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The Behavioral Health Department oversees efforts to engage the community in issues related to mental health. The staff provides information and resources to the community and other professionals and supports the following community collaborations:

Mental Health Consortium (MHC) of Carver County: The MHC is a community response to increase awareness of mental health services and suicide prevention resources. The group is comprised of health care providers and representatives from local schools, county government, law enforcement, and the faith community. Their vision includes creating community partnerships among private and public agencies, consumers, and community members to promote mental health as a critical component of overall wellness through education, early identification and intervention, and awareness of crisis and treatment services. For more information on the MHC, call the Behavioral Health Department at (952) 442-4437.

Mental Health Local Advisory Council (LAC): The Carver County LAC is comprised of mental health consumers, family members of consumers, and providers. Its mission is to advise Carver County commissioners regarding mental health policies, programs, and needs. Members review and evaluate existing services and listen to mental health consumers, providers, and organizations in order to determine unmet needs within the county. The LAC meets the second Tuesday of every month from 4-6 p.m. at the First Street Center in Waconia. Meetings are open to the public, people interested in mental health issues and services are encouraged to attend.

For more information, please contact co-chairs Derek Gunderson (Chair) at Derekgunderson38@gmail.com or Eddie Tipton (Vice-Chair) at etipton9756@msn.com.

Scott-Carver Adult Mental Health Initiative (AMHI): The AMHI is a community response to guide and support efforts to develop, implement, and administer community-based adult mental health services in the two-county region. It provides planning and support for the Adult Mental Health and Community Support Program services that serve county residents with serious and persistent mental illness. The program goal is to assist people to live as comfortably, productively, and independently as possible in their home community.  This is accomplished by providing a number of related services including:

  • Adult Mental Health Case Management
  • Medication Monitoring
  • Crisis Prevention Assistance
  • Employability/Work-Related Opportunities
  • Assistance in Independent-Living Skills
  • Housing Support Services
  • Social, Recreation, and Education Services

The Adult Mental Health Initiative invites residents who have received mental health services and/or their family members to give their input at meetings and help shape the development of Adult Mental Health Services.  AMHI meetings are held on the third Wednesday of every other month from 2 to 4 p.m.  More information is available by calling the Adult Mental Health Program Supervisor at 952-442-3010.