Children's Mental Health
Eligibility for Case Management Services
To determine eligibility for case management, a child with severe emotional disturbance must meet one of the following criteria:
- the child has been admitted within the last three years or is at risk of being admitted to inpatient treatment or residential treatment for an emotional disturbance
- the child is a Minnesota resident and is receiving inpatient treatment or residential treatment for an emotional disturbance through the interstate compact
- the child has one of the following as determined by a mental health professional:
- psychosis or a clinical depression
- risk of harming self or others as a result of an emotional disturbance
- psychopathological symptoms as a result of being a victim of physical or sexual abuse or of psychic trauma within the past year
- the child, as a result of an emotional disturbance, has significantly impaired home, school or community functioning that has lasted at least one year or that in the written opinion of a mental health professional, presents substantial risk of lasting at least one year.
Professional Home-Based Treatment
Intensive mental health services provided to children because of an emotional disturbance
- who are at risk of out-of-home placement
- who are in out-of-home placement
- who are returning from out-of-home placement
Services are provided to the child and the child's family primarily in the child's home environment. Services may also be provided in the child's school, child care setting or other community setting appropriate for the child. Services must be provided on an individual family basis, must be child-oriented and family-oriented and must be designed using formation from diagnostic and functional assessments to meet the specific mental health needs of the child and the child's family.
Examples of services include:
- individual therapy
- family therapy
- client outreach
- assistance in developing individual living skills
- assistance in developing parenting skills necessary to address the needs of the child
- assistance with leisure and recreational services
- crisis assistance including crisis respite care and arranging for crisis placement
- assistance in locating respite and child care
Services must be coordinated with other services provided to the child and family.
Day Treatment consists of group psychotherapy and other intensive therapeutic services that are provided for a minimum two hour time block by multidisciplinary staff under the clinical supervision of a mental health professional. Day Treatment may include education and consultation provided to families and other individuals as an extension of the treatment process. The services are aimed at stabilizing the child's mental health status and developing and improving the child's daily independent living and socialization skills. Day Treatment services are distinguished from child care by their structured therapeutic program of psychotherapy services. Day Treatment services are not part of inpatient hospital or residential treatment services.
A Day Treatment service must be available to a child for up to 15 hours a week throughout the year and must be coordinated with, integrated with or part of an education program offered by the child's school.