CommUNITY Adult Mental Health Initiative


In 1995, CommUNITY Project was initiated in Benton, Sherburne, Stearns and Wright Counties through grants from the state of Minnesota as part of an effort to transition mental health services from state hospital based to community based services. As the state hospitals were phased out, CommUNITY Project provided input into the development of new core services: Four County Crisis Response Team, Assertive Community Treatment (ACT), and Intensive Residential Treatment (IRT). The goal of CommUNITY Project and the service delivery system is to reduce hospitalizations and provide mental health services closer to consumer's homes.


This project will make a shift from the present need-based system to an ability-based community system. The ability-based community system will value adults with serious mental health problems and see them as contributing to the community instead of seeing them as clients, patients or consumers. Adults with serious mental health problems will use their abilities to enrich their community, their family and their workplace, while being encouraged and their needs supported. The ability-based community system will allow persons with serious mental health problems to increase their independence and self-worth through increasing their ability to contribute to their family and community, increasing positive decision making, increasing membership in community organizations, building meaningful relationships with others who do not have mental health problems, increasing employment and educational opportunities, while decreasing the need for formal government support.

Who We Serve

CommUNITY Project serves adults with serious and persistent mental illness (SPMI) in Benton, Sherburne, Stearns and Wright counties. CommUNITY Project provides support for persons experiencing mental health problems to enhance their contributions to the community.

Programs and Services

CommUNITY Project supports a wide variety of services. There are specific eligibility criteria and funding limits for each of these services. Waiting lists may exist.

  • Flexible Funds: Limited discretionary funds to meet the individual needs of consumers (medication, housing, vocational and general needs)
  • Housing Vouchers: Rental assistance to help maintain community housing
  • Peer Socialization Program: Mental health consumers receive support from peers by attending monthly social events
  • Supported Employment: Assistance in maintaining employment
  • Job Placement Services: Helping adults with serious and persistent mental illness find community employment
  • Core Adult Mental Health Services: ACT, IRTS, Mobile Crisis, and crisis beds

CommUNITY Adult Mental Health Initiative Committees

  • Joint Powers Board
  • Advisory Committee

Committee meeting dates are listed on the calendar.

Administrative Committee

The CommUNITY Project Administrative Committee consists of one representative from each county social service agency, a variety of providers from the four county area, and consumers. The Committee's purpose is to design, plan and improve the mental health delivery system for adults with Serious and Persistent Mental Illness. The committee makes recommendations to the respective county mental health authorities regarding needs. Open meetings are held monthly at various locations within the four counties. If interested in attending please contact the project coordinator.

Sub-Committees and Workgroups

CommUNITY Project also consists of several sub-committees:

  • Training/Educational: Provides learning opportunties for people. All of our trainings are intended for those living with mental healht issues, providers, family members, and community members.
  • Anti-stigma Committee: Raises awareness and reduces stigma associated with mental illness.
  • Housing Committee: Monitors housing voucher programs and storage units and works on housing issues.

Adult Mental Health Resource Guides

The CommUNITY Adult Mental Health Initiative provides a FREE guide full of area resources and providers. A printable PDF of the most recent version can be found here: Mental_Health_Resource_Guide_for_Adults.pdf

The information containted in the Adult Mental Health Resource Guide is thought to be reliable but is not guaranteed to be accurate. It is compiled from provider descriptions of their own services as well as other public data sources and is subject to change without futher notice.

Become Involved/Contact Us

Persons interested in participation or wanting more information should contact:

CommUNITY Adult Mental Health Initiative
PO Box 740
Foley, MN 56329



CAMHI Advisory Committee Meeting

CAMHI 2020 Advisory Committee meets on the first Thursday of the even numbered months from 1pm to 3pm. The location of the meetings rotate between the four counties.

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