About HDC

Who we are, and where we’ve been

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HDC, the Northland’s largest mental health and recovery services provider for the last 80 years (and counting).

The Human Development Center was established in 1938 as a private, non-profit community mental health center. The idea was to support people experiencing mental health challenges throughout northern Minnesota. More than 80 years later, we continue this mission daily.

Since HDC’s inception, we have expanded our services to better meet the needs of our communities. HDC is now the largest community mental health center in northern Minnesota. We provide comprehensive integrated mental health and addiction services to people of all ages across Carlton, Lake, and St. Louis counties in Minnesota and Douglas County, Wisconsin.

HDC’s mission is to foster hope, resilience, and recovery by providing integrated, culturally respectful mental health and addiction services.

CCBHC Accreditation

In October 2018, HDC began a pilot program working with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). This was part of a two-year project of service innovation and development to accredit HDC as a Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic (CCBHC). The CCBHC services model improves mental health and substance abuse treatment services. This is accomplished by creating more comprehensive and expansive service delivery while removing barriers to access. CCBHC ensures rapid and unobstructed access to care for all people regardless of personal circumstances or ability to pay. Through this coordinated process, each of our clients throughout the HDC community can expect the highest quality of care.

As of October 1, 2020, HDC is proud to have completed the federal pilot program and become the Northland’s first and only Minnesota state Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic.


The Human Development Center and HRC Mental Health Center (HDC/HRC) have always been and continue to be committed to maintaining the security and privacy of your health information. We are required by law to give you this notice that describes our legal responsibilities and privacy practices regarding your Protected Health Information (PHI). View our HIPAA Notice of Privacy Practices.