Emotional health is a significant component of our overall health and is important at every stage of life — from childhood and adolescence through adulthood. It affects how we think, feel, act and how we respond to stress.
Mental health concerns during childhood affects 1 in 5 children and commonly include attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), anxiety and behavior disorders. It can make it difficult for a child to learn, behave and function throughout the day.
Eligibility of services
Some children may be eligible for ongoing support from a children's mental health case management social worker. Case management services provide navigation and coordination to help children who have mental health concerns get the support and treatment they need.
For those who qualify, case management is provided at no cost. Other recommended services such as individual and family therapy and medical management are generally covered by medical insurance.
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.
Know the warning signs
- Angry, belligerent behavior.
- Destruction of property.
- Difficulty concentrating.
- Feelings of anxiety or significant mood swings.
- Frequent feelings of depression, unhappiness or despair.
- Frequent periods of confusion or forgetfulness.
- Inability to make friends with other children.
- Lack of interest in family, friends or activities they enjoy.
Mental health resources
For community resources available in Dakota County, see the Mental Health Resource List for Dakota County Children and Youth (Spanish).
Children's Mental Health Local Advisory Council
Dakota County has a Children’s Mental Health Local Advisory Council to advise the County Board on local children’s mental health service needs. For more information, see the
Local Advisory Council page.