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Mental Health

Mental health resources

Local and national hotlines

  • Dakota County Suicide and Crisis Response 24-Hour Hotline: 952-891-7171
  • Minnesota Crisis Text Line: Text “Home” to 741741 to communicate with a trained crisis counselor
  • National Hope Hotline for Youth Crisis and Suicide: 1-800-784-2433

Clinics and service centers

  • Leslie Adler, PhD, LP
    200 East Travelers Trail, Suite 225
    Burnsville, MN 55337
  • Associated Clinic Of Psychology
    6950 West 146th Street, Suite 100
    Apple Valley, MN 55124
  • Cedar Valley Center for Child and Family Therapy
    3460 Washington Drive, Suite 110
    Eagan, MN 55122
  • Children’s Therapy Center (2 locations)
    (Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy and Speech Therapy)
    2795 Pilot Knob Road, Suite 100
    Eagan, MN 55121
    14635 Pennock Avenue, Suite 300
    Apple Valley, MN 55124
  • Family, Adolescent and Children Therapy Services (FACTS)
    1385 Mendota Heights Road, Suite 200
    Mendota Heights, MN 55120
  • Life Development Resources
    7580 160th Street West
    Lakeville, MN 55044
  • Lorenz Clinic of Family Psychology
    2930 146th Street West, #114
    Rosemount, MN 55068
  • Minnesota Mental Health Clinics
    3450 O’Leary Lane
    Eagan, MN 55123
    (Office) 15160 Foliage Avenue
    Apple Valley, MN 55124

Dakota County school mental health toolkit

This toolkit was developed to encourage Dakota County school professionals to utilize evidence-based mental health promotion and suicide prevention strategies. This toolkit serves as a resource to support local school districts in evaluating their mental health programs, policies and practices.

This toolkit was designed for Dakota County School Districts, but can be a useful resource for anyone, especially others in community settings who are working to promote positive mental health and well-being.

View the Dakota County mental health toolkit.

School social workers

The goal of the social work program is to partner directly with families, educators, students, and our communities to address and overcome barriers to academic achievement at the elementary level. Ultimately this partnership provides the necessary support and guidance that are essential to academic success and sound life decisions.

School social workers are licensed mental health professionals trained to provide support and interventions to children and families proactively and in times of emotional/mental health crisis.

They do this by providing individual, small group and family support. Sessions focus on:

  • Improving social, emotional and academic functioning
  • Positive reinforcement
  • Behavior modification
  • Specific skill development
  • Building trusting connections with each student and their family
  • Direct consultation and linkage to appropriate community resources for families
  • Help children and their families meet basic needs and overcome barriers to education

Please note that social work settings are created around the ever-changing and unique needs of each school and may vary throughout the year and at each site. Please contact your child’s school social worker for more information.

Middle and high school counseling

Licensed middle and high school counselors provide support for the needs of all students in the areas listed below and follow guidelines established by the American School Counselor Association (ASCA).

  • Academic support and guidance
  • Career exploration
  • College planning
  • Personal and social development
  • Chemical counseling
  • Community resource referrals
  • Credit recovery advisement
  • Crisis intervention counseling
  • Individual counseling
  • Goal setting
  • Mental health referrals
  • Staff and parent consultation
  • Student disability support
  • Support groups

Counselors design and implement comprehensive programs within their schools that are data-driven and results-focused, and work with students through individual meetings, small groups and classroom settings.

Effective school counseling programs provide increased student achievement, post-secondary school enrollments, improved attendance and test scores and higher academic grades.