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.
DHS is seeking proposals from counties and qualified tribal governments to provide respite care services to children receiving Rule 79 children’s mental health case management services. Applications are due Monday, November 30, 2016. See the RFP for more information.
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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