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Partnerships, Policy, and Collaboration

MN Statute directs Children's Mental Health Collaboratives to bring together representatives of the local system of care and nongovernmental entities such as parents of children in the target population; parent and consumer organizations; community, civic, and religious organizations; private and nonprofit mental and physical health care providers; culturally specific organizations; local foundations; and businesses to develop an integrated service system.

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RCCMHC provides frequent opportunities for stakeholders to learn from each other, build relationships, and improve cross-system communication and service delivery. Together, we innovate solutions and co-create tools and resources to improve the continuum of care for youth and families in Ramsey County.

Our Approach


Our approach is grounded in 3 collaborative models: System of Care, Collective Impact, and Self Healing Communities. 

A system of care is a coordinated network of community-based services and supports designed to meet the challenges of children and youth with serious mental health needs and their families. These partnerships of families, youth, public organizations and private service providers work to more effectively deliver mental health services and supports that build on the strengths of individuals and fully address children’s and youths’ needs. These systems are also developed around the principles of being child-centered, family-driven, strength-based and culturally competent, engaging youth and involving interagency collaboration.

Collective Impact is a collaborative model for addressing complex issues. Collective Impact 3.0 takes this further as an evolving framework for community change that focuses on equity and community engagement/ownership

The Self Healing Communities model is built on the concept of empowering families and communities to recognize their own ability to make change and create spaces for healing, belonging, and hope.  

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Collaborative Infrastructure 

RCCMHC has a centralized infrastructure and designated staff to convene community and catalyze problem-solving around complex issues. 

  • The RCCMHC Governing Board represents public systems and community 

  • Staff work with the Board and community to coordinate their collective vision and stratgey, support aligned activities, build relationships, improve cross-system collaboration, establish shared measurement practices, engage community with a focus on equity, advance policy, mobilize and leverage resources, and provide technical assistance.

  • Our in-house team is mostly BIPOC, some of us are bilingual (Spanish & Hmong) and most of us have lived experience with mental health and/or trauma. 


Shared Leadership & Co-Design

Inequities can result when the people most likely to be impacted are excluded from decision making. Several times each month, RCCMHC convenes hundreds of families, system partners, service providers, and community leaders to share trainings, plan jointly, align resources, track outcomes, participate in community-based listening sessions, and make systems-level decisions.

  • Youth/caregivers sit on our Board and Chair our committees.

  • We have a strong history of collaboration with 100+ agencies- many are small organizations that offer culturally specific and/or culturally responsive services. 

  • We send "Family Ambassadors"  to sit on other advisory committees; 

  • We offer free leadership and training opportunities; Youth/caregivers are compensated for their time and expertise.


Cross-System Communication 

RCCMHC provides frequent opportunities for stakeholders to learn from each other, build relationships, and improve cross-system communication.

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Innovative Solutions

We know that complex needs require complex, multi-level solutions.  We also know that the best ideas come from community.

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