwensBOARD MEMBER1$0
Beatric Officer Hrm DmBOARD MEMBER1$0
Tom Koch Ed DBOARD MEMBER1$0
Ani Ryan Koch MphBOARD MEMBER1$0
Kevin Hanstad MbaBOARD MEMBER1$0
Jessica Gourneau Phd LpBOARD MEMBER1$0
Nancy Dillon Rn Phd PhmcnsBOARD MEMBER1$0
Carolie CollinsBOARD MEMBER1$0
Jesus M Calvillo Ms LpccBOARD MEMBER1$0
Christine Bray Phd LpBOARD MEMBER1$0
Dana Keeley MbaSECRETARY1$0
Rick Lancaster MppTREASURER1$0
Jan Ormasa2ND VICE PRESIDENT1$0
Carrie M Borchardt Md1ST VICE PRESIDENT1$0
Emily Bulthuis Msw LicswBOARD PRESIDENT1$0

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