In the middle of a storm...
RCCMHC offers healing, belonging, and hope
"Before RCCMHC, I didn't know of any services. I didn't know any other parents who had children
I felt alone and lost.
With them, I know that I have someone to turn to for help, answers, and
resources when I need it."
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A Message from our Board Chair & Executive Director
The "storm clouds" were already building before the COVID-19 pandemic. Youth mental health issues have been trending higher and higher for years. But in 2020, the state of our kids' mental health became a full blown hurricane! As needs emerged in 2020, RCCMHC adapted quickly, broke down barriers, and leveraged resources. We found ways to lift each other up with compassion, gentleness and ingenuity. We brought together community members and our system partners to struggle, mourn, celebrate, and innovate together as a collaborative family. In spite of all the hardship, this year has been proof that COLLABORATION WORKS.
As Jacinta and I thought back over 2020, we could hardly believe how much was accomplished! RCCMHC only has two fulltime staff so we could not do what we do without every single volunteer, intern, system partner, community leader, young person, caregiver, and funder. Thank you for your investment in collaboration. Your generosity and commitment made it possible for RCCMHC to reach thousands of Ramsey County families and family service providers.
But the hard work is not over. Our community is grieving too many losses. BIPOC families have been disparately impacted by illness, unemployment, community violence, and school disengagement while also coping with the open wounds of systemic racism. Youth and family service providers are burned out and struggling with compassion fatigue. Kids and caregivers are hurting from a year of isolation and stress. Across the country, experts are warning about a mental health crisis which is swiftly becoming unmanageable.
The months ahead are going to be challenging- but not impossible- because we will weather the storms together.
Chair, RCCMHC Governing Board
RCCMHC Executive Director
Vision, Mission & Goals
RCCMHC works across systems and with families to meet the complex needs of youth with mental health disorders. We want Ramsey County youth to have the strengths, skills, relationships, supports, and opportunities that they need to experience mental health and wellbeing. Our story started in 1989... visit our virtual timeline for a trip down memory lane.
GOAL 1: A Responsive Children's Mental Health Delivery System
GOAL 2: Health Equity
GOAL 3: Youth & Whole-Family Wellbeing
With community, we identified 6 strategies to help us meet these goals: 1) Partnerships, Policy & Collaboration, 2) Youth, Family & Community Engagement, 3) Capacity Building & Professional Training, 4) Cross-System Services & Supports, 5) CommunityDefined/Driven and Data-Informed Decision Making, and 6) Resource Sharing & Development.
"We can't solve problems by using the same kind of thinking that we used when we created them."
RCCMHC does things differently.
Who did we reach in 2020?
25,000+ youth/families, community members and family service providers
ALL youth and families were Ramsey County residents or attended a school in Ramsey County.
Most youth/families are BIPOC. Most are low income families/ qualify for free and reduced school meal programs.
64% of grantee agencies identified as culturally specific.
Note: thousands of people used our website for resources but they were not counted in the number served.
"I have had several difficult cases in case management that involve deep trauma and complex generational mental health struggles. Through case consultation, RCCMHC has helped me sort out what would be good support services for each individual in the family. Being a case manager can be overwhelming and RCCMHC has helped me to be able to ground myself and refocus on the needs of the family.
They have a calming and caring presence that you won't find anywhere else! They also have the "best of the best" in resources and make referrals easier and more streamlined. The connections with parents has been great because they allow my families a safe space to ask questions and learn about navigating the system and empowering them to be strong advocates for their children. "
In this virtual impact report, you will read about community outreach and mental health services that we sustained as well as many new or redesigned initiatives that were developed in 2020. Please click on each image below to view more accomplishments and see how they tie back to our strategic plan.