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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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Dust Control

The Lac qui Parle County Highway Department will be applying dust control on county, township and community gravel roads in Lac qui Parle County as approved by the County Highway Engineer. Only liquid calcium chloride will be offered as dust coating treatment.
Residents living on county and township gravel roads or Local Units of Government with gravel roads, within Lac qui Parle County, who wish to have the dust coating, must make a request by April 27, 2018. No request will be accepted after this date.
Please call the Lac qui Parle County Highway Department at (320) 598-3878, or click on Dust Control Application Request at the bottom of this news release.  Email the form to sam.muntean@lqpco.com or mail/bring to Lac qui Parle County Highway Department, 422 5th Ave, Madison, MN  56256.
The cost of material and application will be $0.86 per running foot for those living on county roads, and $0.43 per running foot per pass for those living on township roads. This is based on 0.25 gallons of material per square yard. If you are a first time customer you may want to consider two passes for the first year or two. The gravel roads should be bladed prior to application; this must be arranged between the resident on township roads and the Township Board. Lac qui Parle County makes no guarantee of the performance of this product. The planned placement of the dust coating will be in mid-May to early-June of 2018.

Dust Control Application Request

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Severe Weather Awareness Week

MINNESOTA SEVERE WEATHER AWARENESS WEEK
APRIL 9 – 13, 2018
Statewide Tornado Drills are Thursday, April 12
From April 9 to 13, The Lac qui Parle County Emergency Management Department, MN Department of Public Safety, and the National Weather Service will be promoting general weather safety and emergency preparedness to citizens and media outlets through radio interviews, facebook posts, newspaper articles, and flyers. In addition, statewide tornado drills will be held Thursday, April 12 at 1:45 p.m. and 6:45 p.m.
This is the perfect time to engage with your employees, facilities managers and partners to talk about and review your family or businesses emergency plans and how you are prepared and ready for seasonal weather threats.

We would also like to take this opportunity to encourage everyone to sign up for the Lac qui Parle County Emergency Notification System (LENS) which will alert you through a phone call, text, or email in the event of an emergency. You can choose which alerts to sign up for and how to recieve those alerts. This is an important public safety tool Emergency Management and the Sheriff's Department can use to quickly reach citizens in the event of an emergency. 

SIGN UP HERE 


Each day of the week highlights an important seasonal weather safety topic.
• Monday: Alerts and Warnings
• Tuesday: Severe Weather, Lightning and Hail
• Wednesday: Floods
• Thursday: Tornadoes (with statewide tornado drills)
• Friday: Extreme Heat


PROMOTE EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS 
• Update everyone’s emergency contact information.
• Host a disaster preparedness class at your business
• Get a NOAA Weather Radio for every facility.
• Distribute an updated copy of the facility emergency plan.
• Provide business continuity training.
• Conduct office evacuation/shelter-in-place exercises and drills.
• Promote emergency preparedness messages.
• Review your company’s emergency plans.


More information about these emergency preparedness (including factsheets, checklists, data and other resources) is provided on the HSEM Weather Safety and National Weather Service, Chanhassen websites.

Blain Johnson, Lac qui Parle County Emergency Management Director

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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).