Culturally Specific Services
The Children’s Mental Health Division works to ensure that mental health services will respectfully consider and effectively meet the mental health needs of all children. The division is developing the mental health system’s capacity to respond to children and youth from all cultures.
Cultural services are those that reach, engage and deliver children’s mental health services to correspond to the concerns of children in the context of their communities.
Minnesota has many diverse cultures characterized by race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, rural/small town/urban community, refugee/immigration/citizen status, religion, primary language, family structure, and disability. Services tend to be more successful when mental health providers can connect the assessment and treatment process with a child and family’s cultural community. Culturally competent providers recognize the influence and significance of cultural differences when choosing the most appropriate ways to address mental health needs.
As part of the 2007 Governor’s Mental Health Initiative, the Children’s Mental Health Division coordinates grants to increase the number of practitioners from cultural and ethnic minority communities to become qualified mental health professionals and clinical supervisors. The purpose is to develop and enhance the capacity of mental health providers who serve children from cultural and ethnic populations and increase the availability of mental health services from these populations who are uninsured or underinsured.