Beltrami County, area tribes receive mental health care grants
BEMIDJI -- Beltrami County and the Red Lake, Leech Lake and White Earth bands will each receive grants to aid in mental health crisis services, according to a release Tuesday.
Mental health crisis services provided in a person’s home soon will be available in all parts of the state through more than $13.6 million in mobile mental health crisis grants recently awarded to local service providers by the Minnesota Department of Human Services.
The funding, which includes an additional $3 million provided by the 2015 Legislature, makes services available to children and adults in all 87 counties, the release said. Two tribal nations – the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe and the Red Lake Nation – will now provide their own services. Although much of Minnesota has had mobile crisis services for years, in large geographic areas of the state these services were not available.
“When people are in crisis, they need the right help right away,” Human Services Commissioner Emily Johnson Piper said in a release. “Mobile mental health crisis services provide that help to people wherever they are. Sometimes people need to go to the hospital, and sometimes other mental health services would be more appropriate. With these grants, mental health teams can offer that flexibility statewide.”
Mobile crisis services are mental health teams who offer psychiatric services to individuals at home and at other locations outside the traditional clinical setting. The teams provide a rapid response and will work to assess the individual, resolve crises and link people to needed services.
Research has shown that not only are mobile crisis services effective at keeping people in crisis from needing psychiatric hospitalization, they are also better than hospitalization at linking people in crisis to outpatient services and are effective in finding hard-to-reach individuals. As a result, four out of five people who receive mobile mental health services do not go to the hospital, the release said.
Last year, Minnesota had 27 crisis teams available to provide mobile mental health crisis services to adults and children, their families or guardians and supporters. That number will increase to 34 with the new grants.
The increased grant money was included in $46 million new mental health funding approved by the 2015 Legislature for the 2016-2017 biennium. It was the largest investment in state history to create a more seamless and comprehensive system of mental health care in all parts of the state. The grants for mobile crisis are one part of a range of additional crisis services that over the next four years will include increasing the availability of crisis beds and a statewide crisis number.
Counties, multi-county regions and tribal governments receiving mental health crisis grants for 2016:
Aitkin, Cass, Crow Wing, Morrison, Todd and Wadena counties: $708,770
Anoka County: $363,920
Becker County and the White Earth Nation: $370,000
Beltrami, Clearwater, Hubbard and Lake of the Woods counties: $530,710
Benton, Sherburne, Stearns and Wright counties: $819,350
Big Stone, Douglas, Grant, Pope, Stevens and Traverse counties: $742,465
Blue Earth, Brown, Faribault, Freeborn, Le Sueur, Martin, Nicollet, Rice, Sibley and Watonwan counties: $848,370
Carlton, Cook, Itasca, Koochiching, Lake, and St Louis counties: $1,245,260
Carver, Scott and McLeod counties: $971,405
Chisago, Isanti, Kanabec, Mille Lacs and Pine counties: $485,750
Clay, Otter Tail and Wilkin counties: $879,000
Cottonwood, Jackson, Nobles, Rock and Pipestone counties: $372,900
Dakota County: $294,791
Dodge, Fillmore, Goodhue, Houston, Mower, Olmsted, Steele, Wabasha, Waseca and Winona counties: $919,780
Hennepin County: $742,840
Kandiyohi, Meeker, Renville, Chippewa, Swift and Lac Qui Parle counties: $513,220
Kittson, Mahnomen, Marshall, Norman, Pennington, Polk, Red Lake and Roseau counties: $880,590
Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe: $106,280
Lincoln, Lyon, Murray, Redwood and Yellow Medicine counties: $394,380
Ramsey County: $512,670
Red Lake Nation: $289,060
Washington County: $222,880
MetrCCS–Metro Children’s Crisis Services: $74,750 (seven metro area counties).