NAMI provides help for parents

NAMI Minnesota has received a $60,000 grant from the Dakota County Children’s Mental Health Collaborative to develop a Parent Peer Specialist Program that will work to improve the lives of children and adolescents living with a mental illness and their families. The program will connect families with a Parent Peer Navigator to help them understand and access appropriate treatment for their child.

The Parent Navigators have personal experience within the children’s mental health system and will work closely with families to help them identify services, gather information and coordinate planning meetings with service providers.

Parents of children residing in Dakota County can be referred by their child’s school, a mental health agency or by contacting Jennie Bennett at 651-645-2948, ext. 300.