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Mental health referral services

Adult mental health response team

A statewide mental health response team helps deaf, deafblind, and hard of hearing adults aged 18 and above acquire accessible mental health services within their communities. This team is composed of professional staff fluent in American Sign Language and experienced in providing the following mental health services to people with hearing loss:

  • Assessment and stabilization
  • Crisis intervention
  • Counseling services and treatment
  • Community placement assistance
  • Care coordination
  • Individual and family consultation
  • Aftercare planning

Contact the mental health program at 800-657-3663 voice or 651-964-1514 videophone for referral or services. 

Download the brochure Bridging Barriers to Mental Health.

Children's mental health services

Mental health services are available for children and adolescents who are deaf living in the St. Cloud, Twin Cities and Rochester areas and are coping with emotional behavioral disorders and/or mental illness. Most services take place within the school setting but home-based and outpatient services are also available. For more information, contact Volunteers of America-Minnesota at 763-252-4509.

Culturally affirmative mental health services are also accessible to deaf, deafblind, and hard of hearing children and their families living in Northeast and Northwest Minnesota. For more information, contact Therapeutic Services Agency at 218-343-6196.

Specialized and culturally affirmative psychological assessment and follow-up services also are available to benefit deaf, deafblind, and hard of hearing children and their families in Greater Minnesota. For more information, contact Metro ECSU: GM Launch PAD.

Mental health services for adults and families

Community-based support services for people who are deaf, deafblind or hard of hearing and have a mental illness include the following:

The Deaf Mental Health Services program includes a drop-in center and community outreach program. For more information contact People Incorporated, 612-872-2011.

The Deaf Certified Peer Support Specialist (DCPSS) Program provides peer support services to deaf, deafblind, and hard of hearing adults statewide. For more information, contact the DCPSS Program at 651-964-1512.

Regions Hospital's Health and Wellness Program provides outpatient therapy, one-to-one and family counseling, consultation, and community education services. For more information, call 651-254-2742.

Other mental health resources

Minnesota Substance Use Disorder Treatment Program specializes in providing substance use disorder treatment to people who are deaf and hard of hearing. 

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