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 must be certified by DHS.

  • Children’s Mental Health Crisis Response Services (Provider Manual)
  • Children’s Mental Health Crisis Response Services (Minnesota Statute 256B.0944)
  • Children’s Mental Health Crisis Contact Numbers
  • 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.cmhcrisis@state.mn.us or john.kowalczyk@state.mn.us or (651) 431-2335.

  • Children’s Mental Health Crisis Response Services Primary Certification Application – Part 1 (PDF)
  • Children’s Mental Health Crisis Response Services Primary Certification Instructions (PDF)
  • 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.cmhcrisis@state.mn.us or john.kowalczyk@state.mn.us or (651) 431-2335.

  • Children’s Mental Health Crisis Response Services Re-certification Application
  • Children’s Mental Health Crisis Response Services Re-certification Application Instructions
  • 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.

  • Children’s Mental Health Crisis Response Services Addendum
  • Related Links

  • Children’s Therapeutic Services and Supports (CTSS): Community Providers
  • Crisis Services
  • Metro Children’s Crisis Response Services
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