Behavioral health home services provide a team approach that assists people with navigating and coordinating across primary care, mental health, substance use disorder treatment, long-term services and supports, and social services. See the list of current behavioral health home services providers.
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.
Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics (CCBHC) are community clinics that offer mental health and substance use disorder services as well as a range of other services. They provide outreach, increase access, improve services, and serve as a “one-stop-shop” within a defined service area. For more information, see the CCBHC fact sheet (PDF).
The Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health Services program in Willmar provides inpatient psychiatric hospital services. It offers a safe setting for youth who need crisis stabilization, comprehensive assessment and intensive treatment of specialized mental health problems.
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.
CTSS offers therapy and skills training to children and youth ages 0-21 who have psychological, emotional and intellectual challenges. CTSS that may include:
See the list of current CTSS providers (XLS).
Community Mental Health Centers provide a wide range of mental health services, including prevention, identification and treatment of mental illness, developmental disabilities, and alcohol and drug abuse and dependency. Some provide day treatment and in-home services.
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 day treatment 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.
First episode psychosis programs serve people 15 to 40 with early signs of psychosis. The word psychosis is used to describe conditions that affect the mind when there has been some loss of contact with reality. Psychosis can include hallucinations, paranoia or delusions, and disordered thoughts and speech, and can affect people from all walks of life. Psychosis can be treated, and early treatment increases the chance of a successful recovery. In Minnesota, there are currently two Twin Cities pilot sites
Integrated dual disorders treatment professionals 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 clinical mental health services for children up to 21 living in a family foster care 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. 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.
Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facilities provide inpatient treatment, such as therapeutic services and discharge planning to children and youth under age 21 with complex mental health conditions in a residential facility rather than a hospital.
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 Grants connect mental health services with schools so that more children can get the help they need earlier and easier. Find out more about School-linked mental health services.
The Minnesota System of Care initiative is a new way of helping children and youth with complex mental health needs and their families by connecting and coordinating the work of:
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 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.
Youth ACT is an intensive nonresidential rehabilitative mental health service for youth ages 16 through 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.
Education, prevention and support services provide information about mental health needs, treatment resources and emotional support to help children and families increase their understanding and improve their skills in dealing with mental illness.
Sometimes it’s hard to know what is normal development for a child and when behavior becomes something to be concerned about. Fortunately, there are ways to learning what could be happening and how to help. For more information about diagnostic assessments and screenings.