Capacity Building and Professional Training 

RCCMHC supports capacity building and professional training in the following areas:


We emphasize the development of culturally-specific and culturally responsive providers. 

Our Approach

Our approach to capacity building is based on the Annapolis Framework.  We support, strengthen and broaden our workforce through a variety of training opportunities across the continuum of care. 



RCCMHC uses membership contributions to maintain a Professional Training & Scholarship Fund. Based on available resources, agencies and individuals may  submit funding requests throughout the year.  Applications will open January 2020

Examples of past awards include: 

  • Children's Mental Health: Does Culture Matter

  • International African Mental Health Summit

  • SPPS Professional Development Workshop: Sticking Together


RCCMHC staff coordinates trainings for local providers and community leaders through our Advisory Council and Cultural Outreach Committees. As-appropriate, staff also presents at conferences and facilitates trainings  for our member agencies.

Examples include:

  • ACEs, trauma and toxic stress

  • Legislative Updates

  • Family Engagement Strategies

  • Building Life Skills, Connectedness, and Resilience in Youth

  • Suicice Prevention Through a Cultural Lens

  • Faith, Culture, and Youth Mental Health


RCCMHC created and produced Children's Mental Health: The Whole Story - a 1 hr. 49 min. documentary-style training film.  The film and 124-page discusison guide are available for free on our website. The video has been downloaded more than 500 times to be used as a workforce training by by school districts, universities, police departments, social services, crisis teams, judges, child protection, guardians ad litem etc. It has been incorporated into college curriculum and has been shared at several conferences.

  • MEA Conference

  • MACMH Conference

  • MSSWA Conference

  • Midwest ACE Conference

  • Community Event Sponsored by Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority,  Delta Phi Omega Chapter


The Toni Carter Award for Excellence in Children’s Mental Health was established to publicly recognize those individuals or organizations who have demonstrated exemplary leadership and innovation to support children with mental health needs and their families in Ramsey County. The award is named after Ramsey County Commissioner, Toni Carter, who inspires us all to do better and be better. Exemplary leaders model the way, inspire a shared vision, challenge the process, enable others to act, and “encourage the heart” (Kouzes and Posner, The Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership model.) Exemplary leaders foster collaboration, build enduring relationships, and establish trust. They imagine possibility and empower others to do good work!

Past Award Recipients

  • Toni Carter

  • Thad Wilderson

  • Aerine Caerwyn

  • Connie Tanner