Advisory Council

Sue Abderholden
Executive Director, National Alliance on Mental Illness-Minnesota (NAMI-MN)

Erwin Concepcion
Mental Health and Substance Abuse Treatment Services (MHSATS) Clinical Services Director, Minnesota Department of Human Service – MN DHS

Troy Davidson
Officer in Charge (OIC) MN National Guard Resilience, Risk Reduction, and Suicide Prevention (R3SP) and Substance Abuse Prevention (SAP) program, Army National Guard

Cynthia Fashaw
Director of Multicultural Outreach and Children’s Program, National Alliance on Mental Illness-Minnesota (NAMI-MN)

Melanie Heu
Clinical Director, Pangea Care, Heuristics Counseling Services, LLC

Lorna Hunt-Ellison
Senior Social Worker/Senior Chemical Health Counselor – Clinical Review Team of Hennepin County, Hennepin County, Human Services & Public Health Department, Chemical Health Division

Joe Merighi
Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies, School of Social Work, College of Education and Human Development, University of Minnesota

Bob Rohret
Administrative Manager, Hennepin County Health and Human Services

Jinny Palen
Executive Director, Minnesota Association of Community Mental Health Programs (MACMHP)

Lynn Price
Behavioral Health Community Liaison, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota

May 10 | 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

An Overview of the NAVIGATE Model: A Comprehensive Treatment Approach for Persons with First Episode Psychosis

In this webinar, we will talk about the importance of providing high-quality, intensive treatment early on in the development of schizophrenia-spectrum disorders from individual, family, and societal standpoints. Research supporting NAVIGATE as an effective treatment will be presented, as well as in-depth descriptions of the various manualized interventions in NAVIGATE, as well as who is an appropriate referral to the three local teams providing NAVIGATE in the metro area. This webinar is pre-approved for one CEU by the Minnesota Board of Psychology and the Minnesota Board of Social Work. Learn More

June 14 | 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

E-cigarettes: Variations in nicotine delivery and toxicity profiles

Electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) are devices designed to deliver inhalable nicotine without burning tobacco. These devices have been continuously evolving and increasing in popularity since their first introduction to the market, and many different types are currently available.  E-cigarettes vary dramatically in design, voltage settings, battery power, the airflow rate, and other characteristics. In addition, liquids designed for the use with e-cigarettes are highly diverse, with hundreds of brands and thousands of flavors, each available in a variety of nicotine concentrations. The impact of these factors on nicotine intake and toxicant exposures in users will be discussed. Learn More