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vVedi,esday May 23  2012 FARMERS INDEPENDENT, Bailey, Minneso.ta - Page 13 Crisis services help Senator Franken applauds de. c! Minnesotans manage mental keep Bemtd00t marl health crises at home processing center open By Lucinda Jesson Commissioner, Minn. Dept. of Human Services Crisis services in one Minnesota county recently played a key role in keeping together a mother and her P-year-old son, who county authorities had earlier separated. Both the mother, "Mary," and son, "John," have mental health disorders. In John it showed up as verbal and physical aggressiveness, while Mary's mental illness affected her ability to maintain stability in the home. Responding to an incident in which John was threatening and aggressive, the crisis team responder stabilized the immediate situation and developed a crisis plan with the family. Crisis stall" then arranged for therapy services and returned to the family home to provide short-term stabilization therapy for the boy until long-term therapy services could be established. During this period. John became increasingly able to state his feelings of anger toward his mother about having been placed outside his home. He also learned to identify and use outlets for his anger, such as taking a ride on his bicycle when he was upset. John was able to avoid swearing and aggressiveness. With greater self-control, he transitioned successfully to a therapist while remaining at home and at school. May is Mental Health Month, and the story of John and Mary is just one of the stories of hope and recovery for children and adults with mental health disorders. It is also an opportunity to celebrate advances in our system of care for Minnesota children and adults with mental illness. One of the areas in which we have made great strides is in the development of the kind of 24/7 crisis services that helped John and Mary. Law enforcement and hospital emergency rooms do not need to be the first places to turn when people or their family and friends are in despair. In Minnesota we have other options. We have built a system of mental health crisis response services that are available to any Minnesotan in need. Staff trained in crisis response provide 24-hour call services for most Minnesota counties and tribal reservations. Crisis responders assess the crisis, assist the person immediately in coping and stabilizing the situation, and then follow up to assure that the person receives the support they need. The goal is to make sure everyone who can is able to stay in their home. At times, however, a person needs services in a different setting. In this case, the crisis team member assists in arranging for the appropriate care. Overall, Minnesota's mobile crisis teams have been successful in keeping people out of hospitals and in their homes. Eighty percent of children accessed by crisis services remain at home. Ten percent are hospitalized and 10 percent receive out-of-home services. About 22 percent of adults receiving crisis services are hospitalized, while about one- third of adult crisis episodes are handled at a client's home. The rest receive services in a community setting. Crisis services are available in most Minnesota counties and to tribes, and at the Department of Human Services we are working to create access everywhere in Minnesota. Mobile crisis services not only allow more people experiencing mental health episodes to be stabilized at home or close to home, they also prevent some of the tragic incidents we read about involving youth and adults experiencing major anxiety or depression. If you, a friend or family member need these services, a list of crisis lines is provided on the DHS website at www.dhs. state, ran. uscrisis-lines. Together we can have more success stories like John and Mary, and fewer mental health crises playing out in law enforcement and emergency rooms. Bicycle riding up, fatalities down in Minnesota Gov. Dayton proclaims May as Bike Month Washington, D.C. (May, 17)-- U.S. Sen.Al Franken(D- Minn.) lauded Postmaster General Patrick R. Donahoe's decision to remove Bemidji's mail processing center from the list of proposed postal closures. Sen. Franken spent the last several months working on the Senate's postal reform bill to prevent the closure of the processing center. 'Tve been fighting to save Bemidji's processing center since I heard it was on the chopping block last winter," said Sen. Franken."I'm relieved to announce that it will remain open for the foreseeable future and that the people employed there won't lose their jobs. I'mthankfulthatthe Postmaster General decided to listen to the concerns of folks in northern Minnesota and keep this center open. It's still vitally important that we pass meaningful postal reform legislation to preserve postal facility jobs, restore financial stability, and make sure reliable postal service remains available to all Minnesotans." Last week, following the Senate's passage of postal reform legislation, the Postmaster General announced that he would abandon a cost-cutting plan to close thousands of post offices across the country in favor of a plan that would give rural communities much greater say in what should happen to their local post offices, ensuring that communities have the option to keep them open at reduced hours. In late April, Sen. Franken voted to pass the postal reform billthat he had been working to improve for several months. The final bill included his amendment that would give the Postal Regulatory Commission the power to overturn scheduled post office and processing center closures when communities or individuals make a compelling case to keep the facility open. Sen. Franken has been working to prevent the closure of rural post offices in Minnesota since he learned that 117 post offices across the state were scheduled to be closed. In December, he joined a small group of his colleagues to successfully urge the Postmaster General to hold off on future closings until Congress could pass a postal reform plan. After a meeting with Sen. Franken and his colleagues, the Postmaster General agreed to place a moratorium on closings until May 15. Sen. Franken and his colleagues worked diligently with the committee responsible for postal reform to protect local post offices and maintain mail delivery standards. Bicyclists are back on the road, and together, motorists and bicyclists must share the road, according to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety and Minnesota Department of Transportation. Preliminary 2011 statistics from DPS report four bicyclist fatalities in Minnesota--the lowest since 2007. From. 2008-2010, 32 bicyclists were killed and 2,836 bicyclists were injured. Most bicycle crashes occur during afternoon rush hours, and people under age 25 represent more than half of all bicyclists injured annually. Officials expect a continued surge in people riding of bicycles in 2012 and urge caution for those who may be new to bicycle commuting. "'We're striving to create a culture where one traffic fatality is one too many," said Sue Groth, MnDOT state traffic engineer. "Motorists need to be ready as more bicyclists join traffic, and bicyclists need to help drivers by heeding traffic and wearing bright, reflective gear and helmets." Groth added that bike commuters need to take the time to plan safe routes, use paths when possible, and follow the rules of the road, including obeying traffic signals. Thp.timaryxeason crash occurfor both bicyclists and motorists is failure to yield right of way. For bicyclists, another leading crash factor is disregard for a traffic control device. For drivers, it's inattention. "Cyclists have a right to be on the road. We need to be visible and predictable, which includes signaling turns and stopping at stop signs just like motor vehicle operators," said Anna Kerr, Statewide Non-Motorized Advisory Committee chairperson. "It all comes down to all roadway users being respectful to each other." The law is clear. Bicyclists and motorists share responsibility. Eight "rules of the road" to improve bicycle safety are: Bicyclists may ride on all Minnesota roads, except where restricted -- such as interstates. Bicyclists should ride on the road, and must ride in the same direction as traffic. Mtorizts :must at all. times maintain a three-foot clearance when passing a bicyclist. Bicyclists must obey all traffic control signs and signals, just as motorists. Motorists and bicyclists must yield the right of way to each other. Bicyclists must signal their turns and should ride in a predictable manner. Bicyclists must use a headlight and rear reflectors when it's dark. Bicyclists should always wear helmets and bright reflective gear. May Bike Month provides many opportunities to learn about safe bicycling practices. For a list of events, visit bikemonth.html. For information about MnDOT's "Share the Road" bicycle safety education program, bicycle crash statistics and bicycle events statewide, visit www. sharetheroadmn, org/index. html. Printable resource mterials are also available, on the website. Promoting bicyclist safety is a component of the state's core traffic safety initiative, Toward Zero Deaths. A primary vision of the TZD program is to create a safe driving culture in Minnesota in which motorists support a goal of zero road fatalities by practicing and promoting safe and smart driving behavior. TZD focuses on the application of four strategic areas to reduce crashes -- education, enforcement, engineering and emergency trauma response. Stroke continues to be a leading cause of death Stroke is the third leading cause of death in Minnesota, with 2,154 deaths in 2010, according to new data from the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH). During that year, more than 75,000 Minnesotans, or 1.9 percent of adults, reported having had a stroke in their lifetime. Previously available data from 2009 show that: Minnesotans were correctly identify all five May as Stroke Awareness hospitalized more than 11,000 major signs and symptoms of Month in Minnesota. times for stroke or transient stroke. Dr. Ed Ehlinger, Minnesota ischemic attack (TIA). A stroke is a "brain attack" Commissioner of Health, The total inpatient that occurs when blood urged Minnesotans to charges for stroke-related flow to tissues in the brain learn the warning signs hospitalizations were is interrupted. Strokes can and symptoms of stroke. more than $367 million, lead to permanent disability "When it comes to strokes, or more than $31,000 per and death. To help raise we say that time lost is hospitalization, awareness about stroke brain lost," Ehlinger said. Only 55 percent of in Minnesota, Gov. Mark "That's why it is critical Minnesota adults could Dayton has proclaimed for Minnesotans to know the signs and symptoms of stroke and to call 9-1-1 at the first sign of symptoms." The signs and symptoms of stroke are: Sudden confusion or trouble speaking. Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg, especially on one side. Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes. Sudden trouble walking, dizziness or loss of balance. Sudden severe headache with no known cause. If you think that you or someone else is having a stroke, call 9-1-1 immediately. More information about stroke and its risk factors is available from MDH's Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Unit at www., us/cvh/. For more information on the signs and symptoms of stroke and access to resources for stroke survivors, please visit the Minnesota Stroke Association's website at http : // For more information abp m cardiovascular diseases /i, ! stroke, visit the Minnesota Affiliate of the American HeartAssociation's website at www. heart, org/HEAR TOR G/ AffiliateMinneapolis/ Minnesota/Home UCM Health professionals looking for more information on how to conduct stroke community education events can find resources at the Minnesota Stroke Partnership's website at www. 0 Please give us advance notice of any address changes, along with the effective date of your address change. Postal fees are 50 cents per newspaper returned. If you have moved without notifying us the fees will be deducted from your subscription. Farmers Independent raduation Money Card Standard Version 50*each or 10/$4 s Black & cream paper with gold ink 75' each or 10/'600 Farmers Independent (218) 694-6265