Hiawatha Valley Mental Health Center’s Children’s Community Based Services department provides exceptional care for children and families to assist with mental health intervention strategies and skill building techniques to build resilience with children and families. We work to provide positive behavior intervention strategies to assist children and families in coping with mental illness. We are community based and able to meet children and families where they need us the most whether that is at home, in their school or in their community.

Our School Linked/Based Mental Health Services are offered at numerous public and charter schools within the counties of Fillmore, Houston, Winona and Wabasha. Our School Linked/Based therapist and skills practitioners meet with the children and their families in school to provide traditional therapy and therapeutic skills services. In addition, we are also able to meet with children and their families at their homes or at any of our clinic locations in Winona, Caledonia, Rushford, Wabasha or Red Wing.

In order to qualify for Children’s Community Based Services, children need to be qualified for services by completing a Diagnostic Assessment to determine a mental health diagnosis.

Our Children’s Community Based Services department also offers Intensive Treatment in Foster Care (ITFC).  It is a bundle service for children who are in a family foster care setting with a mental illness, diagnosis and require intensive intervention.  The bundled service includes psychotherapy, psychoeducation, clinical consultation and crisis assistance.  ITFC therapist(s) utilize Child-Parent Psychotherapy (CPP) or Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) depending on the age and needs of the child.  We offer this service in Winona, Fillmore, Houston and Winona Counties.

Forms

Children’s Therapeutic Services and Supports (CTSS) Referral
School Linked/Based Mental Health Services Referral
Intensive Treatment in Foster Care (ITFC) Referral
Children Case Management Referral
Family Group Decision Making Referral

FAQ

We provide mental health services including individual, family and group therapy as well as individual, family and group skills for children aged preschool through graduation and up to age 21 in certain cases. Our Winona County and Fillmore County Children’s Mental Health Case Management Department provides Children’s Mental Health Case Management services for children from infancy through age 21.

Hiawatha Valley Mental Health Center’s School Linked/Based Mental Health Services is funded by a Department of Human Services grant. A requirement of this grant is that Hiawatha Valley Mental Health Center bills your insurance first and whatever remaining balance is left, will be covered by grant funds. Therefore, there will be no charge to families for use of School Linked/Based Mental Health Services.

Children’s Mental Health Case Management services is only covered by Medical Assistance or Manage Care, however, there are exceptions to this on a case by case basis and our intake specialists will guide you through this exception’s process.

Fillmore County:

  • Rushford-Peterson School District
  • Mabel-Canton School District
  • Chatfield School District

Houston County:

  • Spring Grove School District
  • Houston School District
  • La Crescent-Hokah School District

Winona County:

  • Ridgeway Community School
  • Bluffview Montessori School
  • Riverway Learning Community – office appointments only
  • Washington-Kosciusko Elementary School
  • Jefferson Elementary School
  • Goodview Elementary School
  • Winona Middle School
  • Winona Senior High School
  • Winona Area Learning Center (ALC)
  • Lewiston-Altura School District
  • St. Charles School District

School Linked/Based Mental Health Services are offered at numerous public and charter schools within the counties of Fillmore, Houston, Winona and Wabasha.  The School Linked/Based therapists and skills practitioners meet with children and their families in school to provide traditional therapy and therapeutic skills services.  In addition, we are also able to meet with children and their families at their homes or at any of our office locations in Winona, Caledonia, Rushford, Wabasha or Red Wing.

To make a referral or if you have questions contact Intensive Treatment in Foster Care Coordinator, Andy Bohlman at 507-961-8368 or AndyB@hvmhc.org

Family Group Decision Making recognizes the importance of involving family groups in decision making about child(ren) who need protection or care, and it can be initiated by service providers and/or community organizations whenever a critical decision about a child or youth is required.  Through the process, a trained coordinator who is independent of the case, brings together the family group and the service providers to create and carry out a plan to safeguard child(ren) and other family members.  The process is not conflict-resolution approaches, therapeutic interventions or forums for ratifying professionally crafted decisions.  Rather, Family Group Decision Making processes are actively seek the collaboration and leadership of family groups in crafting and implementing plans that meet the child/youth needs.