People We Serve

The Minnesota Department of Human Services provides services for more than one million Minnesotans in 87 counties and 11 tribes.


About us

Direct Care and Treatment is a division of the Minnesota Department of Human Services. It consists of an array of residential and treatment programs serving people with mental illness, developmental disabilities, chemical dependency and traumatic brain injury as well as people who pose a risk to society. Currently, these services are provided at just under 200 geographically dispersed sites (PDF) throughout Minnesota.

Services are provided by more than 3,500 employees in a variety of roles such as psychiatrists, psychologists, nurses, human services technicians, occupational therapists, social workers, licensed chemical and dependency counselors. Direct Care and Treatment programs served almost 11,000 persons in fiscal year 2010.



Inclusive communities across Minnesota that are vibrant, sustainable, healthy and support people in effectively addressing their behavioral health needs allowing them to achieve their life goals.



Partnering with others, we provide and support innovative and responsive specialty services to people with complex behavioral health needs and challenges.



  • Person centeredness
  • Quality
  • Respect
  • Innovation
  • Responsibility/accountability
  • Teamwork
  • Partnering


To learn more about Minnesota's State Operated Services history in behavioral health care, read the The Evolution of State Operated Services (PDF).


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