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Crow Wing County begins pilot program to assist families with children's mental health concerns

Crow Wing County is piloting a new program to better assist families who have children with mental health concerns.

The Short-Term Children’s Mental Health program is designed to provide families with information about the diagnoses the family is dealing with, provide referrals to partner agencies and offer follow-up services to insure the family is receiving the appropriate assistance.

A Children’s Mental Health Worker assesses the family to determine whether short-term mental health services are appropriate.

“Not every family needs a high level of involvement from our agency,” said Kara Griffin, operations coordinator in the Customer Services Division. “Some just want information and referrals to community partners. This program gives them that option.”

Griffin said there is still the option for more intensive case management services for those families who have children with severe and persistent mental health concerns and who want additional services.

“This program provides parents with the choice of what services they believe are best for their child and family,” Griffin said.

For information on the Short-Term Children’s Mental Health Program, contact Emily Charpentier at 218-824-1042 or visit the county website at

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