Several weeks ago I posted about urgent mental health resources for people with schizophrenia and related disorders. This post is a follow-up, a post about less urgent, more long-term resources. Please note some of these resources may not be available for those who live outside of Minnesota. Also, while I have tried to make sure all this information is updated and accurate, sometimes things change without my knowledge, please let me know if there are any errors in this list.
Getting yourself or your loved one the right treatment as soon as possible will minimize the illness’s impact. However, because of the nature of the illness, some people with schizophrenia don’t believe they have a problem and resist the treatment they need. The book “I Am Not Sick, I Don’t Need Help” by Xavier Amador gives some very useful advice on this subject.
In this second list is information about therapists, CADI waivers, home health nurses, ARMHS workers, and Community Support Programs. Look in the coming weeks for part 3, which addresses housing, foster care providers, PCAs, and job training.
Many people with a schizophrenia disorder can benefit from some sort of talk therapy. They often do best in a large clinic with clinicians who are experienced with their specific issues; I specialize in working with people with psychotic disorders and do individual, family, and group therapy at Psych Recovery in St. Paul. Here is a list of clinics that commonly provide services to people with schizophrenia:
- Psychiatric Recovery- 651-645-3115, www.psychrecoveryinc.com
- Associated Clinic of Psychology- 612-925-6033, www.acp-mn.com
- Canvas Health- 612-676-1604 www.canvashealth.org
- Mental Health Resources- 651-659-2900, www.mhresources.org
- South Metro Human Services- 651-291-1979, www.south-metro.org
- Hennepin County Mental Health Center 612-596-9438
- Mental Health Systems, 952-835-2002, www.mhs-pc.com
- Hamm Clinic-651-224-0614, www.hammclinic.org
Community Alternatives for Disabled Individuals (CADI) Waivers are a separate program that offers funding for home and community-based services with the goal of keeping people with serious mental illness out of the hospital or other institutions. More information can be found here and here. If possible, you want to get a case manager/social worker to help you with this application, but if none is available, the client can fill out the application here. For a list of county offices that may be able to assist you, call 1‑866‑333‑2466.
Home health nurses:
Home health care nurses are nurses who come to the client’s home and set up their medications in a weekly pill container. The nurse can also assess the client’s physical and mental health. These home health nurses can be requested by physicians (in order to get covered by insurance) or a case manager. Another way to get a home health nurse is to request a waivered program assessment from the county. There are several programs that the consumer may be able to access and the county is required to complete an assessment if one is requested. The waiver programs offer financial programs for in-home services to help individuals with mental or physical disabilities continue to live in their homes. To request a waiver program, call the county at the number listed in the case manager section. Finally, a person can call a home health nursing agency (e.g. Abbey Health Care, Aspen Medical, Dakota Valley) themselves and ask for an assessment as well.
Adult Rehabilitative Mental Health Services (ARMHS) workers:
If a client has Medical Assistance, they may qualify for an ARMHS worker. A case manager can make the referral, or the client can call to an agency that offers ARMHS services. The referring agency will do an intake and assess the need and do a treatment plan. Usually issues that allow an ARMHS worker to assist is with paperwork, budgeting, maintaining an apartment, and other independent living skills. For a list of ARMHS providers by county, see here.
Community Support Programs
These are programs offering various resources like case management, housing assistance, and drop-in centers. Drop-in centers-these are like clubs for people with mental illnesses, they are places where people can go where people won’t judge them, there are many recreational activities and social opportunities available through these centers. The following is a list of drop-in centers, listed by county.
- Bridgeview CSP at 7920 University Ave. NE Fridley, MN 55432 call 763-783-7440 (free transportation available)
- First Street Center at 540 East First St., Waconia, MN 55387, call 952-442-4437
- Guild CSP at 130 South Wabasha Street, Suite 90,St. Paul, MN 55107, call 651- 291-0067
- Horizons CSP at 3450 O’Leary Lane, Eagan, 55123, call 651-395-5783
- Resource CSP at 651 University Ave. W., St. Paul, 55104, call 612-752-8670
- Charaka CSP at 7888 12th Avenue South, Bloomington, 55425, call 612-752-8350
- Lighthouse CSP at 1825 Chicago Ave. S, Minneapolis, 55404, call 612-752-8200
- Northside CSP at 1309 Girard Ave. N, Minneapolis, 55411, call 612-521-2116
- Plymouth Drop-In at 1900 Nicollet Ave., Minneapolis, MN 55403 call 612-977-1282
- Northwest CSP at 7000 57th Avenue North, Suite 100, in Crystal, call 612-752-8300
- Seward CSP at 2105 Minnehaha Ave., Minneapolis, 55404, call 612-333-0331
- Vail Place-Hopkins at 809 Mainstreet, Hopkins, 55343, call 952-938-9622
- Vail Place-Minneapolis at 1412 W. 36th St., Minneapolis, 55408, call 612-824-8061
- Anchor Center at 742 Canterbury Road S., Shakopee, 55430, call Cindy at 952-496-8541