MAKING A DIFFERENCE

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A collaborative partnership between Family Innovations, Saint Paul Schools and the University of Minnesota Extension Office – Children, Youth & Family Consortium is making a difference for families, children and the community on Saint Paul’s Lower East Side.

Family Innovations is partnering with Saint Paul Public Schools to provide school based and home based mental health services to Bruce Vento Elementary, on Saint Paul’s Lower East Side.  The University of Minnesota Extension Office – Children, Youth & Family Consortium is also an active collaborative member and has developed a Calming Room and Community Garden.  All services are provided with a ‘trauma lens’ due to the level of community challenges this neighborhood based school faces.

Family Innovation’s school based model includes a trauma trained clinical supervisor and five full time staff who are available to work with students during the school day, and to provide intensive home based services to families.  The model is fully sustainable and is being replicated in other elementary buildings during the 2015-2016 school year.

The following video produced by the U of M Extension Office highlights the collaborative efforts at Bruce Vento Elementary.

Staff Updates

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New Staff: Family Innovations welcomes Anne Gorham, Fatuma Peterson, Judy Reinhardt, Sarah Schmitz, Taren Sundeen, Jessica Nadeau, Lilia Pachenko, Carol Schirber, Matt McCoy, Rachel Peterson, and Lisa Helgeson to the Community Based Services CTSS division, working with children and families. Also joining Family Innovations as Support Staff is Shanna Burgmeier and Elliott Johnson.

New Online Payment and e-Statement Options

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Family Innovations is now partnering with Apex Information Technologies to help make payments easier and more convenient for our clients. Now, in addition to mailing or calling in a payment, clients have the option to use the MySecureBill payment option to pay their balances at any time of the day. Clients may also elect to sign up for e-statements if they would prefer not to receive paper statements through the mail.

We are grateful to our clients for their trust in meeting their counseling needs and hope these options will make their experience at Family Innovations even better. If you have any questions about our new online payment system or e-statement option, please call our billing department at 612-746-7340. To learn more about the MySecureBill option or to make a payment online, click here to take you to the Pay My Bill page.

Staff Updates

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New Staff: Family Innovations welcomes Matt VanBenschotenJulie Bosacker,  Maylee Chang, Ryan Gay, and Tom Jordan to the Community Based Services CTSS division, working with children and families. Also joining Family Innovations are Carolyn Anderson and Caroline Haas, who will be working as a part of the Support Staff team.

Family Innovations Exhibiting at MN Association for Children’s Mental Health Conference in April

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Family Innovations will be at the Minnesota Association for Children’s Mental Health (MACMH) conference in Duluth on April 27-29, with an exhibitor booth at the Duluth Entertainment and Convention Center (DECC).  Please stop by–we’d love to meet you and tell you more about Family Innovations and the counseling options we offer to children, youth and families in the Twin Cities and Alexandria areas.

Connecting Faith Communities with Maltreated Children and Families

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Pete Singer from Family Innovations’ Centerville office is passionate about the role the faith community can play with children and families impacted by child maltreatment. He has worked with local faith communities and county child protection services to develop a variety of ways to bridge the gap that often exists between these two communities. Pete will be presenting at two upcoming conferences in 2014, including Chaplains for Children in Winona, Minnesota, in April and the Child-Friendly Faith Project’s conference in Austin, Texas, this coming December. To learn more about efforts to help the faith community reach out to children and families impacted by child maltreatment, visit www.careinactionmn.org.

New and Improved Website!

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We are excited to announce our brand-new and improved website, designed to be a more user-friendly way for people to learn more about our various counseling services and excellent staff. Included in the new site are a robust recommended resource library by topic, newly updated biographies and photos for our counseling staff, detailed information about what to expect in home based and office based counseling, a “Great Questions” FAQ page, and information on the various specialty services provided at Family Innovations. Coming soon: Online payments so our clients can pay their balances with just a few clicks!

We hope you enjoy our new website. If you see anything that isn’t working properly or have a request for content that would be helpful to include on the site in the future, please send us a note through our Ask a Question/Leave a Comment form. We value your feedback and help in making this site as useful and informative as it can be for those looking for information on quality counseling services in the Twin Cities, Alexandria, and western WI areas.

School Based Therapy

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Family Innovations is partnering with South Washington County Schools, District 833, providing site based therapy services to youth and families within the school campuses in this district. Two high schools, Park and Woodbury High Schools, along with Oltmann Middle School and Cottage Grove Middle School, currently have licensed therapists available to support youth in those buildings. The vision of District 833 and Family Innovations is to expand this support to additional campuses as District 833 and Family Innovations collaborate on this mental health service serving students and families in this district.

Staff Updates

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Shea Swope has been promoted to the role of Credentialing & Support Staff Coordinator, managing all front desk staff and working with credentialing departments with insurers.

Chris Falade recently earned his doctoral degree in Marriage and Family Therapy, and is now licensed as a Marriage and Family Therapist; he will be providing therapy services at the Family Innovations clinic in Maplewood.

New Staff: Family Innovations welcomes Kathleen Nakata and Sukay Polley. Both work in the Community Based Services CTSS division, working with children and families.

ARMHS Services Now Available at Family Innovations

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Family Innovations is pleased to announce that Adult Rehabilitative Mental Health Services, commonly referred to as ARMHS, is now available for adults with a diagnosable mental health disorder (eligibility requires the individual to have Medical Assistance). Family Innovations is certified through the Minnesota Department of Human Services and locally with Anoka, Dakota and Washington Counties to provide community based mental health services through ARHMS in those counties.  For more information, please see our ARMHS page located under Counseling Options.