November 26, 2018
The Minnesota Center for Chemical and Mental Health (MNCAMH) has received a one-half-million-dollar contract with the Behavioral Health and Recovery Services Department of Kern County, California. This is the largest external contract in MNCAMH’s six-year history.
Under the five-year contract, the University of Minnesota center will assess, train, and evaluate practitioners who serve individuals who have motivational deficits like depression, schizophrenia, autism spectrum disorders, substance use disorders, trauma, and anxiety.
MNCAMH, established in 2012 with a grant from the Minnesota Department of Human Services, Division of Behavioral Health (DHS), is a Center of Excellence founded to research, train, evaluate, and consult with Minnesota practitioners who work with individuals with behavioral health issues. It is housed in the School of Social Work in the College of Education and Human Development.
MNCAMH’s partnership with DHS has expanded within the agency, which continues to support MNCAMH’s work across Minnesota. In addition, word of the center’s success in research and training has spread to organizations across the United States and Canada.
“This is by far our largest external contract as well as the longest-term commitment,” said MNCAMH director Piper Meyer-Kalos. “It reflects the creativity and commitment of our director of training, Julie Rohovit, and the MNCAMH trainers who work under her leadership.”
The work of Meyer-Kalos on a treatment program that improves the quality of life for young people experiencing their first episode of psychosis is national in its reach. She and Rohovit have taken their individual areas of expertise and built MNCAMH into a center renowned for research and evidence-based training to help people with mental illness and substance use disorders, particularly when they are co-occurring.
In addition to trainings in Person-Centered Planning and Illness Management and Recovery (IMR), the Center’s Enhanced Illness Management and Recovery (E-IMR) training is the result of a collaboration with national experts to develop a curriculum that combines two evidence-based practices to aid in the recovery of individuals with co-occurring serious mental illness and substance use disorders.
“We are very proud to have MNCAMH as a Center within the School of Social Work,” said John Bricout, director of the School of Social Work. “They started with us as a startup with one grant, now growing rapidly and responding to increased demand from the field and marketplace. We are so excited about this new work, and will continue to support them as they grow.”