Children's Mental Health

Children’s Mental Health

Children’s mental health case management is a voluntary service provided to children 0 to 21 years of age who have a severe emotional disturbance and who meet certain criteria determined by a mental health professional. The mental health issues that children might experience include: 

  • Having difficult relationships with peers or adults.
  • Controlling anger or aggression.
  • Managing worries or other troubling thoughts or feelings.
  • Being able to pay attention or focus.
  • Feeling sad or worthless.
  • Engaging in risky or self-injurious behavior.
  • Coping with significant losses, traumas or other major life events and changes.

A children’s mental health case manager can assist you and your child to:

  1. Determine if any mental health problems exist
  2. Help you find a qualified mental health professional to assess your child
  3. Work with your mental health professional to gather the necessary paperwork for case management qualification


Nicollet County’s children’s mental health services are designed to help support and improve children’s emotional well-being and development, relationships, and their ability to get along with others and function effectively at home, in school, and in the community. A case manager can help your child obtain needed mental health services, educational services, health services, vocational services, recreational services, and other related services.