Case managers help children and youth with severe mental illness and their families get the help they need. Case managers assess a child's needs and help connect the child and family to appropriate community resources, such as mental, educational, health, vocational, recreational, social, and other necessary services. Contact your child's local county agency or tribe for more information about case management services.
Child & Teen Checkups provide periodic health checkups to children, age birth to 21, enrolled in Minnesota's Medicaid or MinnesotaCare program. These screenings ask questions about common issues in children's and teens' lives and can discover mental health concerns that then allow them to access services. Earlier identification means earlier intervention to treat depression or other conditions, preventing problems from becoming more severe and saving lives.
Children's mental health residential treatment is a 24/7 program with clinically supervised services provided in a community setting to prevent placement in more intensive, expensive or restrictive settings. Care and treatment are designed to help the child improve family living and social interaction skills and/or gain skills to return to the community. To search for children's residential mental health treatment facilities, go to DHS Licensing Lookup.
Children's day treatment is a site-based mental health program, consisting of group psychotherapy and skills training services, intended to stabilize the child's mental health status and develop and improve independent living and socialization skills. See the list of current CTSS day treatment (DT) providers (XLS).
Early Childhood Mental Health Grants provide mental health services to young children, ages birth to five, with a focus on uninsured and underinsured families. DHS awards grants to many communities to create comprehensive mental health systems and services to meet the needs of young children and their families. See a map of early childhood mental health grants.
Navigate is a new program for a person who has started to experience psychosis within the last six months. Through Navigate, a Coordinated Specialty Care Team promotes shared decision-making to create a personal treatment plan with the individual served. Using this plan, specialists offer psychotherapy, medication management, family education and support, skills training, and work or education support.
In-home services or Children's Therapeutic Services and Supports (CTSS) address mental health conditions that can negatively affect a child's ability to function independently. They may include individual, family and group psychotherapy; individual, family or group skills training; crisis assistance; and mental health behavioral aide services. The goal is to help children and youth to learn, practice and restore skills lost or lessened due to symptoms of mental illness. See the list of current CTSS providers (XLS).
Integrated Dual Disorders Treatment counselors, clinicians or multidisciplinary teams provide treatment to support recovery when mental illness and substance use disorders, such as alcohol or drug abuse, occur together. They use specific listening and counseling skills to guide awareness of how mental and substance use disorders interact and to foster hopefulness and motivation for recovery from both disorders.
Intensive Treatment in Foster Care is a set of clinical mental health services to meet the needs of children ages 0 to 21 living in a family foster care setting and suffering from mental illness and functional impairments, who need intensive treatment services and coordination surrounding their out-of-home placement.
A Mental Health Behavioral Aide helps a child with an emotional disturbance practice skills, as taught by the professional or practitioner, in the child's home, school or community setting. See the list of current CTSS providers with MHBA services (XLS).
Minnesota Intensive Therapeutic Homes provide a unique alternative to institutional placement for children and adolescents with severe emotional disturbance and serious acting out behaviors. Services are provided within a family foster setting.
Services provided on an outpatient basis to children who live outside a hospital 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 providing outpatient mental health services. Go to DHS Licensing Lookup and under "License Type," select "Mental Health Center/Clinic."
Partial hospitalization is a time-limited program of psychotherapy and other therapeutic services that may be provided in an outpatient hospital facility or Community Mental Health Center. The child or youth continues to live at home but travels to a treatment center for services. The goal of this program is to resolve or stabilize an acute episode of mental illness.
Short-term medical, nursing and psychosocial services are provided in an acute care or psychiatric 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.
Respite care supports children with emotional or behavioral disturbance to stay with the child's family or long-term primary caretaker. This type of support can also be used on an emergency or crisis basis. Respite care services provide temporary care for children with serious mental health needs who live at home. Access to this type of program gives families and caregivers a much needed break while offering a safe environment for their children. Contact your local county agency or tribe for more information about respite care. See a map of respite care grants.
School-Linked Mental Health programs embed mental health services in schools so that more kids get the help they need.
Transition services refer to mental health services for youth ages 14 to 25 that promote movement from school to post-school activities, including postsecondary education, vocational training, employment, continuing and adult education, adult mental health and social services, other adult services, independent living, or community participation. They help prepare youth to live independently.
Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) addresses the needs of children and youth with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) or other significant behavioral problems related to traumatic life experiences. This evidence-based approach helps children and youth to process trauma and manage their distressing feelings and behaviors. See a map and lists of providers trained in TF-CBT.
Youth ACT is an intensive nonresidential rehabilitative mental health service for youth ages 16 to 20 with a serious mental illness or both a mental illness and substance abuse disorder. A team of multidisciplinary staff provide a variety of services, including coordinating education/employment, health and housing services. See the map of Youth ACT providers.