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

Brochures and posters


  • 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

    Frequently asked questions (MHCP)

    Manuals and resource directories

    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 FY2014-15 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.

    Reports – legislative

    For other legislative reports, check the Legislative Reference Library.

  • 2014 Report to the 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.
  • Chemical and Mental Health Services Administration: Report on the Utilization of the Community Behavioral Health Hospitals (PDF)
    The report reviews the role that the seven Community Behavioral Health Hospitals operated by DHS currently play in Minnesota’s mental health service system and summarizes recommendations of regional mental health planning groups regarding the hospitals. The report proposes four simultaneous strategies for increasing the availability of in-patient psychiatric beds for people with serious mental illness and aggressive or violent behaviors and addressing other high-priority needs.
  • Chemical and Mental Health Services Transformation Advisory Task Force; Recommendations on the Continuum of Services (PDF)
    The report includes task force members’ votes on 120 recommendations that emerged from seven workgroups organized around the issues of Levels of Care, Neurocognitive Services, Access of Care, Housing with Services, Getting There with Dignity (Transportation), Dental Services and Children’s Mental Health Intensive Services. Recommendations to the 2011 Legislature include maintaining existing mental health infrastructure investments as well as funding and payment rates for existing mental health services.
  • 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.
  • Infant, Child and Adolescent Mental Health Work Group Summary Report (PDF)
    The MCH Advisory Task Force convened a work group to add further definition to a "public health approach" to children’s mental health. The report attempts to convey the complexity of the issue and to lay the foundation for more work that needs to be done by public health, mental health providers, social services, education and multiple other community partners at both the state and local level to address this issue.
  • Mental Health Acute Care Needs Report: A Report to the Chairs of the Senate and House Health and Human Services Committees (PDF)
    The 2008 Legislature directed DHS to convene a workgroup of stakeholders from the child, adolescent and adult mental health systems and staff of the health economics program, Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) to develop recommendations to reduce the number of unnecessary patient days in acute care facilities. The workgroup was also charged with developing recommendations on how to best meet the acute care mental health needs of children, adolescents and adults. An examination of current and future workforce issues and recommendations to address any shortages was also a required part of the report.
  • Mental Health Service Delivery and Finance Reform: Case Management Roles and Functions of Counties and Health Plans Report to the Legislature (PDF)
    This report fulfills Minnesota Statutes 245.4682 requirement that DHS bring recommendations for legislation to the legislature and the State Advisory Council on Mental Health to update the role of counties and to clarify the case management roles, functions, and decision-making authority of health plans and counties, and to clarify county retention of the responsibility for the delivery of social services.
  • Report on Care Coordination for Children with High-Cost Mental Health Conditions (PDF)
    The 2011 Minnesota Legislature required DHS to develop a plan to provide care coordination to children enrolled in Minnesota Health Care Programs whose mental health and medical expenses totaled $100,000 or more over the past year. Children, whose mental health needs may be considered severe, chronic or complex, often require high-cost mental health and medical services. These children often depend upon services from many different child- and family-serving systems and this results in care that is often expensive and challenging to coordinate. The report also outlines new opportunities for enhanced coordination and system integration that have recently emerged or been identified. These include health homes, the Money Follows the Person demonstration project and the expansion of Special Needs Basic Care to include children and adolescents.
  • The Role of the Collaboratives in the Children’s Mental Health System: Report to the 2003 Minnesota Legislature (PDF)
  • Task Force on Collaborative Services Report: A Report to the Minnesota Legislature (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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