Our Services

HDC offers over 28 programs focusing on mental health and recovery services.

Adult & Child Case Management

Local 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: CarltonLake, and St. Louis County

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Adult Rehabilitative Mental Health Services (ARMHS)

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

Available Locations: CarltonLake, and St. Louis County

Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) Program

ACT provides the most intensive community services available. Services are provided to persons with serious mental illness (SMI) or serious and persistent mental illness (SPMI) diagnoses referred by St. Louis County or Carlton County Social Services’ mental health units. Services are available 7 days a week, and include medication management, Psychiatry, case management, substance abuse treatment, crisis intervention, employment support, independent living skills training, and housing support. Services are based on the individual needs of the client and are provided primarily in the individual’s home.

Available Locations: CarltonLake, and St. Louis County

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Certified Peer Support

Certified Peer Support Specialists are individuals who have lived through mental health experiences. They are trained and certified by the State of Minnesota to provide person-centered services to others with mental health challenges or substance abuse issues. Peer Support Specialists hold a personal belief in recovery and a genuine interest in their peers’ recovery. Peers share their own recovery stories in ways that inspire and encourage them. They provide a model of recovery for others by personally demonstrating recovery is possible.

How can a Peer Support Specialist help me?

A Peer can empower you in using strengths to create a self-determined path to recovery, identifying and overcoming barriers to participation in community resources, building relationships, and supporting community-based activities such as work, relationships, and physical movement, among other things.

Available Locations: CarltonLake, and St. Louis County

Children’s Therapeutic Services & Support (CTSS)

CTSS is designed to help children under the age of 18 with mental health, emotional, and behavioral issues. This service is based on the unique and changing needs of the child and is designed to improve the child’s functioning within the family and community. CTSS activities take place in the child’s home and within the community.

Available Locations: CarltonLake, and St. Louis County

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Community Support Program (CSP)

CSP outreach services are provided to adults with the primary goal of assisting consumers in recovery from mental illness. 

Interventions include supportive therapy, medication management, and mental illness education; as well as assistance with learning needed skills, finding and maintaining affordable housing, building independent living skills, benefits assistance, vocational support, symptom monitoring, outreach, crisis assistance, psycho-social rehabilitation, and general case management. Program services are primarily provided on an outreach basis with services typically occurring in the home or community.

Available Locations: CarltonLake, and St. Louis County, MN, and Douglas County, WI

Early Childhood Mental Health (ECMH)

The social and emotional development of infants, toddlers, and preschoolers is important, and so are the relationships they have with their caregivers. ECMH services for these children (ages 0-5 years old) and their families focus on enhancing the connection between young children and their caregivers.

Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) is a great opportunity for families with young children (ages 2-7 years old) whose behaviors are difficult to manage. Families participate in weekly sessions that provide training for parents on how to manage children’s behavior while improving their relationships with their children. PCIT has been successful with oppositional/defiant problems, aggressive behaviors, Attention Deficit Hyper-Activity Disorder (ADHD), severe temper tantrums, the impact of abuse/neglect, and exposure to alcohol/drugs before birth. PCIT requires a 12–14-week commitment of a 1-hour-long session per week.

Available Locations: CarltonLake, and St. Louis Counties

Employment Connections Program

Our Employment Connections Program provides high-quality vocational rehabilitation services to clients. These services are designed to enhance the quality of consumers’ lives through obtaining and maintaining meaningful employment. We believe “work is therapy,” and all persons have the capacity to be productive members of their community. Employment Connection is specially designed to help adults with mental illness (MI), serious mental illness (SMI), and serious and persistent mental illness (SPMI).

Services available Monday-Friday, 8:00 AM-4:30 PM 

Available Locations: CarltonLake, and St. Louis Counties, MN 

First Episodes Psychosis (FEP)

FEP uses NAVIGATE, a team-based treatment focused on resiliency and recovery. When enrolled, you and your family meet with a mental health professional to answer questions and discuss a treatment plan based on your needs.

HDC offers five FEP services:

  1. Support in learning skills, coping with stress, and identifying your strengths
  2. Education and care for you and your support team
  3. Help with staying in or returning to work and school
  4. Assistance in obtaining community resources
  5. Counseling on medications to reduce symptoms and prevent relapses

Please contact HDC at (218) 302-8734 and ask for the First Episode Psychosis Program.

Available Locations: St. Louis County

Harmony Center

The Harmony Center is located on the lower level of the Damiano Center at 206 W 4th St in Duluth, MN. The Harmony Center is staffed by Certified Peer Support Specialists and provides a safe environment to socialize, explore new hobbies or skills, play a musical instrument, do arts and crafts, play games, or just hang out and relax and have a cup of coffee.  Harmony Center is open Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday from 8:30 AM-3:30 PM.

Homeless Program

We believe homelessness is not a choice and, given the opportunity for safe, affordable housing, everyone prefers a permanent place to live. HDC’s Homeless Program serves individuals in Duluth who are homeless, have a mental illness, and may have health problems and substance abuse issues. We provide community outreach to locate people experiencing homelessness and assist them in obtaining and keeping permanent housing. We also provide case management, employment assistance, transportation, benefits assistance, and crisis intervention.

Available Locations: St. Louis County

Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT)

MAT is an evidence-based practice proven to reduce the need for inpatient detoxification services, improve patient survival, and sustain long-term recovery. MAT also decreases illicit opiate use and criminal activity among people with substance use disorders, increases people’s ability to gain and maintain employment, and improves birth outcomes for pregnant women with substance use disorders. MAT medications are available for opioid, alcohol, amphetamine, and tobacco use disorders.

Available Locations: St. Louis County

Outreach Apartments

Sometimes living with a mental illness makes maintaining independent living a difficult thing to do. Residents of the Outreach Center Apartments in Cloquet, MN, have available an array of services designed to help them succeed in their apartment and maximize their potential in their community. 

Services available include housing assistance, medication monitoring, employability support, outreach, crisis assistance, education and support, and assistance with daily living activities. People eligible for the apartments must meet certain criteria including meeting HUD’s definition of homeless, being disabled, and having a mental illness as well as meeting income eligibility.

For more information or to apply please contact the Program Director at (218) 879-4559 or 1(888) 877-0568

Available Locations: Carlton County

Outreach Centers

HDC outreach centers offer persons with mental health disabilities the opportunity to be part of a social club, make friends, and learn new skills. Outreach centers use a consumer empowerment model, integrating consumer-led activities, socialization, community outings, games, music, and support groups with the more traditional staff leadership. While these centers are not treatment programs, they work closely with staff from other HDC CSP services to assist consumers with vocational, housing, and psychotherapy needs.

Available Outreach Centers:

Harmony Center located in the Damiano Center, 206 W 4th St, Duluth, MN 55806, (218) 623- 5707 

Outreach Center 24 10th St, Cloquet, MN 55720), (218) 879-0303 

Waterfront Center 606 2nd Ave., Two Harbors, MN 55616, (218) 595-1067

Jill’s Place 1500 N. 34th St, Superior, WI 54880

Project Reach Out

Project Reach Out works to improve the network of support to youth and their families through confidential and voluntary crisis intervention referral services. Each year, teens run away for a variety of reasons that may include unresolved conflict, lack of communication, and differences over roles, rules, and expectations. 

Project Reach Out can help during these difficult times by ensuring access to 24-hour crisis intervention services, reuniting youth with their families when appropriate, encouraging the resolution of inter-family problems through mediation and other services, strengthening family relationships, encouraging stable living conditions for youth, and helping youth decide upon a constructive course of action and decision making in a non-judgmental atmosphere. Most services are offered for free or a minimal fee. For more information:

  • Call (715)394.9177 or 1(800) 777-7844.
  • Kayla Polson, Clinical Supervisor
    Human Development Center
    Office Phone: (218)302-8680

Available Locations: Douglas County, WI

Additional national crisis line resources for runaway youth include:

  • National Runaway Switchboard at 1(800)-RUNAWAY or 1(800) 786-2929
  • National Youth Crisis Hotline 1(800) 442-HOPE (4673)
  • National Suicide/Crisis Hotlines 1(800)-SUICIDE (784-2433) and 1(800)273-TALK (8255)
  • National Alcohol Substance Abuse Information Center 1(800) 784-6776
  • Teen Dating Abuse Helpline 1(866) 331-9474
  • Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network 1(800) 656-HOPE (4673)
  • American Pregnancy Hotline 1(866) 942-6466
  • Domestic Violence Hotline 1(800) 799-SAFE (7233)
  • Trevor Helpline (for gay and questioning youth) 1(866)4-U-TREVOR (488-7386)
  • Project Reach Out is available in all eight NW counties of WI, which include Ashland, Bayfield, Burnett, Douglas, Iron, Price, Sawyer, and Washburn counties.


Psychiatry services through HDC include evaluations, treatment, and medication management for depression, anxiety, and other psychiatric disorders. HDC psychiatrists and psychiatric nurses are skilled in pharmacology for children and adults.

Services are offered in HDC offices and at contracted locations. Psychiatry also offers services via ITV to Cook County and other locations.

Available Locations: CarltonLake, and St. Louis Counties, MN and Douglas County, WI


HDC offers therapy in individual, family, and group settings. Some issues addressed by HDC 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, and adults.

Available Locations: CarltonLake, and St. Louis Counties


HDC Outpatient Recovery Services uses evidence-based intervention techniques to provide the best practices and outcomes possible.

Learn more about our individualized and flexible treatment plans that accommodate the schedule of each person seeking recovery from addiction.

School-Based Services

HDC works cooperatively with school districts to provide therapy/counseling within school sites and at HDC clinic locations.

Available Locations: CarltonLake, and St. Louis Counties


T-ACT is a program designed for young adults, ages 18-25 years old, 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, medication management, and other basic needs. The program is collaboratively staffed by St. Louis County Social Services, HDC, and Life House.

Available Locations: St. Louis

Waterfront Center

The Waterfront Center is located at 606 2nd Avenue, Two Harbors, MN. All community members are welcome with children under 18 accompanied by an adult.  We are open Monday-Wednesday from 12:00 PM-3:00 PM and Thursday and Friday from 9:00 AM-12:00 PM. Services provided include help with local resources, breakfast and lunch meals once a month, bingo for prizes once a week, and crafts and games daily. We also participate in one or two outings a month and offer access to a computer, printer, phone, laminator, TV, DVD player, and Wii. The Waterfront Center is a great place to find great conversation, snack,s and coffee.