About Us

region v+

Who Are We?

The Region V+ Mental Health Initiative serves people in Central Minnesota—specifically, those in Aitkin, Cass, Crow Wing, Morrison, Todd, Wadena counties, and Leech Lake Band and Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe tribal nations. We focus on improving mental health in our communities by providing access to affordable support and services through local resources and education.

What are our goals?

  1. Reduce hospitalizations
  2. Reduce hold order costs
  3. Support consumer independent living
  4. Expand outreach and educational efforts
  5. Increase community resources
  6. Provide services in all six counties
  7. There is no “wrong door” to access services, and all providers know how to obtain access to all services
  8. All client services are self-directed whenever and to the maximum degree possible
  9. All services are provided in the least restrictive environment (in compliance with the Olmstead Decision of the US Supreme Court)
  10. Effective support is provided at the right time and in the right place
  11. Programs and services will incorporate a holistic view of mental and physical health
  12. Programs shall seek to decrease the amount and duration of involuntary services (under commitment or duress)
  13. Services shall be provided in a cost-effective way

What does our Executive Committee do?

  • Develops and implements the policy and procedures for the biennial Adult Mental Health Grant Application
  • Budgets for the multi-county area based on the individual county and tribal nation mental health Annual Plans, the regional planning activities of the Board, and the input from consumers through the regional LAC and area mental health consumer organizations
  • Identifies adult mental health service needs and the development of mechanisms for multi-county program development, evaluation, coordination, and implementation when seen as feasible, by participating counties or tribal nations; including any other mental health related programs and/or Minnesota Department of Health special project grants which come within the jurisdiction of the Board
  • Contracts for services from private firms, non-profit corporations, state and local government agencies, sovereign tribal nations, community agencies, qualified individuals, or other sources

What are our policies?