The Minnesota System of Care website will provide people with an easier way to learn about this innovative initiative and share information with system of care partners.
Minnesota soon will have a second and third Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facility (PRTF) for children with complex mental health conditions. The Hills Youth and Family Services is building a new facility in East Bethel with capacity of 60 beds that plans to open in February 2020. North Homes Children and Family Services has signed a contract with DHS to open a 52-bed PRTF in Grand Rapids by fall of 2020.
In July 2018, Northwood Children’s Services in Duluth became the state’s first PRTF. Now serving 48 children, it is at capacity, with 65 children on a waiting list.
More PRTFs are planned. The Hills Youth and Family Services announced in June 2018 that it is building a new 60-bed facility in East Bethel that is on track to begin accepting clients in December of this year.
Eleven children's residential mental health treatment programs, formerly not classified as Institutions for Mental Disease (IMD) have been reclassified as IMDs. This means the State will no longer receive federal Medicaid matching funds on residential mental health treatment for children placed in these facilities who are on Medical Assistance.
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Programs newly reclassified as IMDs (PDF)
Minnesota System of Care is a new way of helping children and youth with complex mental health needs and their families by connecting and coordinating the work of many partners across the state. All focus on services that reflect these core values: culturally responsive, family driven and youth guided.
The Behavioral Health Division submits a combined mental health and substance abuse application for the Mental Health and Substance Abuse Block Grants every two years. The Fiscal Year 2018 – 2019 Combined Behavioral Health Assessment and Plan application was submitted on September 1, 2017. It describes the public mental health and substance use disorder systems in Minnesota; identifies needs, priorities, goals and indicators; and proposes uses of block grant funds.
In accordance with grant requirements, states must submit an annual report on the previous year’s utilization of the grant funds, progress toward the goal targets, and data required for the federal Universal Reporting System Basic and Developmental Tables. Public input is sought in developing and updating the application on an ongoing basis.
For public comments on the Mental Health Block Grant, please provide input in writing via our P.O. Box or e-mail:
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has a web-based application/reporting system called the Web Block Grant Application System (WebBGAS) for this grant program.
To view Minnesota’s Fiscal Year 2018- 2019 Combined Behavioral Health Assessment and Plan application and 2018 MHBG Behavioral Health Report, Minnesota citizens can log in at the SAMHSA Block Grants website.
Note: The exact Username and Password must be used. We suggest copying and pasting from above.
To read or print the entire application or report:
For other legislative reports, check the Legislative Reference Library.
The Minnesota Behavioral Health Planning Council (BHPC) is an integrated mental health and substance use disorder council that advises DHS regarding Minnesota’s combined Mental Health and Substance Abuse Federal Block Grant.
The Subcommittee on Children’s Mental Health makes recommendations to the State Advisory Council on Mental Health on policies, law, regulations and services relating to children's mental health.
The Governor's Task Force on Mental Health was established to provide the governor and legislature with comprehensive recommendations to improve Minnesota’s mental health system.