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.
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
- TreeHouse & TreeHouse Next
- Dakota County Juvenile Service Center - 1000 Petals, Yoga Calm
- 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
- ISD 917-Therapuetic Education Alternatives (TEA)
- Collaborative Administration
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.
Interagency 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.
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.
Friday, Sept. 28, 8:30–10:30 a.m., Room 106
Friday, Nov. 16, 8:30–10:30 a.m., Room 106
Friday, Dec. 8:30–10:30 a.m., Room 106
Friday, Jan. 25, 8:30–10:30 a.m., Room 106
Friday, Feb. 22, 8:30–10:30 a.m., Room 106
Friday, April 26, 8:30–10:30 a.m., Room 106
School Mental Health Practice Group
This group improves service delivery and collaboration among the interagency partners that identify, refer and serve students through a variety of mental health supports available in the school and community. This group brings together mental health providers that provide school linked or school based mental health services to Dakota County Schools regardless of funding sources. This sub-committee of the Dakota County Collaborative meets the first Thursday of the month, 3-4:30 p.m. at the Dakota County Western Service Center, room 252.
Request a free presentation
The Dakota County Collaborative can present to your school district, organization, company, civic group, faith-based organization and parenting group. The Collaborative has a team of trained presenters available to deliver information on understanding adverse childhood experiences.
The presentation covers the neurobiology that explains why adverse childhood experiences impact health conditions later in life and what we can do to greatly improve health and resilience.
Presentation times vary from 45 minutes to two hours depending upon interest.
The presentation is free of charge to Dakota County community members. Grants are available to cover room rental, child care costs and refreshments for presentations to parents and caregivers. Please contact Janell Schilman, Interagency Coordinator at
Dakota County Healthy Communities Collaborative (DCHCC)
The Dakota County Healthy Communities Collaborative (DCHCC) brings together health care providers, county staff, school representatives, faith communities, law enforcement, nonprofits and other organizations to support health and well-being of Dakota County citizens. This collaborative is primarily a resource sharing and networking collaborative. In addition, DCHCC members plan the Annual South of the River Mental Health Summit, the Living Longer Summit and other educational events across the county. Contact information
For more information about the Dakota County Healthy Communities Collaborative (DCHCC), contact Shannon Bailey, Health Promotion Coordinator, at
Wednesday, Oct. 3, 8-9:30 a.m., Northern Service Center Room 110A
Wednesday, Dec. 5, 8-9:30 a.m.,Western Service Center Room 106
Wednesday, Feb. 6, 8-9:30 a.m., Northern Service Center Room 110A
Wednesday April 3, 8–9:30 a.m., Western Service Center, Room 106