Clay County Collaborative


Adverse Childhood Experiences Conference

October 4, 2013


September is National Recovery Month

Bill W. Documentary

Wednesday, September 18th, 7pm Fargo Theater

Sponsored by Prairie St. John's

Story Land is coming to the Moorhead Library!

Grand Opening is Saturday, October 5th at 10am

"Get To Know Me" form - a resource for parents of children with special needs and the community organizations that sponsor children's activities and programs

Children's Mental Health Resource Guide

for Cass County, ND & Clay County, MN


Resources for Community Organizations

Fatherhood resources

Communities Activities for Children with Special Needs




Resources for returning soldiers, their families and friends

It's Hard to Come Home

Operation Military Kids newsletter

Beyond the Yellow Ribbon

Fargo Vet Center

North Dakota Vet Centers

Clay County Collaborative
715 11th St. N
Moorhead, MN 56560

Carolyn Strnad

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  • 2 - 1 - 1:  Information and referral on a wide variety of community resources in the Upper Midwest
  • The Arc of Minnesota
  • Center for Early Education and Development (University of Minnesota):  sponsors several projects related to infant and early childhood mental health including certification in infant and early childhood mental health.
  • Center for Excellence in Children's Mental Health (University of Minnesota):  interdisciplinary institute which sponsors the "Lessons from the Field" ITV training series and other resources about children's mental health
  • Family Voices for families of individuals with disabilities:  Minnesota North Dakota
  • Gillette Children's Hospital
  • Minnesota Association for Children's Mental Health (MACMH);  Networker newsletter
  • Minnesota Children with Special Health Needs (MCSHN)
    • "Who Pays? Taking the Maze Out of Funding" training manual
  • Minnesota Department of Education (MDE)
  • Minnesota Department of Health:  Information and referral for families of children with special health needs
  • Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS)
  • Minnesota Disability Law Center (MDLC)
  • Information relating to services and resources available in Minnesota, including assistance with taxes, fuel assistance, housing assistance, food pantries, telephone assistance
  • Minnesota Fathers & Families Network (MFFN)
  • Minnesota Governor's Council on Developmental Disabilities (MNCDD)
  • Minnesota Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (MOFAS)
  • Minnesota Parents Know:  Resources on child (birth - age 18) development, health, and parenting 
  • Minnesota State Interagency Committee (MnSIC)
  • Minnesota Work Incentives Connection (MWIC):  Information on work incentives for people on Social Security Disability
  • National Alliance for the Mentally Ill - Minnesota (NAMI-Minnesota):
  • NAMI factsheets
  • PACER (Parent Advocacy Coalition for Educational Rights) "Champions for Children with Disabilities":  training, advocacy, publications, policymaking for families
    • PACER newsletters
    • PACER "Kids Against Bullying":  a nationally-recognized resource on bullying prevention for parents and professionals
    • Special Education Advisory Committees (SEAC):  an online guide for Minnesota local special education advisory councils
  • Partners in Policymaking:  Online leadership training courses for adults with disabilities and parents of young children with developmental disabilities
  • Project C3:  "Connecting Youth to Communities and Careers" -- Minnesota's newest web site designed for youth in transition
  • Search Institute, Minneapolis (40 Developmental Assets)
  • Shriners Hospital for Children, Minneapolis


  • Adverse Childhood Experience (ACE) Study:  an on-going national study which analyzes the relationship between multiple categories of childhood trauma (ACEs), and health and behavioral outcomes later in life
  • American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)
  • Family Center on Technology and Disability:  free, family-friendly information resources on assistive technology (AT)
  • Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health
  • Find Youth Info:  Resources for community organizations that work with youth
  • Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) from Center for Disease Control
  • National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
  • Social Security Administration:  Application forms, how to apply, responsibilities of a payee, etc.
  • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA, US Department of Health & Human Services)
  • SAMHSA's Partners for Recovery:  "A collaboration of communities and organizations mobilized to help individuals and families achieve and maintain recovery and lead fulfilling lives"



Activities in the Fargo-Moorhead area

Brochure (developed by Parent Involvement & School-Age Disabilities work groups, March 2009)

HOPE, Inc.:  "Inspiring independence for children with disabilities"

  • Baseball:  FM Challenger Baseball, Mondays starting June 8.  Contact Karen Swanson 218.233.1634

  • Horseback therapy:  Riding on Angel's Wings, Moorhead.   Horseback therapy for kids with disabilities.  Contact Bette Shipley 218.287.8137

  • Horseback therapy:  SunDance Riding Therapy, Dilworth.  Horseback therapy for kids with disabilities.  Call 218.233.4675

  • Soccer:  TOPS Soccer, Moorhead.  Soccer for kids with physical and/or mental disabilities.  Contact Kim Anderson at Moorhead Youth Soccer 218.233.6139

  • Swimming:  Dragon Swim School, MSUM.  Swimming lessons for kids with disabilities.  Call 218.477.2313

  • Tae Kwon Do:  ATA Blackbelt Academy, Fargo.  Tae Kwon Do class for kids with autism.  Contact Chad Schwanke 701.237.6800

Resources on working with children with special needs for community organizations


Bipolar disorder


Chemical health-related resources

  • List of resources accessible to Clay County residents

Child Development/Parenting resources

Fatherhood / MFFN Fatherhood Leadership Circle

Fetal Alcohol Syndrome

  • Arc Northland FASD programs

  • Minnesota Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (MOFAS)

Health-care providers

  • List of providers in Clay County and Cass County (ND)

  • List of Child and Teen Checkup providers

  • List of providers of Children's Mental Health services in Clay and Cass

  • Quick-reference table of Children's Mental Health service providers

Healthy People, Healthy Community

  • Cass Clay Healthy People Initiative: A local coalition whose vision is to make residents in our counties "the nation's most healthy people by 2020"

  • Collaborative on Health and Environment:  An international coalition working to advance knowledge and effective action to address growing concerns about the links between human health and environmental factors

  • Environmental Working Group (EWG):  Body Burden report on pollutants found in newborns

  • Healthy Legacy:  A coalition of Minnesota organizations that promote the production and use of everyday products without toxic chemicals through consumer education, business leadership and protective policies

  • Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy:  see fact sheets on food, food dyes, etc.

  • Obesity prevention resources from Minnesota Medical Association

IIIP (Individual Interagency Intervention Plan)

Mental health

Prescription drug assistance

Support groups

  • Autism Support Group:  Meets first Friday of every month at Triumph Lutheran Brethren Church, 2901 20th St. S., Moorhead.  Contact Rachel Stotts (218.287.1184) or Karen Swanson (218.233.1634)

  • Up with Down's Support Group for Down Syndrome and other disabilities.  Contact Diane or Wayne Brendemuhl (218.236.5501)


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