Children’s mental health
Publications and reports

In this section, you will find publications and reports related to children’s mental health.

Fact sheets
Brochures and posters



Frequently asked questions (MHCP)

Manuals and resource directories

Reports - federal

Reports – legislative

Reports – other

Fact sheets

  • Children’s mental health: Transforming services and supports to better meet children’s needs (PDF)
  • Brochures and posters

  • Breaking the Cycle of Child Traumatic Stress (PDF)
  • Children’s Mental Health Division: Everyday is children’s mental health day! (PDF)
  • Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day Poster (8.5 X 11) (PDF)
  • Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day Poster (11 X 17) (PDF)
  • May is Mental Health Month: Recovery and Resilience (PDF)
  • Things to Know When Getting A Mental Health Behavioral Aide (PDF)
  • Understanding Child Traumatic Stress (PDF)
  • Bulletins

  • Bulletins – Minnesota Department of Human Services
  • DHS issues with policy and program information for counties tribes, service providers, and other partners. See bulletins listed under “Mental Health Program (53)”
  • Forms

  • Child/Adolescent Diagnostic Assessment (Part I: Parent/Caregiver) (PDF)
  • Child/Adolescent Diagnostic Assessment (Part II: Provider) (PDF)
  • Youth ACT Treatment Plan (PDF)
  • Frequently asked questions (MHCP)

  • Clinical Care Consultation
  • Family Psychoeducation
  • Manuals and resource directories

  • Children’s Mental Health Outcome Measures Reporting System User Manual (PDF)
  • Directory of Children’s Mental Health & Family Services Collaboratives (PDF)
  • Manuals - Minnesota Department of Human Services
  • Minnesota Health Care Programs (MHCP) Provider Manual - Mental Health
  • Reports - federal

    Federal Mental Health Block Grant Report

    The Chemical and Mental Health Services Administration submitted a combined application for the Mental Health and Substance Abuse Block Grants. The FY2016-17 Substance Abuse Block Grant/Mental Health Block Grant (SABG/MHBG) describes the public mental and chemical health systems in Minnesota; identifies needs, priorities, goals and indicators; and proposes uses of block grant funds.

    In accordance with grant requirements, states must submit an annual report on the previous year’s utilization of the grant funds, progress toward the goal targets, and data required for the federal Universal Reporting System Basic and Developmental Tables.

    Public input is sought in developing and updating the application on an ongoing basis. Please provide input in writing to Jana Nicolaison in the Mental Health Division, Minnesota Department of Human Services, P.O. Box 64981, St. Paul, Minnesota 55164-0981; or e-mail to

    The SAMHSA/Center for Mental Health Services has a web-based application/reporting system called the Web Block Grant Application System (BGAS) for this grant program.

    To view Minnesota’s 2016/17 Combined Behavioral Health Assessment and Plan application and 2016 MHBG Behavioral Health Report, Minnesota citizens can log in at Where it says “Please login below” enter:

    Username: citizenmn

    Password: citizen

    Note: The exact Username and Password must be used. We suggest copying and pasting from above.

    Then click on “View an Existing Application”; click on the Application, Report, or Behavioral Assessment and Plan that you want to view.

    You will be able to review Minnesota’s current and past applications and reports. To read or print the entire application or report, click the “Print” button to the right of your selection. (This generates a PDF printout of the entire application or report. It also can create a copy in the “Print Queue“ as well.) Another option is to click on the link for a specific selection under “Application Name” and open each section separately.

  • Achieving the Promise: Transforming Mental Health Care in America (President’s New Freedom Commission on Mental Health)
  • The Mental and Emotional Well-Being of Children: A Portrait of States and the Nation 2007
  • Mental Health: A Report of the Surgeon General
  • Mental Health: Culture, Race, and Ethnicity (PDF)
  • Mental Health Surveillance Among Children, United States, 2005-2011 (CDC) (PDF)
  • Preventing Mental, Emotional, and Behavioral Disorders Among Young People: Progress and Possibilities
  • Reports – legislative

    For other legislative reports, check the Legislative Reference Library.

  • 2016 Report to Governor and Legislature by the State Advisory Council on Mental Health and Subcommittee on Children’s Mental Health (PDF)
    Minnesota Statute 245.697 and Federal Public Law 102-321 establish and require the council to report biannually to the governor and legislature.
  • Children’s Mental Health Hospital Discharge/Transition to the Community Action Plan (PDF)
    In 2013, the Children’s Mental Health Division sponsored a workgroup focusing on coming up with solutions to ensure successful hospital discharges for children transitioning from inpatient levels of care to community or residential treatment children’s mental health services. The Hospital Discharge/Transition to the Community Workgroup approved the final list of recommended strategies for a community action plan to enhance the transitions of children and youth to the next level of care in their communities.
  • Gaps Analysis Study
    This study is one of four studies that inform the biennial legislative report on the status of long-term services and supports for older adults, people with disabilities and adults and children living with mental health conditions.
  • Governor’s Mental Health Task Force: Final Report (November 2016) (PDF)
    The Governor’s Task Force on Mental Health delivered recommendations to Governor Dayton for creating a statewide mental health system that meets the needs of all Minnesotans. The report includes nine recommendations for transforming Minnesota’s mental health system to a comprehensive continuum of care, including health promotion and prevention, early intervention services, basic clinical services, residential and inpatient treatment, community supports and crisis response services. The task force recommended improvements to the governance of mental health services to achieve that continuum.
  • The Role of the Collaboratives in the Children’s Mental Health System: Report to the 2003 Minnesota Legislature (January 2003) (PDF)
  • Reports - other

  • American Indian Symposium on Mental Health & Chemical Dependency Briefing Book (PDF)
  • Blueprint for a Children’s Mental Health System of Care (PDF)
  • Guidelines for Culturally Competent Organizations (PDF)
  • Mental Health Problems and Treatment Receipt among Youth in Minnesota: Data from 2010 Minnesota Student Survey (PDF)
  • Minnesota Student Survey
  • MMHAG Evidence-Based Model Benefit Set: Treatments and Necessary Supports for Mental and Co-Existing Chemical Health Disorders (PDF)
  • Reimbursing Children’s Residential Mental Health Services in Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin (PDF)
  • Reshaping Mental Health Services for American Indians in Minnesota (American Indian Mental Health Advisory Council) (PDF)
  • Road Map for Mental Health System Reform in Minnesota (Minnesota Mental Health Action Group – MMHAG) (PDF)
  • Rule 79 Case Management for Children – 2004 Caseload Survey Results: Trends from 1992-2004 (PDF)
  • Rural Health Advisory Committee’s Report on Mental Health and Primary Care (PDF)
  • Rural Health Advisory Committee’s Report on Tele-mental Health in Rural Minnesota (PDF)

  • The terminology used to describe people with developmental disabilities has changed over time. While DHS supports the use of “people first” language within its documents, certain outdated and offensive terms may be found within documents on the DHS website. DHS does not endorse these terms.

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