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Deaf Mental Health Services

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Deaf Mental Health Services
People Incorporated
726 2nd Street NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413

Phone: 612-379-1070
TTY: 612-379-1079
Fax: 612-331-4547

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Our Community Support Programs are open for in-person and virtual appointments by calling 651-774-0011. This affects these programs: Northside CSP (1309 Girard Avenue North Minneapolis, MN 55411), Homeless CSP at York (317 York Avenue St. Paul, MN 55130), and Deaf Mental Health Services CSP (726 2nd Street NE Minneapolis, MN 55413).

People Incorporated Deaf Mental Health Services (DMHS) offers a variety of coordinated services for adults who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing or Deaf-blind, use or want to use sign language as their primary mode of communication and who experience a mental illness. This program is culturally and linguistically accessible to this population. There are two components of this program: Drop-In Center and Outreach Services.

Who we serve

Any adult (18+) who is Deaf or Hard of Hearing or Deaf-Blind and experiences a mental illness or an emotional disorder is eligible for this program. The primary mode of communication is American Sign Language. Therefore, knowing sign language or being willing to learn is an advantage to all participants.

Services we provide

DMHS Drop-In Center

DMHS offers educational groups in the life skill areas of: mental health, symptom management, mental health services, substance abuse, vocational, education, social skills, interpersonal skills, self-care, medical care, dental health, finances, transportation, housing and medication education. There are also groups that focus specifically on such skills as: problem solving, values clarification, goal setting, community resources, self-awareness/awareness of others, social communication, understanding basic correspondence, and basic survival communication. In addition, DMHS has office space available by reservation for professionals to meet with their clients, assess new clients or offer group sessions.

DMHS Outreach Services

Our staff visit individuals in their homes and provide one-to-one CADI and TBI life skills supports. We monitor participants for indications of mental health decompensation, and communicate with appropriate mental health professionals. Staff can also provide liaison between the participants and other agencies such as public housing. Participants are also encouraged to utilize the DMHS Drop-In Center for group education, peer support, and social activities.

About our location

The DMHS drop-in center is located at 726 – NE 2nd St. in Minneapolis and was developed in 1996 for those who are Deaf, Hard of Hearing or Deaf-blind. We offer the opportunity and environment where individuals can meet others, receive peer support, socialize and learn. Members of DMHS will be encouraged to help plan the activities sponsored by the center.

About the process

DMHS Drop-in Center

The applicant or any professional or family/personal support member involved with the applicant can make a referral to DMHS drop-in center. To apply, the applicant simply needs to visit the staff at the center and fill out a brief information form with one of the staff.

DMHS Outreach Services

Referrals to Outreach services can be made by the applicant, or any professional or family/personal support member involved with the applicant.

The individual’s eligibility for the program is determined through a process which includes:

  • the completion of an intake form, diagnostic assessment, functional assessment and individual treatment plan
  • a visit with the applicant at their residence or at DMHS
  • an interview with the Program Director and/or Mental Health Practitioner.

About our fees

Services are primarily covered by Medical Assistance under: CADI waiver, TBI waivers or other waivered funding resources for those with Medical Assistance. A grant from the DHS supplements this funding for those without Medical Assistance.

About our staff

Our staff are both Deaf and hearing individuals who are fluent in sign language and have education and experience in human services. We prefer individuals with a BA or BS in social work, psychology, vocational rehabilitation or related fields. Staff are trained in CPR, First Aid, OSHA, VA, mental illness, psychiatric medications, psychiatric rehabilitation, communication skills, and behavior management.

Hours of operation

DMHS drop-in center is open Tuesday 3:00 to 9:00 p.m. and open Friday 1:00 to 9:00 p.m. Outreach services in the form of 1:1 appointments are offered Monday – Saturday (Call for hours).


The program partially funded by the Minnesota Department of Human Services/Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services Division (DHS/DHHS)

Member of the Minnesota Association of Community Mental Health Programs (MACMHP) as well as members of the US Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association (USPRA).