Service is available on a 24-hour, seven-day-a-week basis for people having a psychiatric crisis, a mental health crisis, or emergency. A directory of mental health crisis phone numbers in Minnesota lists all crisis providers by county. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a toll-free number: 800-273-TALK (8255).
Hospitals can provide short-term mental health services to help stabilize people in crisis.
Adult Rehabilitative Mental Health Services (ARMHS) can provide individuals with:
Services are provided at the person’s place of residence.
Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) offers intensive services at home for individuals with a serious mental illness. Services are customized to fit each person’s unique set of needs, strengths and preferences. This may include any area affected by the mental illness, including symptom management, employment, housing, finances, education, medical and dental care, substance abuse, family and social life and activities of daily living.
Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics provide a new way of delivering community behavioral health services. Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics act as a “one-stop-shop” that offer mental health and substance use disorder services, as well as a range of other services, in order to coordinate care across settings and providers.
To access a Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic, contact a clinic listed below:
Certified peer specialists are individuals who have a lived experience of mental illness and are trained to be direct service mental health staff. Certified peer specialists are employed by a range of mental health services, offering support and hope to individuals with a lived experience of mental illness by sharing their story and helping them to discover their strengths.
All counties in Minnesota have crisis response teams. A mental health crisis responder assesses the crisis, assists the recipient in coping with the crisis and follows up with the person to assure that they receive longer-term support and services as needed.
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DHS provides grants to support culturally-specific, trauma-informed mental health and substance use disorder services within cultural and minority communities in Minnesota. Mental illness and substance use disorder affects some communities more than others due to social factors such as racism and historical trauma. One way to address these inequities is to offer services that acknowledge and support the needs of people in a culturally-specific, trauma-informed way.
Adult day treatment is an intensive psychotherapeutic treatment provided with the goal of reducing or relieving the effects of mental illness and providing training to help the person live in the community.
Adult day treatment is a short-term, community-based mental health program consisting of group psychotherapy, rehabilitative services and other therapeutic group services provided by a multidisciplinary team. Adult day treatment services are linked to goals and objectives identified in an individual’s treatment plan, which will lead to improvement in the person’s mental illness.
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) provides intensive outpatient treatment that may involve individual therapy, group skills training, telephone coaching and consultation team meetings. Research has shown that it is highly effective in treating a wide range of mental illness.
Minnesota counties provide information on predictors and symptoms of mental disorders, where mental health services are available and how to access the services. Contact your local county agency or tribe (PDF) for more information about education and prevention services.
Most people with serious mental illness want to work. While two of every three people with mental illness are interested in competitive employment, less than 15 percent are employed. Individual Placement and Support (IPS) can help. IPS is a program that supports people with serious mental illness find and keep a job.
Psychosis often begins when a person is in their late teens to mid-twenties but can also begin later into adulthood. Psychosis can be a symptom of a mental illness such as schizophrenia or caused by medications, alcohol or drug abuse. When a person experiences psychosis for the first time, it is important that they receive the right care as soon as possible. Psychosis can be treated, and early treatment increases the chance of a successful recovery.
Residential treatment services include Intensive Residential Treatment Services (IRTS) and Residential Crisis Stabilization services (RCS) LINK. These services provide a safe and supervised environment in a community based residential program setting.
How to Access Adult RCS and IRTS:
To find a program, visit MinnesotaHelp.info website.
Targeted Case Management is a service that helps adults with serious and persistent mental illness get medical, social, educational, vocational and other services related to the person's mental health needs.
Many hospitals and clinics offer outpatient services, which can include: individual, group and family therapy; individual treatment planning; diagnostic assessments; medication management; and psychological testing.
Partial hospitalization consists of a range of therapeutic services provided by a multidisciplinary staff. Services include individual, group and family psychotherapy, individualized activity therapies and patient training and education. Services may be provided in an outpatient hospital facility or a community mental health center.