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Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is evidence based comprehensive treatment delivered via three modalities; individual therapy, group skills training, and telephone coaching by a team of DBT-trained providers. Team members meet 90 minutes per week as part of a DBT-specific consultation team. DBT treatment is based in cognitive, behavioral and dialectic principles and incorporates both clinical and rehabilitative interventions. The targeted treatment group is individuals for whom empirical evidence supports its effectiveness; individuals who are suicidal, engaging in self-harm behaviors, and/or diagnosed with a borderline personality disorder.

To promote a recovery-based system of care, Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOP) was added to the list of benefits covered by Minnesota Health Care Programs (MHCP) effective April 1, 2011.

What services are available?
Covered DBT Services

Who is eligible for this service?
MHCP Eligible Recipients

Programs must determine that a client meets the eligibility requirements for this intensive service by providing a thorough assessment, including a functional assessment and by conducting the necessary treatment readiness protocol described by the evidence-based practice. 

Become a provider – Applications/Certifications/Licensure

Online application DHS-6420 – to access the online application for new program certification, you must use your MN-ITS login ID and password. 

  • The applicant program must consist of team members who are trained in DBT treatment and may include persons from more than one agency as long as professional and clinical affiliations with the DBT team are delineated as employees, affiliates, or contractors of the DBT program. 
  • The process for certification of DBT programs in Minnesota involves completing the official certification application and submitting supporting documentation, including a program manual. Required Program Manual Table of Contents (PDF)
  • The application and program manual must contain evidence that the DBT program adheres to the definition of Dialectical Behavior Therapy Intensive Outpatient Program in accordance with Minnesota Rule 9505.0370 Subp. 12 and contain evidence that the Dialectical Behavior Therapy Intensive Outpatient Program continuously meets the requirements for recipient assessment, recipient eligibility determination process, program structure, treatment components, additional certification requirements, staff qualifications, and staff training as defined in Minnesota Rule 9505.0372 Subp. 10.
  • DHS will review applications and supporting documentation against the evidence-based standards of DBT as described in Minnesota Rule 9505. 0372 subpart 10
  • Notification of certification status will be sent no more than 60 days after a completed application and supporting documentation is received. 
  • Initial certification will be for one year from the date of certification approval if all requirements are met satisfactorily. 
  • A certified program will become authorized to use DBT-specific reimbursement codes and will be listed on the DHS website as a certified DBT provider. 


Re-certification Application DHS-6421 – to start a new online application for renewing program certification, the program must use a MN-ITS login ID and password. 

  • Re-certification may involve an onsite visit to review DBT IOP practice. 
  • Successful recertification will extend a program’s certification for one, two, or three years. 

Current Certified DBT IOP Providers

DBT Certified Providers List

For certified programs

It is required that whenever a new team member joins, or an existing team member leaves, the Program Staff and Qualification Update form DHS-6422 (PDF) be submitted to DHS. To access the online form, you must use your MN-ITS login ID and password. 


MHCP Codes & Rates

Reporting requirements

Mental Health Information System (MHIS) Materials - Reporting through the Mental Health Information System (MHIS) is required of all Crisis Response providers. The MHIS reporting instructions and materials are located on the Adult Mental Health Technical Assistance page. For DBT reporting questions contact the Reporting Help Desk at (651) 431-2239, press 4 for DBT or email and include “DBT” in the subject line.

More information

DBT Policy Lead, 651-431-2225 or 

Additional resources

MHCP Manual 

Minnesota Rule 9505.0372 Subp.10

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