Adult Programs

Adult & Child Case Management

Carlton, Lake and St. Louis Counties contract with HDC to provide case management services to adults and children with serious mental health issues. Case managers work closely with individuals and families to help them access needed supports and services to maximize independence, mental health, and community integration.

Available Locations: Carlton, Lake, St. Louis

Adult Rehabilitative Mental Health Services (ARMHS)

The Adult Rehabilitative Mental Health Services (ARMHS) program provides rehabilitation services to individuals so they can live independently in the community or gain skills in order to live independently. Services are provided to people who have a mental illness, have difficulty in their ability to live independently and meet the medical necessity criteria for the service. Participants must be a recipient or be eligible for Minnesota’s Medical Assistance (MA) or PMAP Health Plan programs.

Available Locations: Carlton, Cook, Lake, St. Louis

Behavioral Health Home Services

A Behavioral Health Home (BHH) is an innovative, integrated healthcare service delivery model that is recovery-oriented, person and family centered. It allows for better individual experience and better outcomes than those achieved in traditional services. It is a healthcare service, not a physical home.

Our BHH Team collaborates with the individual and healthcare providers to develop an individualized plan of care. Coordination with behavioral health, primary care, family practice, pediatric, and all healthcare providers is key to the services in the Behavioral Health Home model.

BHH serves all ages.

Available Locations: Carlton, Cook, Lake, St. Louis

Community Support Program (CSP) – Minnesota

Community Support Program (CSP) services are provided to adults with serious and persistent mental illness (SPMI). Services provided include: independent living skills, benefits assistance, vocational support, medication and symptom monitoring, outreach, housing assistance, crisis assistance, and psycho-social rehabilitation. Referrals for these services must be made by a physician, therapist, or mental health case manager.

Available Locations: Carlton, Cook, Lake, St. Louis

Community Support Program (CSP) – Wisconsin

The primary goal of the Community Support Program is to assist consumers in recovery from their mental illness. Interventions include supportive therapy, medication management, education regarding mental illness, assistance with learning needed skills, finding and maintaining affordable housing and general case management. Program services are primarily provided on an outreach basis with services typically occurring in the home or in the community.

Available Locations: Douglas

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

DBT is a cognitive-behavior treatment model developed specifically for treating individuals who meet criteria for Borderline Personality Disorder. Using the DBT model, individuals learn to regulate their emotions and reactions, learn self-acceptance, and learn how to positively influence their environment. Group therapy is available at 1401 East First Street, Duluth, MN office only.

Available Locations: St. Louis

Duluth ACT Program

Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) teams provide the most intensive community services available. Services are provided to clients with a SMI or SPMI diagnosis who are referred by the St. Louis County Social Services mental health unit. Staff to client ratio is 1/10, services are available 7 days a week, and include but are not limited to, medication management, psychiatry, case management, substance abuse treatment, crisis intervention, employment support, independent living skills training, and housing support. Services are based on individual needs of the client and provided primarily in the client’s home.

Available Locations: St. Louis

Eating Disorders Treatment

Eating disorders are highly complex, bio-psychosocial problems which require specialized care for effective treatment. The Human Development Center’s Eating Disorders Treatment Program, led by Dr. Carolyn Phelps, provides expert specialized care to people of all ages suffering from Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, and Binge Eating/Compulsive Overeating, regardless of gender. We provide help to females and males of all ages, who:

  • Self starve
  • Diet constantly
  • Purge, vomit, use laxatives or diet pills
  • Binge eat or eat compulsively
  • Over-exercise
  • Over-train
  • Have body image problems
  • Think obsessively or excessively about food, weight, shape and/or physical appearance
  • Are experiencing problems after bariatric surgery

We also address the special needs of eating disordered athletes, dancers, and patients with co-existing and co-complicating medical (e.g., diabetes) and psychological (e.g., depression, anxiety) problems.

The Eating Disorders Treatment Program offers the following services:

  • Comprehensive Assessment
  • Individual Outpatient Therapy
  • Intensive Outpatient Therapy
  • Family/Couples Therapy
  • Consultation
  • Psychological Evaluation for Bariatric Surgery
  • Training and Education

Confidential, expert, professional help is available by calling (218) 728-4491

Available Locations: St. Louis

Employment Connection Program

The purpose of the Human Development Center’s Employment Connection is to provide the highest quality of vocational rehabilitation services to consumers in our region. These services are designed to enhance the quality of consumer’s lives through assisting with obtaining and maintaining meaningful employment. We believe that “work is therapy” and all persons have the capacity to be productive members of their community, given the necessary supports.

We provide community placement services that assist clients to define vocational goals, and then find and maintain competitive employment in the community. One of our tools is an employment model called IPS (Individualized Placement and Support) which is up to three times more effective than any other available employment service. By focusing on IPS’s eight principles, we assist in searching for, finding, and maintaining employment. The Employment Connection is a vocational program that is specially designed to help adults with mental illness (MI), serious mental illness (SMI), and serious and persistent mental illness (SPMI) find and keep employment in the community. Our referral sources are the State of Minnesota Rehabilitation Services Office, HDC agency providers, other mental health providers, and self-referrals. All referrals go through an assessment of needs and eligibility process determined by VR.

The HDC Employment Connection mailing address is 1401 E 1st Street Duluth, MN 55805. Services are provided throughout St. Louis, Carlton, Lake, Cook, and Douglas Counties. The EC does not provide mobile-unit services. Offices and services are provided between the hours of 8:00am and 4:30pm, Monday through Friday with exception to national holidays. Limited services can be provided outside of regular business hours based on client need and staff availability. Services are typically provided on a weekly basis with client needs and preferences taken into consideration.  Contact 218-728-3931 with referral or program questions.

Available Locations: Carlton, Cook, Lake, St. Louis, Douglas

Harmony Club

Harmony Club offers persons with mental health disabilities the opportunity to be part of a social club, making friends and learning new skills. Harmony uses a consumer empowerment model, integrating consumer-led activities with the more traditional staff leadership. While Harmony is not a treatment program, we do work closely with staff from other HDC CSP services to assist consumers with vocational, housing, and psychotherapy needs.

Harmony Club operates out of the former Lincoln Park Elementary School at 2424 W. 5th Street in Duluth.  If you take 25th Ave. W, you will find our entrance between 4th and 5th Streets.

Phone: 218-623-5707

Available Locations: St. Louis

Homeless Project

We believe that homelessness is not a choice, and that given the opportunity for safe, affordable housing, everyone prefers a permanent place to live. Our Homeless Project serves individuals in Duluth who are homeless and have a mental illness. Many of those we serve also have health problems and substance abuse issues. We provide community outreach to locate homeless persons, and assist them to obtain and keep permanent housing. We also provide case management, employment assistance, transportation, benefits assistance, and crisis intervention. We work closely with other service providers, including St. Louis County Public Health and Human Services, Duluth Police Department, CHUM, The Union Gospel Mission, Damiano Center, Salvation Army, Center City Housing, Life House, AICHO, Center for Alcohol and Drug Treatment, and Northeast Regional Correction Center. The Homeless Project is located at 206 W 4th St Suite 112 Duluth, MN in the Damiano Building.


Available Locations: St. Louis

Jill’s Place

The mission of Jill’s place is to provide a comfortable and safe setting for people experiencing mental illness to connect with their peers, socialize, volunteer, and enjoy recreation. Our comfortable space has a Wii System, DVD player, many games, music, snacks, magazines and more, all for the comfort of our guests. See your mental health provider for more information about becoming involved at Jill’s place.

Available Locations: Douglas

Outpatient Chemical Dependency Treatment

HDC offers Adult Chemical Dependency Outpatient Treatment in Douglas County. Clients can choose between group therapy, support groups, women’s recovery groups, or individual sessions. Counselors are trained in different modalities of treatment such as twelve step/disease model and cognitive behavioral concepts.

The Outpatient Chemical Dependency Program works closely with the psychiatry and mental health professionals at HDC to ensure that clients are receiving the all inclusive care that is necessary in each individual case.

HDC also offers Adolescent Chemical Dependency Treatment on an outpatient basis. Adolescents struggling with drug and/or alcohol abuse have education, treatment and individual sessions with trained counselors available to them. The adolescent treatment program focuses on the many complex reasons that teens experiment with drugs rather than using the “just say no” adage.

HDC gives admission priority to pregnant women.

Available Locations: Douglas

Outreach Center

The Outreach Center is a consumer-run drop-in center located at 24 10th Street in Cloquet, MN. The Outreach Center offers Supportive and Recreational Services, such as Information/Education, Recreational and Social Events, Bipolar Support Group, Friends and Family Bipolar Support Group, BINGO, Crafts, Employment and Volunteer Opportunities, and Meals Twice a Week. Everyone is welcome and it is open Monday through Saturday 10:00am to 4:00pm. The Outreach Center is staffed by volunteers who are knowledgeable about mental health services and resources available in Carlton County. For more information call (218) 879-0303.

Available Locations: Carlton

Outreach Center Apartments

Sometimes living with a mental illness makes maintaining independent living a difficult thing to do. Residents of the Outreach Center Apartments in downtown Cloquet, MN will have available to them an array of services designed to help them succeed in their apartment and maximize their potential in the community. Services available include Housing Assistance, Medication Monitoring, Employability Support, Outreach, Crisis Assistance, Education and Support, Assistance with Activities of Daily Living. People eligible for the apartments must meet certain criteria. They include meeting HUD’s definition of homeless, being disabled, having a mental illness and meeting income eligibility.

For more information or to apply please contact the Program Director at (218) 879-4559 or (888) 877-0568

Available Locations: Carlton


These services are provided at all HDC locations and include evaluations, treatment, and medication management of depression, anxiety, and other psychiatric disorders. Our staff of psychiatrists and psychiatric nurses are skilled in pharmacology for children and adults.

Services are offered at our offices as well as several contracted locations, to include juvenile centers, children’s residential treatment programs, and correctional facilities. Psychiatry also has services available via ITV to Cook County and other locations. Most major insurance plans are accepted; we also have a sliding fee scale for uninsured clients.

Current access is limited to clients receiving other service(s) at HDC.

Available Locations: Carlton, Cook, Douglas, Lake, St. Louis

Psychological Testing & Assessments

Services performed at HDC include psychological evaluations and assessments with children and adolescents (Cook County) and adults (St. Louis County and Cook County) by a licensed psychologist or under the direction of a licensed psychologist and may include assessments personality, behavior and /or intelligence testing. Psychological testing for those seeking Bariatric Surgery or other medical procedures requiring psychological evaluation are available in the St. Louis County office.

Available Locations: Cook, St. Louis


HDC offers therapy in individual, family and group settings. Some of the problems addressed by HDC’s therapists include depression, anxiety, grief, abuse, life stress, family and marital issues, pain management, eating disorders and anger management. Services are open to children, adolescents & adults. Most major insurance plans are accepted and sliding fee is available with eligibility requirements for uninsured clients. Psychotherapy is available in our Cloquet, Duluth, Grand Marais, Moose Lake, Superior, and Two Harbors offices.

Available Locations: Carlton, Cook, Douglas, Lake, St. Louis


T-ACT is a program designed for young adults, ages 18 to 25 years, who have serious mental health issues and are homeless, at risk, or otherwise disenfranchised. An assertive outreach approach assists clients with life skills, social skills, housing, jobs, med management, and other basic needs. The program is collaboratively staffed by St. Louis County Social Services, HDC, and Life House.

Available Locations: St. Louis

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