The Minnesota Department of Human Services provides services for more than one million Minnesotans in 87 counties and 11 tribes.
DHS works to ensure that mental health programs and services are available throughout Minnesota. With the exception of Direct Care and Treatment and some state staff working with special county initiatives, the state does not provide direct mental health services. DHS does provide state and federal funding for mental health treatment. In Minnesota, counties and tribes are responsible for providing publicly funded mental health services with federal, state and county funding. In many parts of the state, counties and tribes contract with providers to deliver mental health services.
This information is intended to help people understand the range of mental health services that may be available for different types and severities of illness.
Service is available on a 24-hour, seven-day-a-week basis for people having a psychiatric crisis, a mental health crisis, or emergency. A directory of mental health crisis phone numbers in Minnesota lists all crisis providers by county. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a toll-free number: 800-273-TALK (8255).
Short-term medical, nursing and psychosocial services are provided in an acute care hospital. The Minnesota Department of Health’s website has a database of Minnesota's licensed, registered or certified health care providers and hospitals, by county.
Adult rehabilitative mental health services (ARMHS) are designed to bring recovery-oriented interventions directly to people living in their own homes or elsewhere in the community. The goal is to help individuals acquire, practice and enhance skills that have been lost or diminished due to symptoms of mental illness.
ARMHS has five components:
Assertive community treatment (ACT) is an intensive, comprehensive, non-residential rehabilitative mental health service team model. Services are consistent with adult rehabilitative mental health services, except that ACT services are:
Certified peer specialist (CPS) services are rehabilitative services provided by a current or former consumer of mental health services. The specialists are trained and certified by DHS. CPS Services emphasize developing and enhancing skills that a person with mental illness needs to move forward in their recovery.
The services are self-directed, person-centered and characterized by a partnering approach between the CPS and the person served.
Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) is a treatment approach provided in an intensive outpatient treatment program that uses a combination of individualized rehabilitative and psychotherapeutic interventions. A DBT intensive outpatient program involves individual therapy, group skills training, telephone coaching and consultation team meetings.
Minnesota counties provide information on predictors and symptoms of mental disorders, where mental health services are available and how to access the services. Contact your local county agency or tribe (PDF) for more information about education and prevention services.
Intensive Residential Treatment Services (IRTS) are a time-limited service provided in a residential setting to people who need a more restrictive setting. This includes people at risk of significant functional deterioration if they do not receive the service. This service is designed to develop and enhance psychiatric stability, personal and emotional adjustment, self-sufficiency and skills to live in a more independent setting.
Targeted Case Management for Adults is a service that helps adults with serious and persistent mental illness get needed medical, social, educational, vocational and other necessary services related to the person’s mental health needs. Contact your local county agency or tribe (PDF) for more information about case management services.
Services provided on an outpatient basis can include: individual, group and family therapy; individual treatment planning; diagnostic assessments; medication management; and psychological testing. DHS licenses Rule 29 Mental Health Centers and Clinics.
Go to DHS Licensing Lookup. Under License Type, select Mental Health Center/Clinic.
Partial hospitalization is a time-limited, structured program of psychotherapy and other therapeutic services as defined by Medicare. Services may be provided in an outpatient hospital facility or Community Mental Health Center that meets Medicare requirements to provide partial hospitalization services. The goal of this program is to resolve or stabilize an acute episode of mental illness.
Partial hospitalization consists of multiple and intensive therapeutic services provided by a multidisciplinary staff to treat a person's mental illness. Examples of services include: individual, group and family psychotherapy services; individualized activity therapies; and patient training and education. People are admitted to a partial hospitalization program based on a physician referral.