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Mental Health

“It is perfectly okay to admit you are not okay”

                                                      -Author Unknown

For crisis assistance and referrals to crisis facilities, contact our crisis numbers:

     Adults: 1-800-422-0045        Youth: 218-395-0177

     Or call 9-8-8 to reach the Suicide Prevention Hotline 

  • Can assist during a mental health crisis
  • May come directly to the home/facility
  • Can assist with resource connections, such as mental health hospitalizations, stabilization services and ongoing support
  • Staffed 24/7 by local social service agency

Mental Health services include intervention, maintenance and support of mentally ill persons. A social worker can provide services to an adult with a serious and persistent mental illness. If eligible, services may include:

  • Information and referral
  • Case Management

Children’s mental health services are voluntary services available to children age 0-21 in Minnesota. This includes identifying children with needs at the earliest possible time, assisting families to complete comprehensive diagnostic assessments and engaging them in supports and services to appropriately address their children’s mental health needs.  Lake of the Woods County Social Services provides this case management service to assist eligible children and their families. The case manager will assist in a referral for a diagnostic assessment to determine the child’s mental health needs. A team approach is used to coordinate the services provided by all persons who are involved in the care, counseling, education, and treatment of the child.

Parents will be expected to participate in developing a comprehensive plan based on the child’s and family’s unique strengths and needs. This plan will be reviewed on a regular basis to determine if the goals for the child are being met and if other services are needed.

Case management and family community support services are voluntary, and may be accepted or refused by parents. If these services are refused, other mental health services and community resources continue to be available to the family if desired.

To request services or receive additional information, please call 218-634-2642 and ask to speak to a children’s mental health worker. For after hours child protection or children’s mental health emergencies, please call 218-395-0177.

Social Services can assist families with parenting difficulties or child behavioral issues, minor parents, and families with emotionally disturbed children. Depending on eligibility and availability, services may include:

  • Case management
  • In-home family/parenting support and guidance
  • Information and referral

Psychiatry – A psychiatrist is a medical doctor who specializes in taking care of your mental health. Psychiatrists are trained to diagnose and treat psychiatric disorders. They can prescribe medications and run medical tests.

  • Provider(s):
    • Schackman Kramer & Associates –  Appointment Location: Lake of the Woods County Social Services   218-751-0887
    • Dr. Mark Tsibulsky with Sanford Behavioral Health Thief River Falls, MN. This service is provided via telemedicine through CHI Lakewood Health located at 600 Main Ave South Baudette, MN. To make initial appointment/referral please call the Sanford BH office in TRF, MN at 218-681-4240.

Counseling/Psychology – If you’re struggling with life’s stressors and in need of care, meet with a counselor/psychologist regarding your mental, emotional, and behavioral health. These professionals diagnose and treat mental health conditions without medication. They use psychotherapy to teach you skills that help you cope with your mental health.

  • Provider(s):
    • Schackman Kramer & Associates – Appointment Location: Lake of the Woods County Social Services   218-751-0887
    • Lifecare Behavioral Health – 715 Delmore Drive  Roseau, MN  218-463-4732
    • Northland Counseling – 900 5th St. #305  International Falls, MN   218-283-3406
    • Cedar Branch Counseling Group – 2232 2nd Ave E  International Falls, MN 56649   218-319-7171
    • Stellher Human Services – Baudette, MN   218-444-2845
    • CHI Lakewood Behavioral Health – 600 Main Ave S  Baudette, MN   218-634-3491

Community Based Services- Adult Rehabilitative Mental Health Services (ARMHS)/Community Support Program Services (CSP)

Designed to assist individuals whose abilities are impaired by the symptoms of their mental health disorder, these rehabilitative services enable the recipient to develop and enhance psychiatric stability by:

  • Building basic living and social skills to allow the recipient to function more independently
  • Personal and emotional adjustment
  • Medication education
  • Assistance with transitioning to community living
  • Crisis assistance
  • Assistance in applying and obtaining community resources such as government benefits or housing support services

          Provider(s): Sanford TRF Behavioral Health Services  218-683-4351


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Amy S. Ballard
206 8th Ave SE, Suite #200

PHONE: 634-2642
FAX: 634-4520

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The Social Services Office is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. To file a child protection report after hours, call Law Enforcement at 218-634-1143 or our after hours children’s emergency response number at 218-395-0177. We accept collect calls before 4:30 pm.


As of June 29, 2020 the Lake of the Woods County Government Center and Facilities are open normal hours.

Landfill Hours: 8-4 Monday - Friday and 8-Noon on Saturday and excepting demo now.

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