Mental Health

American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

This website offers information for families including: 1.) Up-to-date information on issues affecting children, teenagers and their families. 2.) Definitions of major mental disorders in easily understandable language along with a resource list, 3.) The latest information on children and psychiatric medications.


Children’s Mental Health Collaboratives

Children with emotional disorders and their families frequently seek services from many agencies because no one agency offers all the services they need. Children's Mental Health Collaboratives strive to be a local, integrated system of care providing a cohesive array of services. Communities bring together representatives from at least one county, school or special education cooperative, corrections and local mental health organization. Parents and representatives from other agencies are also typically part of their local Children's Mental Health Collaborative. You will find a list of contacts by county at:


Children’s Mental Health Network: Minnesota Statewide Family Netowrk (MSFN)

MSFN is a statewide non-profit parent-directed organization in Minnesota whose mission is to expand opportunities and enhance the lives of children with mental health disorders and their families. MSFN helps connect parents with other parents and resources. It provides individual advocacy, workshops on a variety of topics (including accessing the children’s mental health system, Positive Behavior Intervention and understanding the special education system for children with mental health needs), written materials and a website with children’s mental health information and links to other related sites. A unique part of this organization is the Youth Advisory Board, whose mission is to create a youth leadership presence in Minnesota as self-advocates, share ideas on existing services, present at conferences and maintain a web site specific to adolescents and teens with a mental health need. Address: 8161 Normandale Blvd, Minneapolis MN 55437. Voice: 952-838-1360. Toll-free for MN parents: 855-750-1360


Involuntary Commitment and Court-Ordered Treatment

Office of the Ombudsman for Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities; 121 7th Place East, Suite 420; St. Paul, Minnesota 55101-2117; 651-757-1800 or 1-800-657-3506 (Voice) TTY/voice-Minnesota Relay Service 711.


Minnesota Association for Children’s Mental Health (MACMH)

MACMH provides information, education, advocacy and materials for families with children with emotional/behavioral disorders and mental health needs. Address: MACMH, 165 Western Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55102. Phone: 651-644-7333 or 1-800-528-4511. This site includes a Spanish language information


Minnesota Parent Leadership Network (MPLN)

The Minnesota Parent Leadership Network (MPLN) is a parent driven organization made up of parents of children with mental health needs. The structure of the network consists of a Board of Directors, regional and ethnic community representatives, and our parent leaders from across the state. Beyond the structure of this grassroots organization, it is the passion, dedication and commitment to the work before us in developing a strong voice for children in our mental health system of care. For more information MPLN; 369 Wendell Street; Paynesville, MN 56362; phone: 1-866-837-3393 or


National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)

NAMI is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to improving the lives of persons living with serious mental illness and their families. NAMI offers support, education and legislative advocacy. There are NAMI organizations in every state and in over 1100 local communities across the country. There are 21 affiliates in Minnesota (see State website). NAMI, 3803 N. Fairfax Dr., Suite 100, Arlington, VA 22203; Main: (703) 524-7600; Information Helpline: 800-950-NAMI (6264). National website:
(the national website is offered in English and Spanish and the toll free line offers more than 150 languages). Minnesota phone number: 651-645-2948 or 1-888-626-4435 and website:


Office of the Ombudsman for Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities

An ombudsperson is an official who is designated to assist you to overcome the delay, injustice or impersonal delivery of services. The Minnesota Ombudsman for Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities performs in the following three areas: (1) client services (or general ombudsman services); (2) medical review (death and serious injury reporting); and (3) civil commitment training. Call for culturally specific ombudsperson. For more information you can go to: or call 651-757-1800 or 1-800-657-3506. Office of the Ombudsman for Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities; 121 7th Place E, Ste 420, St. Paul, MN 55101


The Wilder Research Report titled “Immigrant and Refugee Mental Health” can be found on the Wilder Research website . Click on “Find a Report” and type in “immigrant” or the entire title to access this document.


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