Minnesota Collaboratives Strategic Framework
The Minnesota Legislature established Children’s Mental Health Collaboratives (CMHCs) and Family Services Collaboratives (FSCs) in 1993 as innovative approaches to address the needs of children and youth who face complex problems involving them and their families with multiple service systems. There are currently 90 state-sanctioned Collaboratives serving communities across Minnesota. Collaboratives promote promising prevention and early intervention strategies through an expansive public health approach encompassing all developmental dimensions of well-being (cognitive, social, emotional/behavioral, physical, environmental, economic, spiritual, and educational/vocational).
Children’s Mental Health and Family Services Collaboratives share similar goals of reducing gaps and barriers to accessing resources/services and assuring resources/services cut across traditional boundaries. However, they each have slightly different target populations, geographic areas of coverage, and purposes. Minnesota statute directs CMHCs to establish an integrated mental health service system to target the multisystem needs of children and youth with or at risk for mental health concerns and their families. Minnesota statute directs FSCs to focus on addressing health, educational, developmental, and family-related needs of all children and youth.
Collaboratives’ integrated funds blend public and private resources (financial and in-kind). LCTS (Local Collaborative Time Study) funding comprises the majority of each Collaborative’s integrated fund. Collaboratives develop or expand prevention and early intervention services with these resources.