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Minnesota to Pilot Mental Health One-Stop-Shops

Minnesota has been selected as one of first states to pilot Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics. Proposed clinics will offer “one-stop-shop” care for people with mental illnesses and substance use disorders.

Minnesota is one of eight states selected to pilot a new model of mental and chemical health care, called Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics (CCBHC), the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has announced.

Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics are an innovative model designed to bring together behavioral, chemical and physical health care for people with mental and substance use disorders, and serve as a “one-stop-shop” for both adults and children who have trouble getting the services they need.

Typically, a person with a mental illness will need to contact several different agencies to obtain various services, and rarely can someone obtain both mental health and substance use disorder treatment through the same agency.

The new model intends to change that by offering services to adults with serious mental illness, children with serious emotional disturbance, and people with substance use disorders. The clinics will offer services such as primary care screening, cognitive behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, and trauma-focused therapy for children.

Last spring, six clinics began planning, and in the fall the Minnesota Department of Human Services certified the following clinics across Minnesota as pilot sites:

- Northern Pines Mental Health Center in the north-central part of the state
- Northwestern Mental Health Center serving seven northwest counties
- Wilder Children and Family Services in the Twin Cities metro area
- People Incorporated in the Twin Cities metro area
- Ramsey County Mental Health Center in the Twin Cities metro area
- Zumbro Valley Mental Health Center in Olmsted and Fillmore counties in the southeast.

This effort was two years in the making. It took great collaboration among DHS, providers, advocates and the Legislature to make it a reality.

(From a release by the MN Dept. of Human Services.)