Contact Dakota County Social Services to receive information and resources about health and wellness.
How to get help
Life threatening emergencies (24/7)
Urgent help (24/7)
Call the Crisis Response Unit at 952-891-7171.
The Crisis Response Unit is available to all people in the community. Phones are answered by caring staff who know a lot about mental health, housing, shelters, food, employment and transportation.
The Crisis Response Unit is considered a voluntary service. This means you choose if you want help from us.
The Crisis Response Unit can also help with things like:
- Mental health crisis assessments
- Access to urgent psychiatry and therapy
- Family education and support
- Crisis phone support
- Referrals to community resources
- Crisis Stabilization Services
Crisis Stabilization Services is a short-term service for people who need extra help getting through the difficult time after a crisis. Crisis Stabilization Services is a voluntary service. Call the Crisis Response Unit for more information.
If you're dealing with farming and rural stress, call the Minnesota Farm and Rural Helpline (24/7) at 833-600-2670. More resources can be found on the
Minnesota Department of Agriculture website.
Non-urgent business hours
Call Adult Services Intake at 651-554-6424 from 8 a.m-4 p.m.
Walk in hours: 8 a.m.–4 p.m.
Northern Service Center, 1 Mendota Road, 3rd Floor, Social Services Lobby, West St. Paul
Intake gathers basic information about what you need, provides options that may be available to you and talks with you about next steps. We like to hear directly from the person who is asking for help. If you need someone else to help you make the call, we are OK with that, too.
If you meet the rules for, and are interested in, case management services, your information will be given to a mental health assessment social worker. This social worker will contact you to schedule a meeting.
At the meeting you will talk more about options and how to get the right help. You can choose to include other people at your meeting. The social worker may need to meet with you a couple of times. It can take time to get all the needed information.
Once the assessment is done (usually within 90 days or less), you will know what options are available. One option might include case management. We have a lot of choices.
Adult Mental Health Case Management is considered a voluntary service and is available to those who qualify.
More resources and links
There are many mental health resources available within the county.
Find out more.