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Adult Mental Health Initiatives (AMHI) are regional collaborations charged with overseeing adult mental health services and funding to counties and tribal governments in their area.
In Southeast Minnesota, we work collectively as a group known as CREST (Collaboration, Resources, Education, Services, Technology). CREST is a unique partnership of counties, providers, health systems, and individuals living with mental illness that collaborate hoping to positively impact our mental health delivery system.
The CREST Regional Management Team is comprised of supervisors, people with lived mental health experience, and providers from the MN Prairie County Alliance (Dodge, Steele, and Waseca counties), Olmsted, Mower, Fillmore, Wabasha, Houston, Winona and Goodhue counties. The group has open monthly meetings to identify challenges, priorities, and solutions with a regional lens. Part of this work includes management of the Adult Mental Health Initiative Grant awarded to the CREST region by the MN Department of Human Services.
Through these CREST partnerships we have developed programs and strategies to enhance our regional mental health delivery system. We continue to provide education to case managers, mental health practitioners, mental health professionals, individuals living with mental illness, and communities on behavioral health issues. We advocate to ensure quality services are available in all of our Southeast Minnesota communities.