Minnesota Mental Health Community Foundation
The recently renamed “Minnesota Mental Health Community Foundation” has been in development since 2006. MPS members saw the need to support outreach activities with a permanent structure, so they worked with leadership and staff to form the Minnesota Psychiatric Information and Outreach Foundation in 2010. Since its inception, the foundation has strived to offer a community-wide infrastructure to support collaboration and innovation with projects that bring together disciplines, approaches and volunteers working together to impact mental health care in Minnesota. The original board included representation from psychiatry, nursing, social work and community volunteers. Today the foundation and its board offer leadership and support for the whole mental health community and we are actively working to expand the board to represent a cross-section of Minnesota’s mental health community.
The Mission of the Minnesota Mental Health Community Foundation is to support and promote access outreach and education about Mental Health treatment and systems of care.
Randy Neil, MD, Awarded Bob Baumer Scholarship
The Minnesota Psychiatric Society announces the recipient of the 2015 Bob Baumer Resident Scholarship, Dr. Randy Neil, a PGY1 resident from the Hennepin-Regions Psychiatry. Accepting the awad, Randy commented that it is “Truly a privilege and honor to be selected for this award”. Randy added, “Dr. Baumer dedicated his career to serving others and has been truly inspiring to those of us following in his footsteps. The impact Dr. Baumer had with the ACT teams (Assertive Community Treatment) still echoes within our program. As a leading Psychiatry program we look forward to carrying on Dr. Baumer’s tradition of excellence, compassion, and social responsibility to support mental health in the community.” Dr. Neil continued, “Speaking on behalf of our residents and the HCMC and Regions Behavioral Health teams, we are truly thankful for the principles, ideals, and conviction for helping others that Dr. Baumer shared with our program. As a program we are committed to implementing new ideas and services offered through this award to impact the citizens of Minnesota.”
The Bob Baumer Memorial Fund was started to offer residents who have demonstrated an interest in community psychiatry the opportunity to attend educational events that would help improve access to quality care, connecting services to patients, and coalescing treatment junctures to ensure smooth transition into the community.