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Residential adult mental health programs

Residential adult mental health programs provide mental health treatment and services to adults while they live at the program. There are three types of residential mental health programs that provide different levels of services under different sets of requirements. The sections below describe each program type, the level of service, and the specific requirements.

Intensive Residential Treatment Services/Residential Crisis Stabilization (IRTS/RCS) programs

Intensive residential treatment services (IRTS) programs provide rehabilitative and other mental health services to adults in a community-based setting. These services assist in a person’s recovery and help them achieve psychiatric stability, personal and emotional adjustment, self-sufficiency, and other skills to transition to a more independent setting.

Residential crisis stabilization (RCS) programs provide structure and support to adults in a community-based setting. These services are for people after they experience a mental health crisis and who need short-term services to ensure they can safely return home, or to another living environment, with additional services and supports according to a crisis assessment.

Programs with this type of license typically provide both IRTS and RCS services but programs may choose to only provide one of these services.

Residential mental health programs (Rule 36)

These programs provide services to people with mental illness in a residential setting according to the requirements of Minnesota Rules, sections 9520.0500 through 9520.0670 (Rule 36) as either a Category I or Category II program. Category I programs are residential settings that focus on providing services at the program while encouraging the use of community resources. Category II programs are transitional semi-independent or a supervised group supportive living settings that offer a combination of services at the program and  in the community and emphasize  community resources for most daily programming and employment.

Forensic mental health program

This program provides residential mental health treatment in a secure or supervised residential setting to adults who have been committed to the care of the Department of Human Services as mentally ill and dangerous. This program is operated by the Minnesota Department of Human Services.
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