Social Services - Children's Services

Children's Mental Health

Beltrami Area Service Collaborative contracts with Beltrami County Health and Human Services and works with local mental health providers, government agencies, schools, and primary care to provide prevention and intervention services to children in need of mental health support.

All children have both physical health needs and mental health needs. It is sometimes hard for parents to know if a behavior is normal or may be a deeper problem. 

Anger, fear, sadness, withdrawal, or opposition to authority are emotions felt and expressed by most children and adolescents. The disturbed child or adolescent displays negative behavior with greater intensity, more often, and with less reason. Behaviors which may point to deeper problems include:

1. Acting out behavior (self-abusive, aggressive, violent, disruptive, or cruel)

2. Withdrawing behavior (fears, depression, anxiety, refusing to talk, acting younger than age)

3. Defensive behavior (lying, cheating, manipulating others, avoiding others)

4. Disorganized behavior (out of touch with reality, seeing or hearing things that are not there, disconnected thinking or acting)

5. Eating disorders (poor body image, preoccupation with weight loss, self-induced vomiting or use of laxatives or diuretics)

The “Minnesota Comprehensive Children’s Mental Health Act” recognized that children do not always get the services they need. Beltrami County Human Services Agency provides case management services to assist eligible children and their families. The case manager will assist in a referral for a diagnostic assessment to determine the child’s mental health needs. A team approach is used to coordinate the services provided by all persons who are involved in the care, counseling, education, and treatment of the child.

Parents will be expected to participate in developing a comprehensive plan based on the child’s and family’s unique strengths and needs. This plan will be reviewed on a regular basis to determine if the goals for the child are being met and if other services are needed.

Case management and family community support services are voluntary, and may be accepted or refused by parents. If these services are refused, other mental health services and community resources continue to be available to the family if desired.

A variety of services are available and MAY be provided based on the individual needs of the child and family. They include:

Individual Case Coordination and Case Management
Diagnostic Assessment and Evaluation
Psychological Testing
Educational Consultation and Individual Educational Planning
Family-Based Therapy
Respite Care Services
Crisis Assistance
Coordinated Treatment Planning
Advocacy for Child and Family
Financial Assistance Referrals
Court Intervention Services
Information and Referral
Parent Education
Medication Monitoring
Development of Independent Living Skills
Assistance with Leisure and Recreational Activities


Children or adolescents must be younger than 18 years of age, have a defined emotional or behavioral problem, and meet the criteria for having a severe emotional disturbance as determined by a mental health professional. Factors which determine eligibility include:

Severity of mental health needs
Past inpatient or residential treatment, or risk of needing such treatment in the future
Risk of child harming self or others
Symptoms as a result of physical or sexual abuse in the past year
Effects on the child’s functioning in the home, school, and community


For more information about specific children's mental health disorders, please visit:

Community Agencies

Minnesota Department of Human Services - Children's Mental Health

Minnesota Statutes 245.487 on Children's Mental Health