Like adults, children and adolescents can have mental health disorders that interfere with the way they think, feel, and act. Dakota County provides services to children with mental health conditions based on eligibility.
Eligibility of services
To be eligible for county services, the resident must:
- Have been hospitalized due to a mental illness within the last year
- Have a mental health diagnosis
- Do not have mental health services covered by private health insurance
- Qualify for Medical Assistance
Eligibility is determined by the results of a Diagnostic Assessment by a mental health professional. The assessment looks at the history of the child’s mental health problems, important developmental incidents, and areas of strength and vulnerability. Children's mental health services are voluntary.
For additional information on how to apply for these services, call Children’s Mental Health Case Management at 952-891-7459. A screener will talk with you about your child’s needs and advise you of the application process.
Look for the warning signs
All children go through rough times as they grow. They may have problems at school, with friends, or at home. The following signs, when experienced on a sustained basis, may be reason for consulting with your child's doctor or a mental health professional:
- Frequent feelings of depression, unhappiness, or despair
- Feelings of anxiety or significant mood swings
- Frequent periods of confusion or forgetfulness
- Lack of interest in family, friends, or activities he or she used to enjoy
- Destruction of property
- Difficulty with concentration in school work and other activities
- Inability to make friends with other children
- Angry, belligerent behavior
More resources and links
There are many mental health resources available within the county. Find out more.