This is a voluntary service provided by the county to children 0 to 18 years of age who have an emotional disturbance and who meet certain qualifications for services. County intake can assist you and your child to:
- Determine if any mental health problems exist
- Help you find a qualified mental health professional to assess your child
- Work with your mental health professional to gather the necessary paperwork for qualification
Is Your Child Exhibiting Signs of Emotional or Behavioral Problems?
As a parent raising children can be a difficult task as it is but when dealing with children that have emotional or behavioral problems obtaining the right help can make things less difficult for themselves as well as for the child.
Most children go through periods during their growth in dealing with their home life, school and also with classmates and friends. During most of these times the parents can successfully help and support their children with any issues that do arise. The following signs though when experienced on a frequent basis are often signs where there may be reason enough to consult with your child's doctor or with 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 they used to enjoy
- Destruction of property
- Difficulty with concentration at school and other activities
- Inability to create or sustain friendships with other children
- Angry and belligerent behavior
The Diagnostic Assessment
A diagnostic assessment is 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 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 Le Sueur County Intake at (507)357-8228. An intake screener will talk with you about your child's needs and advise you of the application process for voluntary county services.