The Children’s Mental Health Division works together with many public and private partners to ensure programs and services are available throughout Minnesota. Partners include counties, providers and tribes delivering services so that children and youth with mental health needs can develop and function as fully as possible in all areas of their lives.
DHS guides numerous strategic initiatives to more successfully meet and treat the needs of children and youth struggling with or at risk for mental health issues. DHS sets policy and standards of care and invests resources toward transforming the children’s mental health system to: • Increase earlier identification and intervention • Improve access to the right services at the right time • Establish best practices and improve standards of care • Coordinate mental health care with school, medical and community environments
Mental health matters at every stage of life and requires an integrated continuum of services ranging from prevention to recovery. DHS is committed to creating consistent quality, access and accountability for these services. These efforts will result in better outcomes and reduce health care disparities among children.
Organizations across the state are planning and preparing for 2016 National Mental Health Awareness Day. The day highlights the importance of positive mental health and well-being from birth. This year’s theme is Finding Help, Finding Hope, for children, youth, and young adults with mental health needs and their families.
Save the date for Minnesota’s first School Mental Health Conference that will take place Wednesday, November 2nd through Friday, November 4th. For more information: School Mental Health Conference.
Minnesota’s consultation service for children is available to primary care providers, pediatricians, family practice physicians, psychiatrists and other practitioners Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. The statewide toll-free number is: 1-855-431-6468
Although children on Medical Assistance fee-for-service are the first priority for this service, the service will take provider calls relating to any type of children’s mental health issue that arises with any child in Minnesota.
For more information: www.mnpsychconsult.com
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