ReCAST Minneapolis Updates

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May 15, 2017


Quick Glance

  1. Please complete this survey. 
  2. Next meeting: May 23, 2017 -9:30-11:30am
    Hosmer Library, 347 E. 36th St. Minneapolis
  3. SAMHSA Site Visit: May 17-18. 2017

SAMHSA Minneapolis Site Visit

Five people from SAMHSA will be onsite. A variety of sessions are planned during the visit with invitations extended to impacted staff, Council, the Mayor's office and community partners. The site visit will take place May 17-18, 2017 and will be hosted at various locations throughout Minneapolis.

Sessions include:

  • Evaluation and Management Session
  • DGM-Fiscal/Grant management process/Q&A
  • Trauma-informed Trainings
  • Community Tour led by Ward 4 and 5 City Council Offices

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Overall ReCAST Updates

  • In partnership with community stakeholders and staff, we completed and submitted our strategic plan to SAMHSA on March 30th. With overwhelmingly enthusiastic support for the plan, we received a green light to move forward with implementation.
  • Working with the Welcoming Cities Team to provide training for staff on trauma and stress within refugee and immigrant communities as a result of federal actions. City departments include Regulatory Services, NCR and Civil Rights. Also partnering with the MN Department of Health regarding tools to support staff working with immigrant and refugee groups. Our hope is to use Minneapolis as a model for other cities. 
  • Two Creative CityMaking teams have begun planning projects to explore the impact of government policy over time in communities of color. The Minneapolis Urban League is our primary community anchor organization for the North Minneapolis team. The other team will focus on South Minneapolis; however, we are still defining scope and will identify a community partner once that is done. Both teams will orient projects around the impact of policy on the sense of place and belonging within community while leveraging behavioral/mental health support to ensure engagement on areas of trauma with community do not further traumatize people. Projects will also grow capacity of traditionally disconnected youth, per the goals of ReCAST.
  • Administrative, communications, and technical assistance needs for ReCAST Minneapolis exceeded the capacity of the Equity and Inclusion team such that we created a new grant-funded position for a program assistant to join the team. This opportunity allowed us to move an AmeriCorps VISTA with extensive experience with Equity and Inclusion programs and practices into full time employment in a seamless way. 
  • The ReCAST Minneapolis team will be traveling to Flint, MI in early June, along with four members of the community stakeholder team, to explore an anti-poverty community engagement model recommended by SAMHSA. The trip will include two City staff, two representatives from the faith community (Christian and Muslim), and two licensed mental health providers, per SAMHSA terms. Grantee cities were highly encourage to participate in this two day session.
  • Meeting with NCR to develop a community engagement plan for ReCAST Minneapolis that be informed by the work of the Advisory Team and areas of opportunity, goals, and desired objectives of engagement. 
  • Development of web page to provide more information to the public on ReCAST as we have been fielding requests lately, and expect that to increase as more engagement occurs.
  • Working with Communications as well as Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy (ACCE), to develop a communication strategy and tools for ReCAST Minneapolis. We will be leveraging some communications support for ACCE. 
  • We have made two public presentations on our ReCAST efforts - American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) meeting and the Government Alliance on Race and Equity (GARE) membership meeting. ASLA wants to be more engaged in the work so future meetings are planned to discuss how we accomplish that goal.

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Community Events

UROC Critical Conversation - Sanctuary Through the Eyes of Woman and Girls: A community conversation about immigration and the impact deportation and racialized surveillance on families of color

May 22, 2017 - 5:00-8:00pm
UROC - 2001 Plymouth Ave. N., Minneapolis

Mental Well-Being & Resilience Learning Community Webinar

Launch date: May 30, 2017 10:00am-12:00pm
Last Tuesday of EACH month

  • The Minnesota Department of Health is launching a monthly learning opportunity for anyone who is interested in building resilience and promoting well-being.

Contact Anna Lynn for more information.

Reducing Violence Against African American Males

The University of Minnesota's School of Public Health is seeking participants for a study on preventing violence due to youth-police interactions among African American males.

For more information, please contact Collin Calvert, 612-624-4386.

Community Empowerment through Black Men Healing Conference

June 15-16, 2017
Metropolitan State University, St. Paul Campus, Founders Hall
700 E. Seventh St., St. Paul

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About ReCAST Minneapolis

The Resilience in Communities After Stress & Trauma (ReCAST) Minneapolis Program is funded through a multi-year grant from the Department of Health and Human Services' Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. ReCAST Minneapolis is intended to assist high-rick youth and families and promote resilience and equity in communities that have recently face civil unrest through the implementation of evidence-based violence prevention and community youth engagement programs, as well as linkages to trauma-informed behavioral health services. SAMHSA created the ReCAST Program to support communities that have lived through demonstrations of mass protest in response to police-involved shootings of unarmed African-American males. 

For more information, please email

This update was developed [in part] under grant number 1H79SM063520-01 from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The views, policies, and opinions expressed are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of SAMHSA or HHS. 

For reasonable accommodations or alternative formats please contact or by phone: 612-673-2958. People who are deaf or hard of hearing can use a relay service to call 311 at 612-673-3000. 

TTY users can call 612-673-2157 or 612-673-2626.

Para asistencia 612-673-2700, Yog xav tau kev pab, hu 612-673-2800, Hadii aad Caawimaad u baahantahay 612-673-3500.

Welcome to North Minneapolis" mural by youth artists from Juxtaposition Arts and TATS CRU