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New Website for People Experiencing the Symptoms of Psychosis

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People experiencing the symptoms of psychosis and their families need greater outreach efforts and access to information that helps them find the help they need. A new website WeCanNavigate.com, seeks to help fill that gap.

WeCanNavigate.com is for those who experience psychosis, family or friends, and clinicians alike. WeCanNavigate.com helps people learn more about the symptoms of and treatment for psychosis, and is an effort to help close a gap in the care system by helping connect people as early as possible to treatment and information.

The WeCanNavigate website serves three main purposes:

  1. Inform the public on the signs and symptoms of psychosis
  2. Provide friends, family members, and healthcare professionals with tools for helping someone experiencing psychosis
  3. Describe the NAVIGATE program, an evidence-based treatment program for persons with first episode psychosis, in detail.

This website came out of a collaboration between the Minnesota Center for Chemical and Mental Health (MNCAMH), the Minnesota Department of Human Services, and the University of Minnesota Psychiatry Department.

The website can be found at www.wecannavigate.com.


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Job Opening: Social Worker: Adult Services Unit

Lac qui Parle County Family Service Center

Social Worker:  Adult Services Unit

Hours:  Full- time, 35 hours/week

Salary:  $21.90/hour plus full benefits

Location:  930 First Avenue, Madison, MN

Job Duties:  This position will serve as the adult protective services worker, who will complete investigations as reports are screened in through the MN Adult Abuse Reporting Center.  Once the case is opened, the worker will offer services to the vulnerable adult and provide case management as needed.  This position will also serve as a case manager/care coordinator for disabled persons living in the community.  Duties include conducting MNChoices assessments, service planning/development, service arrangement and case management.

Apply on-line at: http://agency.governmentjobs.com/mnmeritsystem/default.cfm

Closing date for application:  June 18, 2018

Contact for information:  Joel Churness, Director; Phone #320-598-7594

Mailing address:  P.O. Box 7, 930 First Avenue, Madison, MN  56256 

Lac qui Parle County is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

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New Medicare Cards for Minnesotans to start mailing after June 2018

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Medicare is removing Social Security numbers from Medicare cards to prevent fraud, fight identity theft, and keep taxpayer dollars safe. If you are a Minnesotan who has Medicare, Medicare will mail your new card to you sometime after June 2018 and before April 30, 2019. The new card has a Medicare number that is unique to you instead of your Social Security number. This will protect your identity and keep your information safe. Your Medicare coverage and benefits will stay the same.

To learn more, watch this short video on the new Medicare card and see the information below.

Do I have to do anything to get my new card?

No, you do not need to take any action to get your new card. Medicare will send you your new card. Just make sure your mailing address is up to date.

Understand that mailing everyone a new card takes time. Your card may arrive at a different time than your friend’s or neighbor’s does.

Medicare will never ask you to give personal or private information or charge you a fee to get your new Medicare number and card.

What if Medicare does not have my correct address?

If your address needs to be corrected, contact Social Security at socialsecurity.gov/myaccount. Or call 800-772-1213.

What should I do with my old card?

Once you get your new card, destroy your old card and start using your new card right away. Protect yourself by making sure no one can get your personal information from your old Medicare card.

What if I am in a Medicare Advantage Plan?

If you are in a Medicare Advantage Plan—like a health maintenance organization (HMO) or preferred provider organization (PPO)—your Medicare Advantage Plan ID card is your main card for Medicare. You should still keep and use it whenever you need care. However, you also may be asked to show your new Medicare card, so you should carry this card too.

Where can I get more information?

For more information, visit go.medicare.gov/newcard. Or see this new Medicare card flyer (PDF) and “10 Things to Know About Your New Medicare Card" handout (PDF).

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Lac qui Parle Behavioral Health Community Perception Survey

The National Rural Health Resource Center has developed a quick 6 question survey on survey monkey to get an assessment on knowledge of local resources in the community and level of stigma regarding behavioral health.

Please complete this brief assessment to help identify strengths and opportunities to improve the mental health of our community. The survey should take less than 5 minutes to complete, and the information will be used to guide planning, activities, and coordination of resources.

We would like to have the surveys completed by May 31, 2018. Thank you!

Survey link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Behavioral

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Job Opening: Social Worker-CPS: Child Protection/Child Foster Care Licensing

Job Opening for:  Lac qui Parle County Family Service Center

Position:  Social Worker-CPS:  Child Protection/Child Foster Care Licensing

Hours:  Full time, 35 hours/week, M-F

Salary:  $21.54/hour plus full benefits

Location:  930 First Avenue, Madison, MN

Job Duties:  Child protection;  Intake, assessment and case management for families and children who need intervention and services to ameliorate conditions of abuse & neglect and engage them in strength based, solution focused planning in an interactional helping model.  Also recruits and assists prospective child foster parents to become licensed by the MN Dept. of Human Services.

Apply on-line at: https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/mnmeritsystem/jobs/1191009/county-agency-social-worker-lac-qui-parle

Closing date for application:  May 22, 2018

Examination process:  Test score based on rating of your education and experience

Contact for information:  Joel Churness, Director; Phone #320-598-7594

Lac qui Parle County is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

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Job Opening: Office Support Specialist

Job Opening forLac qui Parle County Family Service Center

Position:  Office Support Specialist (OSS)

Hours:  Part-time, 21 hours/week

Salary:  $13.08/hour with salary increase upon satisfactory completion of 6 month probation.

Location:  930 First Avenue, Madison, MN

Job Duties:   Working with electronic document management, scanning documents for all departments, assisting clients in completion of forms, editing and correcting mileage claims, dictation, sorting records for case retention or destruction, serving as backup for receptionist and other clerical duties.

Apply on-line at: https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/mnmeritsystem/jobs/1816193/office-support-specialist-ol-lac-qui-parle-county

Closing date for application:  May 22, 2018

Examination process:  In order to be considered for the OSS position, you must take and pass an examination, which is offered online.  The examination consists of five sections measuring Numeric Filing, Proofreading, Reading Comprehension, Spelling, and Basic Math Skills.  After your Merit System application has been submitted, you will be sent a link to access the examination sections.  IMPORTANT INFORMATION:  You must complete the exam within 3 days of submitting your application, or if you wait until the closing date, you must complete the exam no later than midnight, May 25, 2018.   Several of the modules/examination sections are not compatible with Apple products at this time and must be completed in a Windows-based computer system, so you may need to use another Windows-compatible computer to complete the exam(s).  

Contact for information:  Joel Churness, Director; Phone #320-598-7594

Lac qui Parle County is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

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Crisis Text Line now offering services statewide

As of April 1, Crisis Text Line is offering Text-based suicide prevention services across Minnesota. People who text MN to 741741 will be connected with a counselor who will help defuse the crisis and connect the texter to local resources. Crisis Text Line is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

In Minnesota and across the nation, text suicide response services have been successful in helping people in need. Texting is the preferred way to communicate for many people — especially youth — and it is important to reach people where they are at when they are contemplating suicide or in crisis.

Crisis Text Line, a non-profit that has offered this service nationally since 2013, will be the state’s sole provider for this service. Crisis Text Line handles 50,000 messages per month and over 20 million messages since 2013 from across the U.S., connecting people to local resources in their community.

Crisis Counselors at Crisis Text Line are dedicated, trained and supervised volunteers from around the United States. Crisis Counselors undergo a rigorous application process before undergoing a six-week, 30-hour training program. Supervisors are mental health professionals with either master’s degrees or extensive experience in the field of suicide prevention.

Crisis Text Line is but one way for a person to get help. More information about how to connect to crisis services is available at the Minnesota Department of Human Services website.

In addition, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline provides 24/7, offers free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources. (1-800-273-8255).

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TEXT-TO-911: Call if you Can, Text if you Can’t

ABOUT TEXT-TO-911

• Text-to-911 is now available throughout Minnesota.The service was deployed in December 2017.

• Text-to-911 can be the first contact option for individuals who are deaf, deafblind, hard of hearing or those with speech impairments.

• Text-to-911 should only be used when a person can’t safely make a voice call.
Examples:
– When someone must stay quiet to remain safe.
– If peer pressure is strong.

• Text-to-911 is a discreet way to report domestic violence, home invasions, human trafficking, and suicidal individuals.

HOW TO TEXT 911
1. Enter the numbers 911 in the “To” field.
2. Text your exact location and type of emergency.
3. Send the message.
4. Promptly answer questions and follow instructions.

TIPS: Use simple words. Do not use abbreviations, emoji’s, pictures or slang (BRB, IDK, THX, 2day and BTW). Do not text and drive!

Texting 911 with a false report is a crime. If you accidentally send a text to 911, send another text, or call 911 to let the dispatcher know that there is no emergency.

DID YOU KNOW?
Emergency response may be lengthened due to the time it takes for a text to 911 to be typed and sent. Delivery speed is not guaranteed.

• Dispatchers prefer calls so they can get cues from background noise and voice inflections.
• If you text to 911, dispatchers will ask if they can call you.
• Location is not as accurate with text as it is with a call. Be sure to text your exact address.
• A text or data plan is required to use Text-to-911.
• Texts to 911 will get a bounce back message if you are roaming.
• Texts to 911 have a 160 character limit, can get out of order, or may not be received.
• There is no language translation service for texts to 911.

from MN Dept. of Public Safety, www.dps.mn.gov

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Free Workshop — Down on The Farm: Supporting Farmers in Stressful Times

Stress factors are on the rise for Minnesota farmers. Many face financial problems, price and marketing uncertainties, farm transfer issues, production challenges, and more. You may know farmers who are struggling with stress, anxiety, depression, burnout, feelings of indecision, or suicidal thoughts.

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture is partnering with a number of other organizations to offer a free, three hour workshop to help agricultural advisors (and others who work with farmers) recognize and respond when they suspect a farmer or farm family member might need help.

Workshops will be held in six locations in Greater Minnesota, starting January 30, 2018.downonthefarm

Printable brochure: Down on The Farm: Supporting Farmers in Stressful Times

Please register for a session online:  www.mdadownonthefarm.eventbrite.com

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Request for Bids – Office and Grounds Maintenance Services

The Lac qui Parle County Auditor, Jake Sieg, is requesting bids for office and grounds maintenance services at the Family Service Center in Madison. Call Facility Manager, Kenny Fernholz, at 320-598-3012, for more information.

BIDS FOR MAINTENANCE SERVICES

Notice is hereby given that sealed bids will be received by the County Auditor, Jake Sieg, at 600 6th St., Madison, MN  56256 until 4:30 p.m. on Monday, December 4th, 2017 for the contracting of building and grounds maintenance services at 930 First Avenue, Madison, MN. Bids will be publicly opened at the Board of County Commissioner’s Meeting at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, December 6th, 2017, and read aloud at that time.

One combined bid will be received for the care of approximately 4,000 sq. ft. of finished space, and 3,300 sq. ft. of unfinished basement.

Maintenance duties include:

  • vacuuming carpets
  • sweeping and washing of floors
  • vacuuming of basement
  • shoveling of sidewalks and steps to all building entrances
  • emptying, collecting, and recycling of waste materials
  • cleaning and sanitizing of bathrooms
  • replacement of supplies
  • general dusting
  • window washing
  • minor maintenance duties

Separate bid for grounds keeping is to be added to contract under Exhibit A. However, this contract does not include snow removal from parking lots.

Specifications for services to be performed, timetable, and building floor plan available from the Facility Manger, Kenny Fernholz. Bidders should review proposed contract in advance to address their ability to obtain insurance, workman’s compensation coverage (if needed), necessary maintenance equipment, and inventory of supplies.

A pre-bid meeting can be arranged with any interested party by calling Kenny Fernholz at 320-598-3012.

Each bid shall be accompanied by certified check, or cashier’s check in the amount of 5% of the bid submitted, made payable to Lac qui Parle County as a guarantee that the bidder will, if awarded the contract, enter into a contract in accordance with his/her proposal, and will be able to produce certificates of insurance.

The County Auditor reserves the right to reject any or all bids and to waive any formalities herein.

Bids shall be in a sealed envelope marked “Maintenance Services Bid” and date stamped by our receptionist.

BIDS REQUESTED BY:
Jake Sieg, County Auditor
Lac qui Parle County Courthouse
600 6th St., Madison, MN  56256