Relate is a primary provider of school-based mental and chemical health services in the western Minneapolis suburbs serving youth at the early childhood, elementary, middle and high school levels. Partnerships with numerous schools are designed to meet the counseling needs of youth and families in the Minnetonka, Wayzata, St. Louis Park, Orono and Mound-Westonka school districts as well as the Main Street School of Performing Arts in Hopkins. Relate staff provides various levels of interventions based on school requests. These services are offered to youth and their families who may not otherwise access mental health services due to a variety of issues (i.e., transportation, not feeling safe). Staff also educate and consult to raise awareness about mental health/chemical health issues so students, parents, and teachers believe it is safe and socially acceptable to ask for help.
Serving Hopkins, Minnetonka, and other nearby communities, the Center provides information and referral services pertaining to food, shelter, employment, health, and clothing needs. Most seeking help from the Resource Center are individuals and families living in at or near poverty and/or facing a crisis. Relate has clinical staff onsite at the Resource Center providing short and long term counseling services.
Relate partners with South Lake Pediatric Clinic multi-site pediatrics practice in the western Twin Cities area. This partnership improves access to services for children and teens whose pediatrician has identified a possible mental or chemcal health problem. Relate clinical staff provides counseling services at the Minnetonka site.
Relate partners with Wright County Community Action Head Start to offer observation and consultation for children involved in the program. Services are offered for early identification and remediation of mental health problems for Head Start children and their families.
Relate offers educational presentations to the community to raise awareness about mental and chemical health, de-stigmatize mental illness, and to promote tolerance and healing. Staff provide educational presentations in various community forums and organizations. Presentations include topics such as anger, grief and loss, self-esteem, physical/sexual abuse, addictions, eating disorders, depression, and anxiety.
The Employee Assistance Program is a benefit paid for by an employer to be a resource for an employee and his/her family. There is no cost to the employee. Relate partners with the Eden Prairie School District to provide brief counseling to the district’s teachers, administrators, and other employees. Relate staff meet with employees to discuss concerns and help develop a plan to find solutions.