DHS is seeking applicants for the mental health innovations grant project advisory panel

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DHS is seeking applicants for the mental health innovations grant project advisory panel

The Department of Human Services’ (DHS) Behavioral Health Division is forming the mental health innovation grant project advisory panel. A mental health innovations advisory panel will foster innovation through co-production. We’re looking for a diverse range of personal/professional experience with the mental health continuum of care. You’re invited to submit an application for consideration as a panelist. The deadline to submit an application and be considered for the panel is October 31, 2018. You’ll be notified of the decision by mid-December.

The advisory panel will collaborate with the project lead and key personnel from DHS’ Behavioral Health Division. Panelists will influence the design and strategic direction of the mental health innovations project. The advisory panel is being formed to serve the following functions:

  • Act as an advisor to DHS’ Behavioral Health Division and grantees
  • Complete evaluations of each grantee based upon periodic oral reports
  • Identify and make recommendations on:

  1. current state of the mental health care system in Minnesota and ‘patient flow’ problem this project seeks to address
  2. expanding Minnesota’s Medicaid benefit set based on findings and in the context of the project
  3. improving the design, staging and structure of the project for future iterations

  • Review and provide feedback on a draft legislative report

Time commitment

Virtual meetings will occur on a quarterly basis throughout the duration of the project (contracts expire October 31, 2019 with the option to extend 6 mos.). Panelists are asked to commit to the current cohort of grantees and duration of the contracts. A new panel will be formed for future grant award cycles.


The mental health innovations grant project was implemented earlier this year. This project seeks to improve access to— and the quality of—community-based, outpatient mental health services and reduce the number of people admitted to regional treatment centers and community behavioral health hospitals.

$2.171 million was awarded to the following, six grantees earlier this year:

  • Adult Mental Health Initiative Region V+: Transition Services
  • American Indian Family Center: Healing Journey
  • Hennepin County Adult Behavioral Health: Behavioral Health Care Center
  • Human Development Center: Emergency Department Case Management
  • Kanabec County: Care Connector/Navigator Model
  • White Earth Mental Health Program: Holistic Health Practitioners

    More information is available on the mental health innovations grant project website.

    How do I apply?

    Follow this link for a short survey to apply and tell us more about yourself by October 31, 2018. You’ll be notified of the decision by mid-December.

    Please share your questions with Amanda.Calmbacher@state.mn.us, 651-503-4050.

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