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Dakota County Collaborative

The Dakota County Collaborative is an integrated children's mental health and family services collaborative that meets to establish an integrated system of care for children and support early intervention and prevention services in Dakota County. Partners include parents, community agencies, schools and County staff.
Parent support
National Alliance on Mental Illness – Minnesota sponsors monthly parent support groups, education classes, parent events, and parent leadership trainings for families of children with mental illness. They also offer individual parent support. For more information, contact the Dakota County Parent Leader at 651-645-2948 ext. 130 or
Programs & services supported
Each year, the Dakota County Collaborative distributes local collaborative time study (LCTS) funding to support early intervention and prevention services for children and families in Dakota County. The following are services and programs that the Collaborative supports:
  • FACTS Early Childhood Mental Health Program
  • NAMI-MN Parent Resources Program
  • Dakota County Healthy Families Intensive Home Visiting Program
  • 360 Communities Family Support Workers in ISD 6, 197, 192 and 194
  • ISD 191 - Headway Emotional Support Services
  • ISD 196 - Early Childhood Programming and School Based Mental Health Services & Planning
  • ISD 195 - School Social Work Services
  • ISD 200 - Family Support Worker
  • ISD 199 - Family Support Worker
  • Collaborative Administration
Community resources
The Collaborative maintains two resource directories. The Mental Health Resource List for Dakota County Children and Youth can be ordered by contacting the Collaborative Coordinator.  The Children and Family Resource Directory lists community resources available in Dakota County.
The InteragencyCollaborativeDirectory.pdfInteragency and Collaborative Directory,  lists the various community groups and interagency collaboratives that work to improve the outcomes of children, adults and families in Dakota County.

Contact information
For more information about the Collaborative or to receive monthly community resource emails, contact Janell Schilman, Collaborative Coordinator, at or call 952-891-7449.

Collaborative meetings
The purpose of the Dakota County Collaborative is to establish an integrated system of care for children.
Voting members include representative from 10 school districts, public health, community correction, social services and Head Start. Other non-voting partners include parents and community agencies. The partnership was formed more than 10 years ago to enhance the stability and health of children and families.
Location: Western Service Center, Apple Valley MN, Room 106
2016 meetings
Friday, Sept. 30, 8:30–10:30 a.m.
Friday, Nov. 18, 8:30–10:30 a.m.
Friday, Dec. 16, 8:30–10:30 a.m.

2017 meetings
Friday, Jan. 27, 8:30–10:30 a.m.
Friday, Feb. 25, 8:30–10:30 a.m.
Friday, April 28, 8:30–10:30 a.m.


Last updated: 9/19/2016 9:48 AM