Mission: People working together to create a healthier community.
Vision: People in our community are healthy, safe, active, supported and engaged.
In the 2018 Community Health Needs Assessment Drug Use and Abuse was identified as the second highest priority based on survey results, primary and secondary data, and focus group input. Drugs impact people of all ages through primary use which affects the brain, behaviors, relationships and functioning, housing access, and more to an individual. Even if in recovery, remaining effects of usage may remain that impact ability to find housing, a job, or to find positive community support systems. Secondary impacts include negative impacts on children and families, job/work loss, incarceration rates, health care costs and more (all of which affect taxes which are needed to raise funds to support programs that mitigate effects).
Pass Tobacco 21 policy in communities across Becker County
Decreasing youth tobacco rates
The FATHER Project assists father in overcoming barriers that prevent them from supporting their children economically and emotionally. Hubbard County fathers and families recieve 1:1 support in their home and within a group setting. Services include: personal consultation with a father advocate, peer support services, empowerment supports, parenting and fatherhood skills classes, resource navigation, child support services, father and family activities, Adult Basic Education and GED services, and employment services.
All men over 18 years old who are fathers or are interested in services to become prepared to be fathers, that are located in Hubbard and Becker Counties.
Medication Assisted Treatment supports the use of suboxone in helping women and men recieve treatment to stay in recovery from opioid use disorder. It is a service that is provided by a trained physician or advanced practitioner. New partnerships have brought education to providers at Essentia Health to become certified in MAT. A second training will be held in the winter of 2019 and will provide the opportunity for providers from other agencies to recieved the MAT waiver certification as well.
The new MAT program will be implemented at Essentia Health in Detroit Lakes in January 2020. The program is open to all men and women over the age of 18 years old willing to be treated at Essentia Health and will be monitored by the provider.
Opioids are one of the leading causes of death for young people in America today. MAT programs provide a safe and controlled level of medication to overcome the use of an abused opioid. When provided at the proper dose, medications used in MAT have no adverse effects on a person's intelligence, mental capability, physical functioning or employability. In fact, the treatment supports people to stay in recovery and prevents premature death by overdose.
Adverse Childhood Experiences and social emotional learning skills are the top factors that influence health outcomes and prosperity across the lifespan. In fact, if a child is exposed to 6 or more ACES, their life expectency is 20 years less than a child with zero. Healthy environments provide the context in which all people thrive and nurturing environments create access to experiences that enable youth to aquire skills to thrive in society. In order to support youth in becoming resilient and having access to resources to support wellbeing, our approach is to create healthy environments and positive nurturing environments that reduce the stigma of mental illness, expand mentoring programs and youth activities, and improve prevention and early intervention strategies to address mental health.
A focused initiative on how to improve collaboration between health services (specifically behavioral health) and schools to support the needs of youth at risk who are struggling with mental health, behavioral issues or coping skills. The collaboration will support the development of a mental health professional (EH employee) and a CTSS worker to serve the youth of these organizations. Services of the Mental Health Professional will include:
Services of the CTSS worker will include:
Data from the Minnesota Student Survey from 2013-2019 shows that Frazee is the highest risk school district in Becker County for mental illness, hopelessness, suicidality and substance use. The ALC does not complete the Minnesota Student Survey, but is know to serve at risk youth. In addition, the Boys and Girls Club of Detroit Lakes serves many youth and does not have the resources as a school does to assist with behavioral, mental health or substance use issues. Therefore, expanding services is focused in these areas. All youth will be able to be served despite ability to pay.
This collaborative is sustainabile as it improves the ability to serve as the cost of services is split between agencies. In addition, it will be impactful as it removes barriers such as requiring a diagnosis, transportation issues, lack of health insurance or ability to pay so that all youth have access to services as needed. The plan anticipates that between 10-18 youth can be served daily per site location.
Multiple organizations partner together to reduce the stigma of mental health and substance use disorder in Becker County. Over the years the partnerships have grown to not only provide professional education, but to provide community education and to lift the voice of personal stories of those who have experienced the hardship first hand. Stomp the Stigma and the "Inside Out": A Step Inside Mental Illness" video series are two such examples. Our goal is to continue to grow and offer impactful trainings and opportunities so that people feel empowered to seek help, and supported in recovery.
This committee is dedicated to serving all of Becker County and the people within it.
Did you know that nearly 60% of adults and 50% of youth ages 8-15 with a mental illness did not recieve mental health services the previous year? Our goal is to increase the number of people recieving education, to reduce the stigma, and to improve access to mental health services as part of the work of the overall HOPE Project.
Barriers for child care providers include burnout, lack of benefits, state regulations, poor income for child care providers, difficult families and children. Parents struggle to find affordable child care, quality child care, or care that works for their hours of employment. Employers struggle to support employees who have child care issues.
With 647 child care slots needed now this program focuses on identifying opportunities to expand current facilities to serve more children, or to develop new child care facilities. Using an asset based approach the team has identified agencies that have potential and interest in expansion or creation of a facility.
This program serves people or entities interested in developing or expanding child care facilities.
Creating or expanding facilities directly reduces the number of child care slots in need.
A survey completed in 2018 shows that child care providers in Becker County feel unsupported in many ways. The goal of this initiative is to support child care providers in tangible ways to address some of the concerns that were expressed including access to funding, business training, and accessbile annual training for licensure.
This initiative is supported through collaboration and the primary focus is supporting all licensed child care providers in Becker County.
Provide a child care business cohort to support training needs of child care providers, improve business skills and networking amongst child care providers.