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MN LGBT Therapists Network News
October 2014

25+ years of LGBT-friendly mental health networking
vol. VII, Issue 3

The Latest

LGBT Therapists Outing to see Psych 101 show

We're getting close to our event
We look forward to seeing you there Friday October 10!  
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EW:  RSVP for dinner requested (but not essential) with Irene

LGBT Therapists outing:  
Friday October 10 - Meet for 5:30pm dinner and/or 7pm show
Members responsible for their own reservations, ticket purchases and dinner
show run:  September 26 - October 11

Bryant Lake Bowl - Minneapolis
tickets $15; $12 in advance or with a Fringe button
advanced priced tickets on sale now
Remember how we cackled at Cabaret 88 - our 25th anniversary celebration - when Jim Robinson & Table Salt took to the stage?   Well now  together we can see their new show Psych 101:
Better than seeing a therapist, and cheaper too!  The writing on the wall is telling us that the future of education is online. But one professor refuses to accept it! Come join Jim Robinson as he makes one last-ditch attempt to stem the rising tide - in Psych 101!  You, the audience, are also the students, along with perennial Table Salt favorites Joshua Will, Michelle Cassioppi, Rachael Flanery and Dennis Curley. Sing along with the songs, laugh along with the sketches, and take an entire semester of Psych 101 in just 90 minutes (complete with midterm and final)!
LGBT Therapists  hopes to see you there October 10 (look for our flag), but if you can't make it, we hope you'll see the show another night.

Beyond the Boxes II
Be on the lookout for a survey soliciting your input for this likely return event.  

RECLAIM seeks to hire a full time Mental Health Therapist
RECLAIM increases access to mental health support so that Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) youth may reclaim their lives from oppression in all its forms.  We partner with queer and transgender young adults ages 13-25 who are marginalized because of their gender identity, gender expression and/or sexual orientation. We provide accessible therapy to youth and their families, cultural competence training to practitioners, and community partnership at the intersection of gender and racial justice. We currently serve about 40% youth 
of color and 75% transgender youth, the majority from the Twin Cities metro area.

job description and more info on our blog  

NAMI Minnesota Expanding MNsure Outreach

From LGBT Therapists member NAMI MN:

More than 330,000 Minnesotans have enrolled in quality, affordable health insurance through MNsure. The number of uninsured Minnesotans fell by over 40 percent this year. However, there are still many people who don’t understand the benefits or insurance options they would have if they signed up through MNsure. This includes a large number of people living with mental illnesses and substance use disorders. 

NAMI Minnesota has received a new MNsure grant to provide outreach and assistance to people living with mental illnesses and substance use disorders. NAMI Minnesota is partnering with its affiliates and several community mental health agencies across the state to ensure statewide outreach, and will be giving presentations in local communities. The partnering community mental health centers include Canvas Health, Central Minnesota Mental Health Center, Greater Minnesota Family Services, Lakeland Mental Health Center, Northern Pines Mental Health Center, Range Mental Health Center, Resource-Spectrum Mental Health, South Central Human Relations Center, Southwestern Mental Health Center, and Touchstone Mental Health. NAMI Minnesota is also partnering on this grant with its affiliates across the state, as well as Minnesota Association for Children’s Mental Health, Mental Health Association of Minnesota, and Dakota County. 

So why should people enroll in a health insurance plan through MNsure? MNsure offers multiple health plans from insurance companies all in one easy-to-shop location. Insurance through MNsure is very affordable, and tax credits and cost-sharing reductions are available for those who don’t qualify for public health insurance through Medical Assistance or MinnesotaCare. MNsure is the only place where an individual or family can obtain these tax credits to help pay for insurance premiums. An individual earning up to $45,000 per year or a family of four earning up to $94,000 will most likely qualify for a tax credit. 

There are also benefits to people with mental illnesses and substance use disorders. 

  • All plans under MNsure must cover mental health and substance use disorder treatment, and must follow mental health parity laws.
  • There are no exclusions or waiting periods for individuals with pre-existing health conditions.
  • Medical Assistance expanded. People can be eligible for Medical Assistance based on income, not just based on having a disability.
  • MinnesotaCare no longer has waiting periods or a $10,000 cap on inpatient hospital services.

People who are on Medicare or SSI are allowed to have supplemental insurance (Medical Assistance, or a private health insurance plan). Though they would not sign up through the MNsure website, they are still eligible for supplemental insurance through their counties.

Open Enrollment is from November 15th to February 15th. However, individuals may apply and be eligible for Medical Assistance and MinnesotaCare at any time throughout the year. NAMI Minnesota and its partner agencies have navigators who can help you or your loved one sign up through MNsure, or assist you with supplemental insurance if you are on Medicare or SSI. To sign up or if you have questions, please contact NAMI Minnesota’s MNsure Project Coordinator, Dara Larson, at dlarson@namimn.org.

Reminders:

NAMIWalks ~ 8th Annual
Saturday September 27th
www.namiwalks.org/minnesota

Quorum's 21st Annual National Coming Out Day Luncheon
October 10th, 2014 - 11am-1pm
more info & registration

Maybe Baby

Oct 20 for four weeks - 6-8pm - free!
registration    &     website

Transgender Cultural Competency Training for Psychotherapists
Friday, October 24th, 2014 - 8:30-4:30pm
Monthly Training/Consultation Meetings
2nd Friday of Every Month 1-3pm
Nov. 14th, 2014 through June 15th, 2015
flyer  -   application  -  website

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Our network is a Minnesota-based grassroots group of queer and allied mental health therapists, students in mental health-related fields, and community mental-health related agencies. Our group shares information and resources that impact our varied work in the mental health fields and that is unique to the particular needs of the LGBTQ communities we live in and serve. We welcome submissions to this eNewsletter that are pertinent to mental health and LGBTQ issues, All network members are welcome to contribute to this monthly eNewsletter. Just send your referral question, announcement, member accomplishment, space available information, event, conference, workshop, group information, or other pertinent notice to Irene Greene.  All responses to questions, ads, workshops, etc. should be emailed directly back to the contact person in the notice.  If you want to become a member of this organization please visit our website

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