Children's Mental and Behavioral Health Service and Programs

HDC provides a variety of comprehensive and person-centered services and programs focused on increasing the mental, behavioral, and emotional well-being of kids and youths within our community

Children's 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 services and support to maximize independence, mental health, and community integration.

Available Locations:  CarltonLake, and St. Louis Counties

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 the community.

Available Locations: Cloquet, MNTwo Harbors, MN, and Duluth, MN

Early Childhood Mental Health (ECMH)

Support your child's mental, behavioral, and emotional development

The social and emotional development of infants, toddlers, and preschoolers is important. 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)

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: Cloquet, MNTwo Harbors, MN, and Duluth, MN

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 for a minimal fee. For more information:

  • Call (715) 394-9177 or 1(800) 777-7844.
  • Tanya Nelson, Project Reach Out Supervisor & Prevention Specialist IT
    Human Development Center
    Office: (715) 395-6428

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 County.


Find the right child psychiatrist for your family

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 


Connect with a specialized child therapist

HDC offers psychotherapy for children and youth 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: Cloquet, MNTwo Harbors, MN, and Duluth, MN

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School-Based Mental and Behavioral Health Services

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

Available Locations: CarltonLake, and St. Louis County