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Helpful Links

Community Links

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General Resources – Local

MN Dept. of Human Services – (MN Health Care Programs, Economic Supports, & lots of other info)

Hennepin County – click on “Residents” (Health Care Programs, Economic Supports, & lots of other info) – An online directory of services to help people find human services, information and referral, financial assistance, and other forms of help

United Way 211– A free, 24-hour information and referral services to community organizations

General Resources – Mental Health and Recovery

NAMI MN –offers programs of education, support and advocacy, and supports research efforts.

Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association – (USPRA) (Info about Psychiatric Rehabilitation)

MN chapter of the Mental Health Association – (support groups and resources)

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) – a federal government website under the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services (find mental health services by state)

Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) – a web resource site dedicated to mental health recovery research, mental health recovery, and empowerment

Medline Plus – Info about medications and side effects

National Institute of Mental Health

PSYweb – DSM-IV listings, mental illness fact sheets, drug info

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance – support groups

Suicide Awareness Voices of Education – education to prevent suicide


Social Security Administration – work incentives, trial work period

Minnesota WorkForce Centers (WFCs) – provides the tools, resources and services needed for job search, career planning and training needs – info about connections between work and benefits; also health care coverage, cash benefits, and programs that can help you return to work


Housing Link – Affordable Rental Housing Information

Mpls Public Housing Authority

Metropolitan Council – Metro HRA, Metro Transit, Metro Mobility

HUD – rental assistance programs

MN Housing Finance Agency – rental housing resource links

MN Coalition for the Homeless

MN Attorney General – click on Landlords & Tenants for a publication about Rights & Responsibilities

Homeline – tenant advocacy

MN Housing Court – info about eviction actions

Corporation for Supportive Housing – helps communities create permanent housing with services to prevent and end homelessness

Income Benefits

Social Security Administration – Supplemental Security Income, Social Security Disability Insurance

Benefits Check Up – Find and enroll in federal, state, local, and private programs that help pay for prescription drugs, utility bills, meals, health care, and other needs

Hennepin County – General Assistance (GA), MN Supplemental Assistance (MSA), Food Support (FS), Emergency Assistance (click on “Health, Housing & Social Services” and then on “Income Services”)

Health Care Resources

MN Dept. of Human Services – Medical Assistance (MA), MN Care, General Assistance Medical Care (GAMC) (click on “Health Care”)

Hennepin County – General Assistance Medical Care (GAMC), Medical Assistance (MA), Assured Access (click on “Health, Housing & Social Services,” then on “Health,” and then on “Medical Coverage”)

Medicare and Medicare Part D

MN Department of Health – Health Care Resources

MN Department of Human Services – to find fee for service MA providers

MN Medical Association – physician finder

CUHCC (Community-University Health Care Center) – provides primary care services to children and low income families in South Minneapolis; serves diverse populations

Benefits Check Up – Find and enroll in federal, state, local, and private programs that help pay for prescription drugs, utility bills, meals, health care, and other needs

Mental Health Treatment

Walk in Counseling Center – counseling services

MN Medical Association – physician finder

Crisis Services

Hennepin County – search for COPE (Community Outreach for Psychiatric Emergencies) – Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Call 612-596-1223.

Hennepin County Medical Center’s Acute Psychiatric Services (APS) – 24-hour, seven-day-a-week crisis counseling, assessment, and referral. 24-hour walk-in crisis intervention and treatment of behavioral emergencies. Suicide Hotline (612) 873-2222. Crisis intervention phone service for assessment, information, and referral for psychiatric emergencies (612) 873-3161.

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline – 24-hour, toll-free suicide prevention service available to anyone in suicidal crisis. If you need help, please dial 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

Crisis Connection – 24-hour crisis counseling by telephone. Call 612-379-6363 or Toll Free MN 1-866-379-6363.

Legal Services

Volunteer Lawyers Network – matches low-income clients with volunteer attorneys for free civil legal services

Law Help MN – legal information

MN Disability Law Center – provides free civil legal assistance to individuals with disabilities on legal issues that are related to their disabilities

Food Shelves

Hunger Solutions – find hunger and food resources

St. Louis Park Emergency Program – food shelf

Intercongregation Communities Association – food shelves for Hopkins, Minnetonka, Excelsior, Deephaven, Shorewood, Greenwood, and Woodland


Metro Transit – bus, train, metro mobility

Other Resources

The Office of Ombudsman for Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities – promotes standards of treatment, competency, efficiency, and justice for persons receiving services for mental illness, developmental disabilities, chemical dependency, and emotional disturbance in children

MN Board on Aging – info for seniors, Senior Linkage Line

Metropolitan Area on Aging – info for seniors – Housing info for seniors

Twin Cities Community Voice Mail – provides free, short-term voice mail-only phone numbers to agencies and programs for their clients

LSS Financial Counseling Service – credit counseling

MN Energy Resources – Energy Assistance info

Homeless Veterans Home – Information at U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs about resources for homeless and at-risk Veterans and their families such as: Housing assistance; employment programs; health care; mental health services