Behavioral Health Services

NorthStar offers a wide arrange of Behavioral Health Services to assist people with achieving their best possible lives. These services utilize a multidisciplinary approach to best serve individuals through all areas of their life for ultimate success.

The purpose of ARMHS is to help the client learn to use mental health, health care and community resources to better manage symptoms, meet their independent living needs, and achieve a higher quality of life. ARMHS practitioners do not provide direct care services such as housekeeping, personal care or transportation directly to clients. Rather, they connect the client with community and health care resources and teach them how to use these services and advocate for their needs.


ARMHS services are supervised by qualified mental health professionals and coordinate with other mental health services, health care providers, housing, vocational and community services.

How does it help?

Qualified ARMHS practitioners meet with clients one to five hours per week. Together with the client, the practitioner develops a Functional Assessment and Treatment Plan focused on the client’s self-identified goals and recovery vision. ARMHS practitioners also provide assistance in the following areas:


  • Coping with mental health symptoms
  • Accessing other mental health care services
  • Advocating for needs with health care providers
  • Medication education and monitoring
  • Basic social and living skills
  • Interpersonal and self-advocacy skills
  • Parenting skills
  • Healthy socialization and leisure skills
  • Personal care and independent living skills
  • Financial resources and money management
  • Obtaining and maintaining housing
  • Obtaining and using transportation
  • Employment readiness
  • Educational preparedness
  • Addressing food insecurity


Who is eligible?

Eligible recipients for ARMHS must:

  • Be 18 years old or older
  • Be diagnosed with a serious mental illness
  • Have a significant impairment in functioning
  • Have completed a recent diagnostic assessment with ARMHS recommendation
  • Insured by a Minnesota Health Care Programs (MA, PMAP, SNBC)


Where is it offered?

NorthStar Community Services currently provides ARMHS in St. Louis, Carlton, Pine and Kanabec Counties. This service can be provided in the community, in-home, or at one of our office locations.

Psychotherapy is a type of treatment that can help individuals experiencing a wide array of mental health conditions and emotional challenges. Psychotherapy can help not only alleviate symptoms, but also, certain types of psychotherapies can help identify the psychological root causes of one’s condition so a person can function better and have enhanced emotional well-being and healing.


Conditions that can be helped by psychotherapy include coping with stressful life events, the impact of trauma, medical illness or loss such as the death of a loved one; and specific mental health conditions such as depression or anxiety. There are several different types of psychotherapy and some types may work better with certain clinical situations. Psychotherapy may be used in combination with medication or other therapies.


How does it help?

Psychotherapy can be short-term or long-term and provide help with a variety of symptoms and life difficulties. Psychotherapy can help with the following:

  • Identifying and coping with symptoms of a variety of mental health conditions such as depression, anxiety, and others
  • Dealing with grief or loss
  • Improving relationships
  • Replacing ineffective thinking, behaviors and habits with new thoughts and behaviors that improve functioning
  • Supplementing treatment with medication to improve outcomes


Who is eligible?

  • Adults and Children
  • Minnesota Health Care Programs (MHCP) members must have a diagnosis of mental illness as determined by a diagnostic assessment.
    • Exception: The initial diagnostic assessment allows for a member to be eligible to receive up to three sessions of a combination of individual or family psychotherapy or family psychoeducation before the provider completes the diagnostic assessment.


Where is it offered?

NorthStar Community Services is currently seeing clients in-person in Barnum, MN. 

Clients can also be seen by a therapist via telehealth.

Medication management is a comprehensive evaluation focusing on symptom resolution and potential options for medication(s) to improve health outcomes. The process aims to assist clients in establishing and maintaining neuro-chemical stability as an effective catalyst to improve psychotherapy outcomes. Medication evaluation is a continuous process. Your board-certified nurse practitioner will assess your medications at each visit and make adjustments as needed.

How does it work?

Medication management begins with a formal evaluation of symptoms and review of medical history, as well as a review of past and current medication and supplements. Once all the data is collected, the provider will have a detailed discussion with you to determine what options best fit your needs.  

Your provider will discuss a comprehensive treatment plan with you, that includes having regularly scheduled follow up visits to assess your progress. Continuous review and care are essential in maintaining a successful treatment.

Adult mental health targeted case management (AMH-TCM) services help adults with serious and persistent mental illness (SPMI) gain access to needed medical, social, educational, vocational, and other necessary services as they relate to the recipient’s mental health needs. AMH-TCM services include developing a functional assessment and individual community support plan, referring and assisting the recipient in obtaining needed mental health and other services, ensuring coordination of services, and monitoring the delivery of services.

How does it help?

Case managers assess clients’ functioning and needs for services. Case Managers meet with clients monthly or more if needed to assess, coordinate, and assist the client in gaining access to services using a person-centered approach. AMH-TCM does not provide direct care services such as housekeeping, personal care or transportation.. When a client needs these services, the case manager will identify resources and make referrals to services that meet the client’s needs. 

The role of the case manager is to:

  • Assessing the person’s needs, goals and the impact of the mental illness, and utilizing the client’s strengths and progress
  • Establining and updating goal-related plans of the ICSP with the client
  • Referring and linking to resources, services, and formal and informal supports
  • Coordinating with other service providers and natural supports the client identifies as being important to the client’s recovery process
  • Monitoring the effectiveness of the plan and the services provided to the client
  • Discussing the progress made toward goals and recovery with the client and clinical supervisor


Who is eligible?

Eligible recipients for AMH-TCM must:

  • Be 18 years old or older
  • Have a serious or persistent mental illness (SPMI) Or have a severe emotional disturbance (SED)
  • Have completed a diagnostic assessment within the last 3 years and have an AMH-TCM recommendation
  • Insured by a Minnesota Health Care Programs (MA, PMAP, SNBC)

Where is it offered?

NorthStar Community Services currently provides AMH-TCM in St. Louis County. This service can be provided in the community, in-home, or at one of our office locations.

NorthStar provides Early Intensive Developmental and Behavioral Intervention (EIDBI) services that are medically necessary for elementary aged children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and related conditions using Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy at our farm location.  Purpose of EIDBI is to educate, train and support parents and families, promote independence and participation in family, school and community life, as well as improve long-term outcomes and quality of life for people and their families.

How does it help?

EIDBI is intensive interventions with children and young adults who have autism and related conditions, as well as counseling and training for their parents and caregivers. EIDBI is a set of targeted and formal interventions intended to improve: 

  • Behavioral challenges and self-regulation 
  • Cognition 
  • Functional Communication
  • Learning and Play 
  • Safety 
  • Self-care 
  • Social or interpersonal interaction

Who is eligible?

Eligible recipients for EIDBI Services must:

  • Have a Diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) or related condition. 
  • Have a Comprehensive Evaluation: They will have a comprehensive multidisciplinary evaluation (CMDE) that determines if they meet the medical necessity for EIDBI Services. One may be completed at NorthStar if CMDE has not been completed within the last 3 years. 
  • The individual must be enrolled in Medical Assistance (MA), MinnesotaCare, Minnesota Tax Equity and Fiscal Responsibility Act (TEFRA), or other qualifying health care programs 
  • Under the age of 21

NorthStar will provide occupational therapy services to primarily children and adolescents with physical, sensory, or cognitive issues through a rehabilitative process focusing on increasing participation and/or developing skills needed for learning, playing, and completing daily activities to increase independence. In addition to conventional therapy approaches, NCS therapy staff utilize animal and nature based approaches to enhance treatment and facilitate functional outcomes.

Children’s Therapeutic Services and Supports (CTSS) program is a ­flexible package of mental health services for children who require varying therapeutic and rehabilitative levels of care in the state of Minnesota. Our child therapy program incorporates a systemic approach and addresses the conditions of emotional disturbance that impair an individual’s ability to function. For children with emotional disturbances, rehabilitation means that services are provided to restore the child to a level of functioning that they either had or would have achieved if normal development had not been impaired by a mental health disorder.

How does it work?

Children’s Therapeutic Supports and Services, as described in the MHCP manual here, works by:

  • Skills training focuses on helping the client learn specific skills to help minimize the symptoms of their mental health diagnosis.
  • Psychotherapy can be provided individually, as a family, or group and focuses on measurable goals for the client and the entire family system.
  • Behavioral Aide services to practice, repeat, reintroduce and master these skills.

CTSS also includes Crisis Assistance services, which help the child’s family and all providers of the child to successfully prepare for and prevent or respond to potential crises.

Who is eligible?

To be eligible for CTSS, recipients must:

  • be under 21 years old
  • have a diagnostic assessment current within the previous 365 days that identifies a primary diagnosis of an emotional disturbance or mental illness for which treatment with CTSS is medically necessary to:
    • restore a child or adolescent to an age-appropriate developmental trajectory that had been disrupted by a psychiatric illness; or
    • enable the child to self-monitor, compensate for, cope with, counteract, or replace psychosocial skills, deficits or maladaptive skills acquired over the course of a psychiatric illness.

Services consist of developing, implementing, and monitoring a person-centered, individually designed, proactive plan to address challenging behaviors. A waiver-positive support professional develops this plan to enhance a person’s quality of life through the process of teaching or increasing positive behavior. When possible, the person leads the process to develop a positive behavior support plan and/or positive support transition plan.

This is an additional service for our residential program clients. 

Connect with our Behavioral Health Services Team

Jamie Linberg: Operations Manager


Phone: (218) 600-5303

Sierra Nelson: Clinic Manager


Phone: (218) 249-1280

JoAnn Myhre: Director of Adult Outpatient Services


Phone: (218) 894-7351

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