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The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) is the nationís largest grassroots mental health advocacy organization. The Minnesota chapter is 40 years old. (Chuck Taylor/Flickr)

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Social workers, teachers, parents and family members from across the state will come together this weekend in a daylong effort to understand and treat mental illness. The annual conference of Minnesota's National Alliance for Mental Illness is Saturday at the RiverCentre in St.

Advocates for Minnesota's aging population and health care groups are urging House lawmakers to pass a paid family medical leave bill that has already sailed through the Senate. (iStockphoto)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Just days after rallying at the State Capitol, caregivers continue their push to urge Minnesota lawmakers to approve paid family medical leave. The Democrat-controlled Senate has passed a bill to do just that, so caregivers say they're now focusing on House lawmakers as the

As Minnesota faces a community care staffing shortage, advocacy groups say a state pay raise could help attract more workers to the field. (iStockphoto)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – With a serious workforce shortage expected to worsen, home care providers are pushing state lawmakers to increase pay for tens of thousands of Minnesota caregivers. The home care providers say a 5 percent pay boost for caregivers, many of whom make just above minimum wage,

Some Minnesota health care advocates are trying to remove the social stigmas surrounding mental illness through educational events as part of May as National Mental Health Awareness Month. (iStockphoto)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Mental illness may be affecting more Minnesotans than you think, as health professionals say about 224,000 people receive mental health services in the state. May is Mental Health Awareness Month and it's being used as a time to remember that those who are seeking treatment

AARP Minnesota says hundreds of Minnesotans are backing a push for hospitals to provide more training for caregivers when a loved one is released from the hospital. (iStockphoto)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – A bill to provide family caregivers with extra training is earning some renewed support after it was left pending in the Minnesota House last year. According to AARP Minnesota, more than 500 people have signed letters urging House members to pass what's being called the CAR

A group of Minnesota religious leaders are supporting moves to lessen mandatory sentencing for low-level drug offenses. (iStockphoto)

ST. PAUL, Minn. - As Minnesota's prison population continues to grow, a group of religious leaders are speaking out in support of plans to lighten the state's drug sentencing laws. The Minnesota Sentencing Guidelines Commission is holding a public meeting this afternoon to weigh the pros and cons

This portrait of caregiver Jill Ballard of Cannon Falls and her husband Bob was given to Jill as part of National Family Caregivers Month. Courtesy: AARP Minnesota

ST. PAUL, Minn. – With November being National Family Caregivers Month, AARP Minnesota is recognizing one of the state's nearly 600,000 people who are caring for loved ones so they can live as independently as possible at home. Jill Ballard of Cannon Falls was chosen to be honored after she s

Child advocates are touring Minnesota to highlight issues of poverty and racial disparities. Credit: Gosia79/Morguefile.com

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Earlier this year, Minnesota was ranked the top state for the well-being of children, but a children's advocacy group is touring the state to show there's still work to be done. According to the Children's Defense Fund-Minnesota, the state's child poverty rate rose three percent

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