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Here you will find a number of different publications and reports related to children’s mental health. Most of the documents are posted in a portable document format (PDF). To download and read PDF documents, use Adobe Reader. More information on PDFs.

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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 towards 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 Ann Boerth at the Children’s Mental Health Division, Minnesota Department of Human Services, P.O. Box 64985, St. Paul, Minnesota 55164-0985; 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 2012/13 MHBG Behavioral Health Assessment and Plan application and 2014 MHBG Behavioral Health Report, Minnesota citizens can log in at  Where it says “Please login below” enter:

Username: citizenmn


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.

Community Mental Health Services Block Grant Monitoring Report

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 terms may be found within historical and official documents, such as statutes and reports.

The Community Mental Health Services Federal Block Grant monitoring visit of the Chemical and Mental Health Services Administration occurred from September 21 to 23, 2010. The monitoring team reviewed materials and spoke with leadership and staff of the Children’s Mental Health Division, Adult Mental Health Division, State Operated Services Division, Carver County Community Social Services, advocates, members of the Minnesota State Advisory Council on Mental Health, and other stakeholders.

Legislative Reports

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.

2013 County Children’s Mental Health Gaps Analysis Survey

Every two years, the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) gathers local information about the current capacity and gaps in services and housing needs to support older persons in Minnesota.  The County Gaps Analysis Survey collects responses from all the state’s counties on local capacity to meet the long-term care needs of current residents, including any significant gaps in services or supports.

In 2012, the legislature expanded the required biennial Long Term Services and Supports (LTSS) Report beyond older adults to include services for people with disabilities and/or mental illness of all ages. The survey added children and adults with mental illness and persons with disabilities to the analysis of long-term care needs of older Minnesota residents. The resulting report summarizes the responses regarding services for these four populations: Status of Long-Term Services and Supports (October 2013)

This full report, 2013 Gaps Analysis Survey: Children’s Mental Health Services, provides a statewide summary of the results and provides an overview of statewide trends in needs, capacity and development. Individual county profiles are also available at the following link: 2013 Gaps Analysis County Profile.

The results presented in this document are based on county self-reports of capacity, or availability of a service, in their service areas. Counties were asked to report on their capacity to meet mental health care needs of children with mental illness through several different service categories, including Outpatient Services, Rehabilitative Services, Mental Health Targeted Case Management, and Residential Treatment Services.

Chemical and Mental Health Services Administration: Report on the Utilization of the Community Behavioral Health Hospitals (PDF) (March 2012)

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:

  • • Implementing changes to streamline admissions to the CBHHs and the Anoka Metro Regional Treatment Center
  • • Easing pressure on the system by ensuring appropriate and timely discharges of patients who no longer need a hospital level of care
  • • Instituting operational improvements to increase utilization of the CBHHs and respond to other priorities identified by stakeholders
  • • Regional and statewide collaborations to fix gaps in Minnesota’s mental health service system. These collaborations would formulate a shared safety net concept, integrate mental health into Minnesota’s health care reform efforts, review and revise service arrays and quality standards, devise funding models to support the services, and establish the technological and logistical systems needed to administer and evaluate the system.

  • Chemical and Mental Health Services Transformation Advisory Task Force; Recommendations on the Continuum of Services (December 2010)

    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.

    Also called for is development of at least one pilot initiative in the Twin Cities metropolitan area that will provide services as an alternative to hospitalization at Anoka-Metro Regional Treatment Center, a state-operated mental health and chemical dependency treatment facility.

    Children’s Mental Health Hospital Discharge/Transition to the Community Action Plan (2014) (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 transition from inpatient levels of care to community or residential treatment children’s mental health services. More than 75 individuals from the metro area and Greater Minnesota, representing parents, consumers, advocacy organizations, county case management providers, hospitals, health plans, county based purchasing organizations, crisis service providers, community-based mental health providers, residential treatment providers, and state agencies), participated in this workgroup. 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.

    Infant, Child and Adolescent Mental Health Work Group Summary Report (January 2009)

    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 (March 2009) (PDF)

    The 2008 Legislature directed the Minnesota Department of Human Services (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 (February 2008) (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
    (March 2012) (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. According to the Report on Care Coordination for Children with High-Cost Mental Health Conditions (PDF) recently issued by the Chemical and Mental Health Services Administration, these children often depend upon services from many different child- and family-serving systems. The report found 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 (January 2003) (PDF)

    Task Force on Collaborative Services Report: A Report to the Minnesota Legislature (February 2006) (PDF)

    Other Children’s Mental Health Reports

  • American Indian Symposium on Mental Health & Chemical Dependency Briefing Book (PDF)
  • Blueprint for a Children’s Mental Health System of Care (July 2013) (PDF)
  • Guidelines for Culturally Competent Organizations (May 2004) (PDF)
  • Mental Health Problems and Treatment Receipt Among Youth in Minnesota: Data from 2010 Minnesota Student Survey (PDF) (July 2013)
  • Minnesota Student Survey
  • MMHAG Evidence-Based Model Benefit Set: Treatment and Necessary Supports for Mental and Chemical Health Disorders (November 2004) (PDF)
  • Reimbursing Children’s Residential Mental Health Services in Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin (February 2003) PDF)
  • Reshaping Mental Health Services for American Indians in Minnesota (American Indian Mental Health Advisory Council) (January 2013) (PDF)
  • Road Map for Mental Health System Reform in Minnesota (Minnesota Mental Health Action Group – MMHAG) (June 2005) (PDF)
  • Rule 79 Case Management for Children – 2004 Caseload Survey Results: Trends from 1992-2004 (April 2005) (PDF)
  • Rural Health Advisory Committee’s Report on Mental Health and Primary Care (January 2005) (PDF)
  • Rural Health Advisory Committee’s Report on Telemental Health in Rural Minnesota (July 2010) (PDF)
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