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Call to Action:

Mental Health Patients in East-Central Minnesota Need Your Help

On March 17, 2014, Riverwood Centers in east-central Minnesota closed its doors. The MMA is calling on all physicians in the counties of Chisago, Isanti, Kanabec, Mille Lacs and Pine to step up and help, in any way they can, the thousands of mental health patients who relied on Riverwood’s resources.

Riverwood offered facilities in Braham, Cambridge, Milaca, Mora, Pine City and North Branch, and provided the following services:  

  • Psychological Assessment and Therapies
  • Medication Management
  • Community-Based Mental Health Rehabilitation Services for Children and Adults
  • Anger Management and Offender Treatment Programs
  • Child Custody Studies


Patients in your area may be seeking your help. Please try to accommodate them in their time of need.  If you are unable to assist them directly, work with the following resources.


  • Fast-tracker, www.fast-trackermn.org for online help in tracking down available mental health providers.
  • Minnesota Collaborative Psychiatric Consultation Service, www.mnpsychconsult.com, 855-431-6468 (toll-free). Connect with a social worker primarily for questions regarding mental health issues among children.
  • Minnesota Chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI),www.namihelps.org, 888-626-4435 (toll-free)
  • Hennepin County Medical Center’s Mother-Baby Hopeline, 612-873-4673, provides access to mental health resources for pregnant and postpartum women and struggling parents of young children. Callers leave a voicemail. Within two business days, they receive a callback from mental health professionals with expertise in perinatal mental health.
  • Minnesota Psychiatric Society, www.mnpsychsoc.org, 651-407-1873


Also, the October 2013 issue of Minnesota Medicine featured a story on where non-psychiatrists can turn for help on mental health issues. 

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