Children’s mental health
Children’s Therapeutic Services and Supports (CTSS): community providers

Children’s Therapeutic Services and Supports (CTSS) is a rehabilitative mental health package covered by Minnesota Health Care Plans (MHCP). CTSS establishes policies and practices for certification and coverage of mental health services for children who require varying therapeutic and rehabilitative levels of intervention.

Children’s Therapeutic Services and Supports (CTSS) service components may only be provided by an agency (county, tribe or provider) that has been certified using the provider certification process developed by DHS.

The spectrum of services available under CTSS allows providers to address the conditions of emotional disturbance that impair and interfere with children’s abilities to function. These rehabilitative services offer a broad range of medical and remedial services and skills to restore a child’s functional abilities as much as possible.

  • Children’s Therapeutic Services and Supports (CTSS) (Provider Manual)
  • Children’s Therapeutic Services and Supports (Minnesota Statute 256B.0943)
  • Current CTSS Community Providers (XLS)
  • Current CTSS Community Providers (PDF)
  • Initial certification

    Providers must register for and attend a CTSS Applicant Provider Information Session before submitting a CTSS application.

  • CTSS Applicant Provider Quarterly Training Sessions: Information and Registration
  • Core Clinical Training


  • Providers seeking initial certification for CTSS must use the following documents. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact John Kowalczyk at dhs.ctss@state.mn.us or john.kowalczyk@state.mn.us or (651) 431-2335.

  • Children’s Therapeutic Services and Supports Overview for Community Providers DHS-3622 (PDF)
  • Children’s Therapeutic Services and Supports Primary Certification Application DHS-3610 (PDF)
  • Children’s Therapeutic Services and Supports Application Guideline DHS-3623 (PDF)
  • Re-certification

    Providers seeking CTSS re-certification must use the following documents. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Dwight Heil at dhs.ctssrecert@state.mn.us or (651) 431-4957

  • Children’s Therapeutic Services and Supports Re-certification Review Process DHS-4978 (PDF)
  • Children’s Therapeutic Services and Supports Re-certification Application DHS-4976 (PDF)
  • Children’s Therapeutic Services and Supports Re-certification Application Instructions DHS-4979 (PDF)

  • Notification of change

    Providers are required to notify DHS of certain changes affecting their ability to meet CTSS standards

  • Children’s Mental Health Children’s Therapeutic Services and Supports Notification of Change DHS-4988A (PDF)

  • Addendum

    Providers must submit an addendum if they want to add practice sites or services, such as Mental Health Behavioral Aide (MHBA), day treatment, or therapeutic preschool, not included in their most recent CTSS application for certification

  • Children’s Mental Health Children’s Therapeutic Services and Supports Addendum DHS-4988 (PDF)
  • Mental Health Behavioral Aide (MHBA) – Parent Teaming Training

  • Related Links

  • Bulletin 15-53-01: Legislative Changes to Children’s Therapeutic Services and Supports (PDF)
  • Children’s Mental Health Crisis Response Services (CRS)
  • Children’s Therapeutic Services and Supports (CTSS): School Providers

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