Northern Lakes CMH purchases children’s emergency mental health services (access, assessment and intervention, specialized emergency residential) through several community organizations.


We envision healthy families supported by a comprehensive, collaborative, community-based system of care.


Through investment and partnerships with community-based systems of care our mission is to provide a continuum of coordinated and integrated, culturally relevant, family centered services.


1. Children should not be harmed.

2. Child and family serving organizations commit both financial and human resources to strengthen families.

3. Services and treatment build upon strengths and involve family and community supports.

4. Families are key stakeholders in designing and implementing their child’s individualized plan.

5. We strive for community-based, least restrictive treatment by engaging the home, school, and community resources as the optimal method for providing care and support to children and families.

6. Positive outcomes are achieved through early intervention and evidence-based practices.

7. Services may be accessed through any agency within a well integrated system of care.

8. People will be treated with respect and acceptance for diversity and family culture.

9. Children with emotional disturbances should be ensured seamless transitions to the adult services system as they reach maturity.