Youth & Family Services

Having a youth that is facing mental health challenges can be difficult.  Hiawatha Valley Mental Health professionals are here for families to provide help and support early on in the youths life so skills can be learned to manage the mental health symptoms.  We provide services to youth and families starting at birth.


Hiawatha Valley Mental Health Center providers are trained in providing therapy services for youth and families.  In addition, we offer an array of  specialized practices including;

  • Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) an evidence-based treatment for children and adolescents impacted by trauma and their parents or caregivers.
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)  a form of psychotherapy treatment that has been demonstrated to be effective for a range of problems including depression, anxiety disorders, alcohol and drug use problems, marital problems, eating disorders and severe mental illness.
  • Child Parent Psychotherapy (CPP)  an evidence-based intervention program for children under the age of  6 years old who have experienced traumatic events and/or experiencing mental health, attachment, or behavioral problems.
  • Intensive Treatment in Foster Care (ITFC) is an intensive therapeutic program designed to help youth with significant mental health symptoms and impairments in their functional abilities who are currently living in family foster care settings.


Our psychiatry department helps youth 5 years of age and older, manage their mental health, whether it is working with a therapist or talking medications and working with a psychiatrist or a psychiatric nurse practitioner to maintain stability of their mental wellbeing.

Families seek help from a physiatrist for many reasons. The problems can be sudden, such as a panic attack, thoughts of suicide, or hearing voices.  Or they may be more long-term, such as feelings of sadness, hopelessness, or anxiousness that never seem to lift or problems functioning, causing everyday life to feel distorted or out of control.

School-Linked Behavioral Health Services

School-Linked Behavioral Health services are offered at numerous public and charter schools within the counties of Fillmore, Houston, Winona and Wabasha.  School-Linked therapists and skills practitioners meet with youth and their families in school to provide traditional therapy and therapeutic skills services.  In addition, we are also able to meet with youth and their families at their homes or at any of our clinic locations in Winona, Caledonia, Wabasha or Red Wing.  We also have an office in Rushford.  To receive School-Linked Behavioral Health services, the child must be ages 3 through 21 years old and enrolled in one of the schools we serve.

Children’s Therapeutic Services and Supports

Providers working in our Children’s Therapeutic Services and Supports program work with youth to manage emotional disturbances that impair or interfere with the youths ability to function independently.  Youth and families will learn skills in areas such as anger and aggression, following directions or rules, and building relationships with peers along with many other skill building areas.

Targeted Case Management

Our Target Case Managers work with the youth and family to develop a plan that best fits the youth’s mental wellbeing.  Through the team approach, we coordinated activities designed to help the youth with severe emotional disturbance and the youth’s family obtain needed mental health services, social services, health services, vocational services, recreational services and related services in the areas of volunteering, advocacy, transportation and legal.

Adolescent Substance Use Treatment Services

Our Out-Patient Substance Use program provides tools to help identify and address substance use problems, which may include; underage substance use, driving offenses, misuse of prescription medication, severe alcohol and other drug use disorders. We offer substance use assessments and individual substance use counseling, as well as treatment coordination (including referrals to in-patient substance abuse treatment programs and other outpatient treatment programs in the area, mental health services, and community resources). Substance use assessments and counseling services are available for adolescents as young as 9 years old.