Children’s Mental Health Crisis Response Services (CRS)


Children’s mental health crisis response services are intensive face-to-face, short-term mental health services initiated during a crisis to stabilize and restore a child or youth to the prior level of functioning.

Agencies that intend to provide and submit claims to Minnesota Health Care Programs (MHCP) for children’s crisis response services (M.S. 256B.0944) must be certified by the Minnesota Department of Human Services.

Providers seeking initial certification for Children’s Mental Health Crisis Response Services must use the following documents

Initial certification

Providers seeking initial certification for Children’s Mental Health Crisis Response Services (CRS) must use the following documents. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact John Kowalczyk at dhs.cmhcrs@state.mn.us or john.kowalczyk@state.mn.us or (651) 431-2335.

Re-certification

Providers seeking CRS re-certification must use the following documents. The application should be submitted 120 days before expiration of existing CRS certification. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact John Kowalcsyk at dhs.cmhcrs@state.mn.us or john.kowalczyk@state.mn.us or (651) 431-2335.

Addendum

Certified Children’s Crisis Response (CRS) providers must submit an addendum form when they want to add sites or mental health professionals to their primary certification.


As a part of the Governor’s Mental Health Initiative, the Children’s Mental Health Division sought and distributed grant funding to expand the mental health crisis and stabilization infrastructure for children and youth.

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