Day-at-Home-1Nearly eighty people gathered at the Broadway Ballroom Event Center in Alexandria last Friday to discuss the current and future condition of mental health services in Minnesota and in the five-county region. Included in the discussion were three Minnesota State legislators and the Assistant Commissioner of Community Supports Administration, who spent the morning discussing the issues with attendees and listening to the personal stories of individuals whose lives have been affected, in some way, by mental illness.

The “Fifth Annual Day at Home in Region 4”, was sponsored by the Region 4 South Adult Mental Health Consortium (AMHC). The annual event is designed to bring Legislators and their constituents together to engage in constructive dialogue on mental health issues, as well as put a personal face on mental illness in the region. The event also provides a forum to educate people involved with the mental health system on how to effectively interact with their legislators.

Watch the Event Here

The entire event is viewable by clicking on the links below.

Session I

Joanie Murphy from Stevens County Human Services gave opening remarks and introduced Jennifer DeCubellis, the keynote speaker. DeCubellis, Assistant Commissioner of the Community Supports Administration at the Minnesota Department of Human Services, gave a presentation updating the group on the latest developments in and direction of mental health services in Minnesota. DeCubellis then engaged in a Q & A session following her presentation.

Session 2

Several individuals shared their personal stories and experiences with mental illness.

Session 3

Shannah Mulvihill, Executive Director of Mental Health Minnesota, moderated a dialogue with three Minnesota Legislators.