In 2013, the Minnesota Legislature asked for a state mental health workforce development plan to be created that would:
HealthForce Minnesota was charged with leading the implementation of this legislation (Legislative Charge 2013 (SF 1236). A Steering Committee of mental health workforce stakeholders was formed, surveys were conducted and community meetings were held around the state to gather ideas.
That process culminated with a Mental Health Summit that resulted in the Mental Health Workforce State Plan presented to the legislature in January of 2015. The plan included 24 consensus based-recommendations. As of October 2016, 10 of the 24 recommendations were complete or in progress.
Legislative Charge SF1236: The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MNSCU) will convene a summit involving the Department of Human Services, MNSCU, U of M, private colleges, mental health professionals, special education representatives, child and adult mental health advocates and providers, and community mental health centers. The purpose will be:
The plan must be submitted to the legislature by January 15, 2015