Social Services Department - Children & Family Children's Mental Health o o o o o o Getting Help Eligibility Definition of Severe Emotional Disturbance (SED) What is a Diagnostic Assessment? Who to Call for Help Children's Mental Health & Family Service Collaborative Are You Worried About Your Child? Parenting is not always easy, especially if your child has emotional or behavioral challenges. It can be less difficult, however, if parents know how to find help for themselves and their child. All children go through rough times as they grow. They may have problems at school, with friends, or at home. Often parents can successfully help and support their children during these times. The following signs, when experienced on a sustained basis, may be reason for consulting with your child's doctor or a mental health professional: Frequent feelings of depression, unhappiness, or despair Feelings of anxiety or significant mood swings Frequent periods of confusion or forgetfulness Lack of interest in family, friends, or activities he or she used to enjoy Destruction of property Difficulty with concentration in school work and other activities Inability to make friends with other children Angry, belligerent behavior Getting Help Eligibility for Children’s Mental Health services through Lake of the Woods County Social Services will be determined based on the completion of a Diagnostic Assessment. The assessment provides the basis for your child’s eligibility for services with Lake of the Woods County. Eligibility Lake of the Woods County Social Services is dedicated to serving families in the least restrictive setting by identifying appropriate community-based resources to address the needs of our clients. Lake of the Woods County will provide eligible clients with case management services. Participation in these services is voluntary. The Minnesota Comprehensive Children’s Mental Health Act (1989), MN Stat. 245.487 to 245.4888, requires the county board to develop and coordinate a system of locally available and affordable children’s mental health services. One of these services is Case Management. The county board shall provide Case Management services for each child with severe emotional disturbance (SED) who is a resident of the county and the child’s family who request or consent to the services. (MN Stat. 245-4881. Subd. 1. Definition of a Child with Severe Emotional Disturbance -- SED (as specified in the Minnesota Comprehensive Children’s Mental Health Act, MN Statute 245.4871, Subd. 6): The child must be under 18; and Have been admitted within the last three years, or is at risk of being admitted, to an inpatient treatment or residential treatment for an emotional disturbance; or Be a Minnesota resident and receive inpatient treatment or residential treatment for an emotional disturbance through the interstate compact; or Have one of the following as determined by a mental health professional: 1. Psychosis or clinical depression; or 2. Be at risk of harming self or others as a result of an emotional disturbance; or 3. Exhibit psychopathological symptoms as a result of being a victim of physical or sexual abuse or of having experienced psychic trauma within the past year; OR The child, as a result of an emotional disturbance, has significantly impaired home, school, or community functioning that has lasted at least one year or that, in the written opinion of a mental health professional, presents substantial risk of lasting a least one year. The Diagnostic Assessment A diagnostic assessment is defined as a written evaluation by a mental health professional that includes: A child's current life situation and sources of stress, including reasons for referral. The history of the child's current mental health problem or problems, including important developmental incidents, strengths, and vulnerabilities. The child's current functioning and symptoms. The child's diagnosis including a determination of whether the child meets the eligibility criteria listed above. The mental health services needed by the child. (MN Statute 245.4871, Subd. 11) Who Do I Call for Help? To request an application for Children’s Mental Health Case Management, call Lake of the Woods County Social Services at 218-634-2642. A Social Worker will talk with you about your child’s needs and advise you of the application process for voluntary county services. You may also wish to consult with your school district's special education office for information on special initiatives funded through the Lake of the Woods County Children's Mental Health Collaborative.