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South Carolina Mental Health Services Guide

Many people don't realize that publicly-funded mental health services are available in their state. People looking for free or low-cost counseling often think their only options are counselors in private practice and don't know that publicly-funded providers in their communities may also offer counseling services. 

 

While state-based programs are not for everyone, they are often a great place to start for people who face geographic or financial barriers to therapy. Intake specialists at community mental health programs can help people learn whether they qualify for state-funded services and can refer people who don't qualify to other low-cost programs that may be able to meet their needs.

 


When Should You Go to a State Mental Health Program?

Few private mental health providers are able to immediately serve people in crisis, while most state mental health systems, including Minnesota's, have crisis response systems that help people get help quickly in a crisis. This usually makes public mental health services the best option if you're having a mental health crisis and need help right away. The people who answer state or county crisis lines offer can caring attention and support as they help you determine the best response to a crisis, whether it's inpatient treatment or an appointment with a counselor.

 

In most cases, community mental health programs serve as alternative outpatient providers for people who lack the means to access services in the private sector. However, Minnesota's community mental health centers (CMHCs) do not have restrictive clinical eligibility criteria and are available to anyone who needs treatment for a mental health condition. Availability of counseling and other services depends on each CMHC's funding and staff at any given time. 

 

If you're not able to get services at a nearby CMHC or if you can't find one that offers the type of counseling you need, you may have another option: a licensed Minnesota mental health clinic. All CMHCs in Minnesota are state-licensed clinics, but not all clinics are CMHCs. Non-CMHC clinics are typically smaller and have a narrower range of services, usually including counseling. Many state-licensed clinics take several types of insurance and offer sliding-scale fees. 

 

If you're not finding the care you need through the state system, you can also search for free or low-cost counselors on OpenCounseling or try affordable online counseling at BetterHelp.

 

Who Is Eligible for Public Mental Health Services in Minnesota?

Minnesota is converting many of its CMHCs into Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics (CCBHCs). The Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) states that "CCBHCs serve all ages and cannot deny services based on inability to pay nor place of residence. Anyone who presents to a clinic with a mental health and/or substance use disorder need is welcome."

 

People who are not eligible for state funding assistance through Medicaid will need to use private insurance or pay out of pocket for CMHC services. To be eligible for Medicaid as an adult in Minnesota, you need to have an income of 138 percent of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL) or less, though you can qualify with a slightly higher income level if you are pregnant, elderly, or disabled. 

 

Minnesota does not have any other state funding assistance programs for people who need mental health care but does offer counseling for reduced fees at many state-licensed clinics and CMHCs. To find out how fees at your local CMHC compare to fees for private providers, you can call your local CMHC and ask what they charge or whether they accept your insurance. 

 

Some state mental health services have more restrictive criteria. Each county in Minnesota offers case management, but only to people who have a serious and persistent mental illness (SPMI), or a mental health condition that impacts their level of functioning and puts them at risk of hospitalization. The only insurance plan that covers this service is Medicaid.

 

How Can You Find Out More About Local Programs in Minnesota?

The best way to find out about your local CMHC or state-licensed clinic in Minnesota is to call the program directly. You can also call the county department that administers case management or your county's crisis line to get more information about what mental health services are available in your community. If you explain that you are interested in a referral to a community mental health program, the counselor who answers can help you identify the right program to contact.

 

To find out which CMHCs and clinics serve your area, you can also use one of the directories or search tools on the DHS website:

 

 

The Minnesota Association of Community Mental Health Programs (MACMHP) maintains an updated list of CMHCs and Mental Health Minnesota offers referral help via e-mail, chat, or phone. You can reach their referral helpline at (800) 862-1799 and reach their Minnesota Warmline at (651) 288-0400 or (877) 404-3190.

 

For your convenience, you can also find contact information for Minnesota county crisis lines, mental health departments, CMHCs, and clinics below.

 

Minnesota Mental Health Clinics and Access Numbers

Aitkin County

  • Aitkin County Public Mental Health Services:
    1. Aitkin County Mental Health Crisis Line: (800) 462-5525
    2. Aitkin County Adult Social Services Unit (Aitkin): (218) 927-7200 or (800) 328-3744
  • Community Mental Health Centers Serving Aitkin County:
    1. Northern Pines Mental Health Center: (320) 639-2025 or (833) 316-0698
      • Crisis and Referral Line: (800) 462-5525
      • Adult Outpatient Locations(Use Main Number for All Locations Except Where Indicated):
        • Aitkin (13 3rd Street NE)
        • Brainerd (520 5th Street NW)
        • Brainerd (823 Maple Street)
        • Little Falls (1906 5th Avenue SE)
        • Long Prairie (16 9th Street SE)
        • Onamia (200 Elm Street N)
        • Our Place Drop-In Center (323 South 9th Street, Brainerd): (218) 828-4877
        • Pine River (245 Barclay Avenue, Unit 101)
        • Staples (200 4th Street NE)
        • Todd County Drop-In Center (200 4th Street NE, Staples): (218) 820-7663
        • Wadena (11 2nd Street SW)
    2. Northland Counseling Center(Grand Rapids): (218) 326-1274

 

Anoka County

 

Becker County

 

Beltrami County

 

Benton County

 

Big Stone County

 

Blue Earth County

 

Brown County

 

Carlton County

 

Carver County

 

Cass County

  • Cass County Public Mental Health Services:
    1. Cass County Mental Health Crisis Line: (800) 462-5525
    2. Cass County Health, Human, and Veteran Services:
      • Walker Office: (218) 547-1340
      • Backus Office: (218) 947-7530
      • Cass County Human Services After-Hours Emergency Line: (218) 547-1424
  • Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe Public Mental Health Services:
    1. Leech Lake Ojibwe Mental Health Crisis Line: Call 911
    2. Leech Lake Tribal Health Division Behavioral Health Program (Cass Lake): (218) 335-7211
  • Minnesota Chippewa Tribe Public Mental Health Services:
    1. Minnesota Chippewa Tribe Human Services Division (Cass Lake): (218) 335-8581
  • Community Mental Health Centers Serving Cass County:
    1. Northern Pines Mental Health Center: (320) 639-2025 or (833) 316-0698
      • Crisis and Referral Line: (800) 462-5525
      • Adult Outpatient Locations(Use Main Number for All Locations Except Where Indicated):
        • Aitkin (13 3rd Street NE)
        • Brainerd (520 5th Street NW)
        • Brainerd (823 Maple Street)
        • Little Falls (1906 5th Avenue SE)
        • Long Prairie (16 9th Street SE)
        • Onamia (200 Elm Street N)
        • Our Place Drop-In Center (323 South 9th Street, Brainerd): (218) 828-4877
        • Pine River (245 Barclay Avenue, Unit 101)
        • Staples (200 4th Street NE)
        • Todd County Drop-In Center (200 4th Street NE, Staples): (218) 820-7663
        • Wadena (11 2nd Street SW)

 

Chippewa County

  • Chippewa County Public Mental Health Services:
    1. Chippewa County Mental Health Crisis Line: (800) 432-8781
    2. Chippewa County Family Services (Montevideo): (320) 269-6401 or (877) 450-6401
    3. Woodland Centers Crisis Line: (800) 992-1716
  • Upper Sioux Community Public Mental Health Services:
    1. Upper Sioux Community Administration (Granite Falls): (320) 564-3853
  • Community Mental Health Centers Serving Chippewa County:
    1. Western Mental Health Center(Marshall): (800) 658-2429 or (507) 532-3236
      • Mental Health Crisis Line: (800) 658-2429
      • Adult Outpatient Locations(Use Main Number for All Locations)
        • Marshall (1212 East College Drive)
        • Redwood Falls (205 South Mill Street)
        • Granite Falls (818 Prentice Street)
        • Slayton (2001 Maple Street)
        • Slayton (2042 Juniper Drive)
        • Ivanhoe (336 East George Street)
        • Canby (112 St. Olaf Avenue)
    2. Woodland Centers(Willmar): (320) 235-4613 or (800) 992-1716

 

Chisago County

 

Clay County

 

Clearwater County

  • Clearwater County Public Mental Health Services:
    1. Clearwater County Mental Health Crisis Line: (800) 422-0045
    2. Clearwater County Human Services (Bagley): (218) 694-6164 or (800) 245-6064

 

Cook County

  • Cook County Public Mental Health Services:
    1. Cook County Mental Health Crisis Line: (844) 772-4724
    2. Cook County Human Services (Grand Marais): (218) 387-3620 or (800) 663-6771
  • Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Public Mental Health Services:
    1. Grand Portage Reservation Human Services (Grand Portage): (218) 475-2166
    2. Grand Portage Reservation Tribal Council (Grand Portage): (218) 475-2277

 

Cottonwood County

 

Crow Wing County

  • Crow Wing County Public Mental Health Services:
    1. Crow Wing County Mental Health Crisis Line: (800) 462-5525
    2. Crow Wing County Community Services (Brainerd): (218) 824-1140 or (888) 772-8211
  • Community Mental Health Centers Serving Crow Wing County:
    1. Northern Pines Mental Health Center: (320) 639-2025 or (833) 316-0698
      • Crisis and Referral Line: (800) 462-5525
      • Adult Outpatient Locations(Use Main Number for All Locations Except Where Indicated):
        • Aitkin (13 3rd Street NE)
        • Brainerd (520 5th Street NW)
        • Brainerd (823 Maple Street)
        • Little Falls (1906 5th Avenue SE)
        • Long Prairie (16 9th Street SE)
        • Onamia (200 Elm Street N)
        • Our Place Drop-In Center (323 South 9th Street, Brainerd): (218) 828-4877
        • Pine River (245 Barclay Avenue, Unit 101)
        • Staples (200 4th Street NE)
        • Todd County Drop-In Center (200 4th Street NE, Staples): (218) 820-7663
        • Wadena (11 2nd Street SW)
  • Other Licensed Outpatient Mental Health Providers in Crow Wing County:
    1. Nystrom and Associates Ltd. (Baxter): (844) 374-4068 or (218) 282-7439

 

Dakota County

 

Dodge County

 

Douglas County

 

Faribault County

 

Fillmore County

  • Fillmore County Public Mental Health Services:
    1. Fillmore County Mental Health Crisis Line: (844) 274-7472
    2. Fillmore County Social Services Department (Preston): (507) 765-2175 
  • Community Mental Health Centers Serving Fillmore County:
    1. Hiawatha Valley Mental Health Center: (800) 657-6777
    2. Zumbro Valley Health Center(Rochester): (507) 289-2089 or (800) 422-0161
      • Mental Health Crisis Line: (844) 274-7472
      • Adult Outpatient Locations (Use Main Number for All Locations):
        • Main Campus (343 Wood Lake Drive SE, Rochester)
        • Downtown Office (29 7th Street NE, Rochester)
        • Fillmore Office (65 Main Avenue North, Harmony)

 

Freeborn County

 

Goodhue County

 

Grant County

  • Grant County Public Mental Health Services:
    1. Grant County Mental Health Crisis Line: (701) 364-0431
    2. Grant County Social Services (Elbow Lake): (218) 685-8200

 

Hennepin County

 

Houston County

 

Hubbard County

 

Isanti County

 

Itasca County

 

Jackson County

 

Kanabec County

  • Kanabec County Public Mental Health Services:
    1. Kanabec County Mental Health Crisis and Referral Line: (800) 523-3333
    2. Kanabec County Family Services (Mora): (320) 679-6350 or (877) 599-4808

 

Kandiyohi County

 

Kittson County

  • Kittson County Public Mental Health Services:
    1. Kittson County Mental Health Crisis Line: (800) 282-5005
    2. Kittson County Social Services (Hallock): (218) 843-2689
    3. Sanford Mental Health Crisis Line: (800) 422-0863
  • Community Mental Health Centers Serving Kittson County:
    1. Northwestern Mental Health (Crookston): (218) 281-3940 or (800) 418-7326

 

Koochiching County

 

Lac Qui Parle County

 

Lake County

  • Lake County Public Mental Health Services:
    1. Lake County Mental Health Crisis Line: (844) 772-4724
    2. Lake County Social Services (Two Harbors): (218) 834-8400
  • Community Mental Health Centers Serving Lake County:
    1. Human Development Center(Duluth): (218) 728-4491
      • Mental Health Crisis Line: (800) 634-8775 or (218) 728-5126
      • Adult Outpatient Locations:

 

Lake of the Woods County

 

Le Sueur County

 

Lincoln County

  • Lincoln County Public Mental Health Services:
    1. Lincoln County Mental Health Crisis Line: (800) 658-2429
    2. Southwest Health and Human Services, Lincoln County (Ivanhoe): (507) 694-1452 or (800) 657-3781
  • Community Mental Health Centers Serving Lincoln County:
    1. Western Mental Health Center(Marshall): (800) 658-2429 or (507) 532-3236
      • Mental Health Crisis Line: (800) 658-2429
      • Adult Outpatient Locations(Use Main Number for All Locations)
        • Marshall (1212 East College Drive)
        • Redwood Falls (205 South Mill Street)
        • Granite Falls (818 Prentice Street)
        • Slayton (2001 Maple Street)
        • Slayton (2042 Juniper Drive)
        • Ivanhoe (336 East George Street)
        • Canby (112 St. Olaf Avenue)

 

Lyon County

  • Lyon County Public Mental Health Services:
    1. Lyon County Mental Health Crisis Line: (800) 658-2429
    2. Southwest Health and Human Services, Lyon County (Marshall): (507) 537-6747 or (800) 657-3760
  • Community Mental Health Centers Serving Lyon County:
    1. Western Mental Health Center(Marshall): (800) 658-2429 or (507) 532-3236
      • Mental Health Crisis Line: (800) 658-2429
      • Adult Outpatient Locations(Use Main Number for All Locations)
        • Marshall (1212 East College Drive)
        • Redwood Falls (205 South Mill Street)
        • Granite Falls (818 Prentice Street)
        • Slayton (2001 Maple Street)
        • Slayton (2042 Juniper Drive)
        • Ivanhoe (336 East George Street)
        • Canby (112 St. Olaf Avenue)

 

Mahnomen County

  • Mahnomen County Public Mental Health Services:
    1. Mahnomen County Mental Health Crisis Line: (800) 282-5005
    2. Mahnomen County Human Services (Mahnomen): (218) 935-2568
  • Community Mental Health Centers Serving Mahnomen County:
    1. Northwestern Mental Health (Crookston): (218) 281-3940 or (800) 418-7326

 

Marshall County

  • Marshall County Public Mental Health Services:
    1. Marshall County Mental Health Crisis Line: (800) 282-5005
    2. Marshall County Social Services (Warren): (218) 745-5124 or (800) 642-5444
  • Community Mental Health Centers Serving Marshall County:
    1. Northwestern Mental Health (Crookston): (218) 281-3940 or (800) 418-7326

 

Martin County

 

McLeod County

 

Meeker County

 

Mille Lacs County

  • Mille Lacs County Public Mental Health Services:
    1. Mille Lacs County Mental Health Crisis Line: (800) 523-3333
    2. Mille Lacs County Adult Mental Health Services (Milaca): (320) 983-8208 or (888) 270-8208
  • Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe Public Mental Health Services:
    1. Mille Lacs Band Behavioral Health Department (Onamia): (800) 709-6445 x7776 or (320) 532-4754 or (320) 532-7776
  • Community Mental Health Centers Serving Mille Lacs County:
    1. Avivo Mental Health Services(Minneapolis): (612) 752-8074
      • Adult Outpatient Locations:
        • Bloomington (7888 12th Avenue South): (612) 752-8350
        • Brooklyn Center (5701 Shingle Creek Parkway): (612) 752-8900
        • Crystal (7000 57th Avenue North): (612) 752-8300
        • Minneapolis (1900 Chicago Avenue South): (612) 752-8000
        • Minneapolis (1825 Chicago Avenue South): (612) 752-8200
        • Minneapolis (900 20th Avenue South): (612) 752-8800
        • Minneapolis (2438 27th Avenue South): (612) 752-8100
        • Minneapolis (2143 Lowry Avenue North): (612) 752-8500
        • Princeton: (763) 243-1200
        • St. Cloud (3333 West Division Street): (320) 227-1300
        • St. Cloud (3400 1st Street North): (320) 227-1305
        • St. Paul (1450 Energy Park Drive): (612) 752-8888
        • West St. Paul (1 Mendota Road West): (651) 554-6000
    2. Northern Pines Mental Health Center: (320) 639-2025 or (833) 316-0698
      • Crisis and Referral Line: (800) 462-5525
      • Adult Outpatient Locations(Use Main Number for All Locations Except Where Indicated):
        • Aitkin (13 3rd Street NE)
        • Brainerd (520 5th Street NW)
        • Brainerd (823 Maple Street)
        • Little Falls (1906 5th Avenue SE)
        • Long Prairie (16 9th Street SE)
        • Onamia (200 Elm Street N)
        • Our Place Drop-In Center (323 South 9th Street, Brainerd): (218) 828-4877
        • Pine River (245 Barclay Avenue, Unit 101)
        • Staples (200 4th Street NE)
        • Todd County Drop-In Center (200 4th Street NE, Staples): (218) 820-7663
        • Wadena (11 2nd Street SW)
  • Other Licensed Outpatient Mental Health Providers in Mille Lacs County:
    1. Lighthouse Child and Family Services LLC (Milaca): (320) 983-2335

 

Morrison County

  • Morrison Public Mental Health Services:
    1. Morrison County Mental Health Crisis Line: (800) 462-5525
    2. Morrison County Social Services (Little Falls): (320) 632-2951 or (800) 269-1464
  • Community Mental Health Centers Serving Morrison County:
    1. Northern Pines Mental Health Center: (320) 639-2025 or (833) 316-0698
      • Crisis and Referral Line: (800) 462-5525
      • Adult Outpatient Locations(Use Main Number for All Locations Except Where Indicated):
        • Aitkin (13 3rd Street NE)
        • Brainerd (520 5th Street NW)
        • Brainerd (823 Maple Street)
        • Little Falls (1906 5th Avenue SE)
        • Long Prairie (16 9th Street SE)
        • Onamia (200 Elm Street N)
        • Our Place Drop-In Center (323 South 9th Street, Brainerd): (218) 828-4877
        • Pine River (245 Barclay Avenue, Unit 101)
        • Staples (200 4th Street NE)
        • Todd County Drop-In Center (200 4th Street NE, Staples): (218) 820-7663
        • Wadena (11 2nd Street SW)
  • Other Licensed Outpatient Mental Health Providers in Morrison County:
    1. Center for Family Counseling Inc. (Little Falls): (320) 253-3540

 

Mower County

 

Murray County

  • Murray Public Mental Health Services:
    1. Murray County Mental Health Crisis Line: (800) 658-2429
    2. Southwest Health and Human Services, Murray County (Slayton): (507) 836-6144 or (800) 657-3811
  • Community Mental Health Centers Serving Murray County:
    1. Western Mental Health Center(Marshall): (800) 658-2429 or (507) 532-3236
      • Mental Health Crisis Line: (800) 658-2429
      • Adult Outpatient Locations(Use Main Number for All Locations)
        • Marshall (1212 East College Drive)
        • Redwood Falls (205 South Mill Street)
        • Granite Falls (818 Prentice Street)
        • Slayton (2001 Maple Street)
        • Slayton (2042 Juniper Drive)
        • Ivanhoe (336 East George Street)
        • Canby (112 St. Olaf Avenue)

 

Nicollet County

 

Nobles County

 

Norman County

  • Norman County Public Mental Health Services:
    1. Norman County Mental Health Crisis Line: (800) 282-5005
    2. Norman County Social Services (Ada): (218) 784-5400 or (833) 543-1964
  • Community Mental Health Centers Serving Norman County:
    1. Northwestern Mental Health (Crookston): (218) 281-3940 or (800) 418-7326

 

Olmsted County

 

Otter Tail County

 

Pennington County

 

Pine County

  • Pine County Public Mental Health Services:
    1. Pine County Mental Health Crisis Line: (800) 523-3333
    2. Pine County Health and Human Services: (800) 450-7463
      • South Pine Government Center (Pine City): (320) 591-1570 
      • North Pine Government Center (Sandstone): (320) 216-4100 

 

Pipestone County

 

Polk County

  • Polk County Public Mental Health Services:
    1. Polk County Mental Health Crisis Line: (800) 282-5005
    2. Polk County Social Services: (877) 281-3127
      • Crookston Office: (218) 281-3127
      • East Grand Forks Office: (218) 773-2431
      • McIntosh Office: (218) 435-1585
  • Community Mental Health Centers Serving Polk County:
    1. Northwestern Mental Health (Crookston): (218) 281-3940 or (800) 418-7326

 

Pope County

  • Pope County Public Mental Health Services:
    1. Pope County Mental Health Crisis Line: (701) 364-0431
    2. Pope County Mental Health Services (Glenwood): (320) 634-7755
    3. Pope County Mobile Crisis Team: (701) 364-0431
    4. Lakeland Mental Health Center Crisis Line: (800) 223-4512
  • Community Mental Health Centers Serving Pope County:
    1. Lakeland Mental Health Center
      • Mental Health Crisis Line: (800) 223-4512
      • Adult Outpatient Locations:
        • Fergus Falls: (218) 736-6987
        • Moorhead: (218) 233-7524
        • Detroit Lakes: (218) 847-1676
        • Glenwood: (320) 634-3446
        • Alexandria: (320) 762-2400
        • Perham: (218) 736-6987

 

Ramsey County

 

Red Lake County

  • Red Lake County Public Mental Health Services:
    1. Red Lake County Mental Health Crisis Line: (800) 282-5005
    2. Red Lake County Social Services (Red Lake Falls): (218) 253-4131 or (877) 294-0846
  • Community Mental Health Centers Serving Red Lake County:
    1. Northwestern Mental Health (Crookston): (218) 281-3940 or (800) 418-7326

 

Redwood County

  • Redwood County Public Mental Health Services:
    1. Redwood County Mental Health Crisis Line: (800) 658-2429
    2. Southwest Health and Human Services, Redwood County (Redwood Falls): (507) 637-4041 or (888) 234-1292
  • Lower Sioux Indian Community Public Mental Health Services:
    1. Woniya Kini Behavioral Services (Morton): (507) 697-8675
  • Community Mental Health Centers Serving Redwood County:
    1. Western Mental Health Center(Marshall): (800) 658-2429 or (507) 532-3236
      • Mental Health Crisis Line: (800) 658-2429
      • Adult Outpatient Locations(Use Main Number for All Locations)
        • Marshall (1212 East College Drive)
        • Redwood Falls (205 South Mill Street)
        • Granite Falls (818 Prentice Street)
        • Slayton (2001 Maple Street)
        • Slayton (2042 Juniper Drive)
        • Ivanhoe (336 East George Street)
        • Canby (112 St. Olaf Avenue)

 

Renville County

 

Rice County

 

Rock County

 

Roseau County

  • Roseau County Public Mental Health Services:
    1. Roseau County Mental Health Crisis Line: (800) 282-5005
    2. Roseau County Social Services (Roseau): (218) 463-2411 or (888) 255-2932

 

Saint Louis County

  • Saint Louis County Public Mental Health Services:
    1. Northern St. Louis County Mental Health Crisis Line: (218) 288-2100
    2. Southern St. Louis County Mental Health Crisis Line: (218) 623-1800
    3. Saint Louis County Adult Mental Health:
      • South St. Louis County (Duluth): (218) 355-1530
      • North St. Louis County (Virginia): (218) 471-7128 (Press 7 for Adult Mental Health)
  • Bois Forte Band of Chippewa Public Mental Health Services:
    1. Bois Forte Human Services:
      • Nett Lake Office: (218) 757-0233
      • Vermilion Clinic (Tower): (218) 753-2347
    2. Bois Forte Behavioral Health:
      • Nett Lake Office: (218) 757-3295
      • Vermilion Clinic (Tower): (218) 753-2182
  • Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Public Mental Health Services:
    1. Fond du Lac Band Human Services (Cloquet): (218) 879-1227 or (888) 888-6007
    2. Fond du Lac Band Behavioral Health Services:
      • Mino No Aya Win Center (Cloquet): (218) 878-3729
      • Center for American Indian Resources (Duluth): (218) 279-4104
      • Birch Tree Crisis Line: (218) 623-1800 or (844) 77 BIRCH
  • Community Mental Health Centers Serving Saint Louis County:
    1. Human Development Center(Duluth): (218) 728-4491
      • Serving Southern St. Louis, Carlton, and Lake Counties
      • Mental Health Crisis Line: (800) 634-8775 or (218) 728-5126
      • Adult Outpatient Locations:
    2. Range Mental Health Center(Virginia): (800) 450-2273 or (218) 749-2881
      • Mental Health Crisis Line: (218) 288-2100
      • Adult Outpatient Locations:
        • William J. Sauve Building (Virginia): (218) 749-2881 or (800) 450-2273
        • Gov. Rudy Perpich Building (Hibbing): (218) 263-9237 or (800) 450-2273
        • Wellstone Center for Crisis Stabilization (Eveleth): (218) 471-4327
        • Ely Office (Ely): (800) 450-2273
  • Other Licensed Outpatient Mental Health Providers in Saint Louis County:
    1. Arrowhead Psychological Clinic (Duluth): (218) 723-8153
    2. HP Psychological Associates PC (Duluth): (218) 464-0908
    3. Nystrom and Associates Ltd. (Duluth): (844) 374-4068 or (218) 282-7530

 

Scott County

 

Sherburne County

  • Sherburne County Public Mental Health Services:
    1. Sherburne County Mental Health Crisis Line: (800) 635-8008
    2. Sherburne County Health and Human Services (Elk River): (763) 765-4000 or (800) 433-5239
  • Community Mental Health Centers Serving Sherburne County:
    1. Avivo Mental Health Services(Minneapolis): (612) 752-8074
      • Adult Outpatient Locations:
        • Bloomington (7888 12th Avenue South): (612) 752-8350
        • Brooklyn Center (5701 Shingle Creek Parkway): (612) 752-8900
        • Crystal (7000 57th Avenue North): (612) 752-8300
        • Minneapolis (1900 Chicago Avenue South): (612) 752-8000
        • Minneapolis (1825 Chicago Avenue South): (612) 752-8200
        • Minneapolis (900 20th Avenue South): (612) 752-8800
        • Minneapolis (2438 27th Avenue South): (612) 752-8100
        • Minneapolis (2143 Lowry Avenue North): (612) 752-8500
        • Princeton: (763) 243-1200
        • St. Cloud (3333 West Division Street): (320) 227-1300
        • St. Cloud (3400 1st Street North): (320) 227-1305
        • St. Paul (1450 Energy Park Drive): (612) 752-8888
        • West St. Paul (1 Mendota Road West): (651) 554-6000
    2. Central Minnesota Mental Health Center(Waite Park): (320) 202-2000
      • Mental Health Crisis Line: (800) 635-8008 or (320) 253-5555
      • Adult Outpatient Locations:
        • St. Cloud: (320) 252-5010
        • Monticello: (763) 295-4001
        • Buffalo: (763) 682-4400
        • Elk River: (763) 441-3770
        • Waite Park: (320) 230-0611
  • Other Licensed Outpatient Mental Health Providers in Sherburne County:
    1. DBT and EMDR Specialists (Elk River): (763) 412-0722
    2. Lighthouse Child and Family Services LLC (Princeton): (320) 983-2335
    3. Nystrom and Associates Ltd. (Big Lake): (844) 374-4068 or (763) 308-8556

 

Sibley County

  • Sibley County Public Mental Health Services:
    1. Sibley County Mental Health Crisis Line: (877) 399-3040
    2. Sibley County Human Services (Gaylord): (507) 237-4000 or (866) 396-9963
  • Community Mental Health Centers Serving Sibley County:
    1. Sioux Trails Mental Health Center: (800) 247-2809
      • Mental Health Crisis Line: (800) 247-2809
      • Adult Outpatient Locations:
        • New Ulm: (507) 354-3181
        • St. Peter: (507) 934-2652
        • North Mankato: (507) 388-3199
        • Gaylord: (507) 237-9989
        • St. James: (507) 375-3442

 

Stearns County

 

Steele County

 

Stevens County

  • Stevens County Public Mental Health Services:
    1. Stevens County Mental Health Crisis Line: (701) 364-0431
    2. Stevens County Human Services (Morris): (320) 208-6600 or (800) 950-4429

 

Swift County

  • Swift County Public Mental Health Services:
    1. Swift County Mental Health Crisis Line: (800) 432-8781
    2. Swift County Human Services (Benson): (320) 843-3160
  • Community Mental Health Centers Serving Swift County:
    1. Woodland Centers(Willmar): (320) 235-4613 or (800) 992-1716

 

Todd County

  • Todd County Public Mental Health Services:
    1. Todd County Mental Health Crisis Line: (800) 462-5525
    2. Todd County Health and Human Services(Long Prairie): (320) 732-4500
      • Staples Branch Office: (218) 894-6300
  • Community Mental Health Centers Serving Todd County:
    1. Northern Pines Mental Health Center: (320) 639-2025 or (833) 316-0698
      • Crisis and Referral Line: (800) 462-5525
      • Adult Outpatient Locations(Use Main Number for All Locations Except Where Indicated):
        • Aitkin (13 3rd Street NE)
        • Brainerd (520 5th Street NW)
        • Brainerd (823 Maple Street)
        • Little Falls (1906 5th Avenue SE)
        • Long Prairie (16 9th Street SE)
        • Onamia (200 Elm Street N)
        • Our Place Drop-In Center (323 South 9th Street, Brainerd): (218) 828-4877
        • Pine River (245 Barclay Avenue, Unit 101)
        • Staples (200 4th Street NE)
        • Todd County Drop-In Center (200 4th Street NE, Staples): (218) 820-7663
        • Wadena (11 2nd Street SW)

 

Traverse County

  • Traverse County Public Mental Health Services:
    1. Traverse County Mental Health Crisis Line: (701) 364-0431
    2. Traverse County Social Services (Wheaton): (320) 422-7777

 

Wabasha County

 

Wadena County

  • Wadena County Public Mental Health Services:
    1. Wadena County Mental Health Crisis Line: (800) 462-5525
    2. Wadena County Human Services (Wadena): (218) 631-7605
  • Community Mental Health Centers Serving Wadena County:
    1. Northern Pines Mental Health Center: (320) 639-2025 or (833) 316-0698
      • Crisis and Referral Line: (800) 462-5525
      • Adult Outpatient Locations(Use Main Number for All Locations Except Where Indicated):
        • Aitkin (13 3rd Street NE)
        • Brainerd (520 5th Street NW)
        • Brainerd (823 Maple Street)
        • Little Falls (1906 5th Avenue SE)
        • Long Prairie (16 9th Street SE)
        • Onamia (200 Elm Street N)
        • Our Place Drop-In Center (323 South 9th Street, Brainerd): (218) 828-4877
        • Pine River (245 Barclay Avenue, Unit 101)
        • Staples (200 4th Street NE)
        • Todd County Drop-In Center (200 4th Street NE, Staples): (218) 820-7663
        • Wadena (11 2nd Street SW)
  • Other Licensed Outpatient Mental Health Providers in Wadena County:
    1. Center for Family Counseling Inc. (Wadena): (844) 221-1191

 

Waseca County

 

Washington County

 

Watonwan County

  • Watonwan County Public Mental Health Services:
    1. Watonwan County Mental Health Crisis Line: (877) 399-3040
    2. Watonwan County Human Services (St. James): (507) 375-3294
  • Community Mental Health Centers Serving Watonwan County:
    1. Sioux Trails Mental Health Center: (800) 247-2809
      • Mental Health Crisis Line: (800) 247-2809
      • Adult Outpatient Locations:
        • New Ulm: (507) 354-3181
        • St. Peter: (507) 934-2652
        • North Mankato: (507) 388-3199
        • Gaylord: (507) 237-9989
        • St. James: (507) 375-3442

 

Wilkin County

  • Wilkin County Public Mental Health Services:
    1. Wilkin County Mental Health Crisis Line: (800) 223-4512
    2. Wilkin County Family Services (Breckenridge): (218) 643-7161
    3. Wilkin County Mental Health Hotline: (800) 450-7223

 

Winona County

 

Wright County

  • Wright County Public Mental Health Services:
    1. Wright County Mental Health Crisis Line: (800) 635-8008
    2. Wright County Health and Human Services (Buffalo): (763) 682-7400 or (800) 362-3667
  • Community Mental Health Centers Serving Wright County:
    1. Central Minnesota Mental Health Center(Waite Park): (320) 202-2000
      • Mental Health Crisis Line: (800) 635-8008 or (320) 253-5555
      • Adult Outpatient Locations:
        • St. Cloud: (320) 252-5010
        • Monticello: (763) 295-4001
        • Buffalo: (763) 682-4400
        • Elk River: (763) 441-3770
        • Waite Park: (320) 230-0611
  • Other Licensed Outpatient Mental Health Providers in Wright County:
    1. Nystrom and Associates Ltd. (Otsego): (844) 374-4068 or (763) 308-8619
    2. Center for Family Counseling Inc. (Monticello): (844) 221-1191

 

Yellow Medicine County

  • Yellow Medicine County Public Mental Health Services:
    1. Yellow Medicine County Mental Health Crisis Line: (800) 658-2429
    2. Yellow Medicine County Family Services (Granite Falls and Canby): (320) 564-2211
  • Upper Sioux Community Public Mental Health Services:
    1. Upper Sioux Community Administration (Granite Falls): (320) 564-3853
  • Community Mental Health Centers Serving Yellow Medicine County:
    1. Western Mental Health Center(Marshall): (800) 658-2429 or (507) 532-3236
      • Mental Health Crisis Line: (800) 658-2429
      • Adult Outpatient Locations(Use Main Number for All Locations)
        • Marshall (1212 East College Drive)
        • Redwood Falls (205 South Mill Street)
        • Granite Falls (818 Prentice Street)
        • Slayton (2001 Maple Street)
        • Slayton (2042 Juniper Drive)
        • Ivanhoe (336 East George Street)
        • Canby (112 St. Olaf Avenue)

 

Federally qualified health centers (FQHCs) are another option for public mental health care in Minnesota. These federally-funded programs provide medical and mental health services to people in underserved communities. Their goal is to deliver high-quality coordinated care to people with complex needs and to link behavioral healthcare with primary medical care. Each FQHC accepts Medicaid and Medicare and offers sliding scale fees to people without insurance. You can search for FQHCs using the online search tool on the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services website. 

How Does Minnesota's Public Mental Health System Work?

In the 1960s, Americans started thinking differently about how to treat mental health conditions. New laws required state and local governments to establish community mental health programs as alternatives to institutionalization for people with serious mental illness. Many states' public mental health programs trace their origins back to this period.

 

Minnesota was ahead of the curve. It passed its own Community Mental Health Services Act in 1957, establishing funding for statewide community mental health services six years before the federal Community Mental Health Act was passed in 1963. However, Minnesota fell behind in establishing a connected statewide network of essential community mental health services and didn't establish a full statewide mental health crisis response system until the 2010s. 

 

In the last decade, Minnesota has made significant investments in its mental health system. It was one of only eight states selected for the federal Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic  project. Like many other states, Minnesota has shrunk its state psychiatric hospital system, but unlike other states, it has funded and built community-based alternatives. In addition to a range of outpatient and telemedicine services, Minnesota has also created a system of Community Behavioral Health Hospitals that provide inpatient crisis stabilization services.

 

Mental health services in Minnesota are managed on the state and county level. The Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) oversees the state's adult mental health and child mental health systems and operates the only remaining large psychiatric hospital in the state, the Anoka-Metro Regional Treatment Center, as well as the state's Community Behavioral Health Hospitals. Each county has its own mental health crisis line as well as an adult mental health department or division that provides case management services to qualifying residents. Licensed outpatient mental health providers and CMHCs are operated locally but administered centrally by DHS.

 

According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), only 50 percent of people in Minnesota who have mental health conditions get treatment for them. One reason for the care gap is that people aren't aware of their options for affordable mental health care in Minnesota, including CMHCs and local mental health clinics. You can help change these statistics by reaching out and using your local mental health resources. If you're not finding the care you need through the state system, you can search for counselors on OpenCounseling or try affordable online counseling at BetterHelp (a sponsor). The care you need may be only a call or click away.

 


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