Sanford Health Behavioral Health Bemidji

Sanford Health Behavioral Health Bemidji

Visit Sanford Health Behavioral Health Center for mental health services for children and adults.

You can request individual or family therapy. What to expect:

  1. Complete a diagnostic assessment form.
  2. Schedule an appointment with one of our mental health providers to discuss your assessment.
  3. Schedule follow-up appointments based on your first appointment and assessment.

Our provider team is growing to improve access to mental health care. Please schedule an appointment to visit with a mental health professional. Previously, patients were able to walk in with no appointment, which created long wait times. This new policy will ensure that Sanford Health is able to meet the needs of all patients.

Check Your Health Plan
Sanford Health accepts most insurance plans. If you have Medicare or UBH, please call your insurance plan to ask about coverage. If a credentialed clinician is not available, an appointment will be arranged.

Prepare for Your First Visit
Please bring the following to your first appointment:

  • Insurance information
  • Social Security number
  • Health care provider information
  • A list of current medications, if applicable
  • Documents related to court orders, if applicable
  • Established legal guardian accompaniment for minor children


Sanford Health Behavioral Health Bemidji Doctors

Preparing for Your Visit


Adult Rehabilitative Mental Health Services

Adult Rehabilitative Mental Health Services (ARMHS) is a community-based service that assists adults in managing mental health symptoms while living in the community. Services are generally provided in the home or the community and individually or in a group setting, available in Beltrami and Cass counties. We offer:

Individualized Skills Training

  • Preventing relapse and hospitalization
  • Communicating with others
  • Managing and maintaining a home
  • Gaining access to community resources
  • Learning about budgeting and nutrition
  • Managing and preventing a mental health crisis
  •  Coping with the mental health symptoms
  • Accessing and arranging transportation

Medication Education

  • Learning the role and effects of medications
  • Awareness of common side effects

Peer Support Services

  • Connecting with someone else who has recovered from mental health symptoms and leads a successful, fulfilling life
  • Helping enhance and practice skills
  • Hearing what has worked for someone else
  • Learning how to share your own story

Children’s Therapeutic Support Services

Early detection and treatment of behavioral health concerns is key to addressing the emotional and behavioral needs of our children. We work with children ages 5-18 in diagnosing and treating behavioral health needs while assisting the child and family on a path to overall wellness.

Children's Therapeutic Support Services (CTSS) is a program designed to assist children in addressing behavioral and emotional needs. CTSS addresses conditions of emotional disturbance that impair and interfere with an individual's ability to function independently. We meet children and families where they are in their journey and walk alongside them to regain independence. We offer:

  • Individual Therapy
  • Family Therapy
  • Individual Skills
  • Family Skills
  • Group Skills
  • Case Management

Services are offered in the office setting, in the home, in the community or in the Bemidji School District #31 elementary schools and the Schoolcraft Learning Community. Services also may be available at Bemidji Middle School, Bemidji High School, Trek North and Voyageurs charter schools – ask your school about availability.

Mental Health Crisis Response Services

Mobile Crisis Response Services
Immediate help is available to relieve distress and access the support you need. Mobile Crisis Response Services offers mental health services and support 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Our services include mental health crisis assessment, intervention and community stabilization services for adults, children and families.

We offer services in a safe and mutually agreed upon location such as the home, school, medical center and more. We aim to use the least restrictive intervention and keep clients in their community. We offer help accessing local services and resources including chemical health support.

Crisis Response Team
The Crisis Response Team includes mental health professionals and practitioners with specialized training in responding to mental health crises and emergencies. Counties served by this team include: Beltrami, Clearwater, Hubbard and Lake of the Woods.

Mental Health Crisis
A mental health crisis is a behavioral, emotional, or psychiatric situation that would likely result in significantly reduced levels of functioning. This includes difficulty with:

  • Anxiety and depression
  • Suicidal or homicidal thoughts
  • Hallucinations or delusions
  • Physical or verbal aggression
  • Caring for or keeping oneself safe
  • Coping with a stressful or traumatic event
  • Self-injurious behavior

How it Works
The 24 Hour Crisis Line is answered by crisis trained staff at the call center. They collect basic information and determine the seriousness of the call. The Crisis Response Team then contacts the caller to set up immediate community based intervention or offer support and resources over the phone.

Community Education                                                                               
Crisis services provides educational presentations and trainings on the various services we provide. Contact us today to arrange for one of our expert staff to come to your community group, school or organization.

Sanford Housing Program

The Sanford Housing Program recognizes that housing is a basic right and that following a service plan will be easier when housing is established. The program focuses on giving the opportunity for tenants to learn skills to successfully manage a lease, develop a housing crisis and housing stabilization plan, and maintain permanent housing.

We focus on:

  • Choice of housing
  • Separation of housing from services
  • Decent, safe, and affordable housing
  • Housing integration
  • Access to housing
  • Flexible, voluntary, and recovery-focused services

We provide referrals to:

  • Individual, family or group therapy
  • Supported employment
  • Adult Rehabilitative Mental Health Services
  • Peer support services
  • Substance use disorder services
  • Medical services
  • GED services
  • Case management
  • Medication management

Funding for this project is provided by the Minnesota Department of Human Services.

Addiction Recovery

DWI Clinic Education Classes
The class focuses on rethinking your drinking, laws on DWI and victim impact. The class is offered the third Friday of alternating months, 9 a.m-4 p.m. with a 30- minute lunch break. The cost is $150 due at the start of the class. Certificates are given upon completion. Pre-registration is required. To register or for more information please contact the administrative assistant at (218) 333-2200.

Program for Addiction Recovery (PAR)
The Program for Addiction Recovery is a structured substance abuse outpatient treatment program. Assessment, treatment planning and group therapy services related to co-occurring disorders are provided in conjunction with substance abuse treatment. PAR is offered in Bemidji at our 722 15th St. location. 

Chemical Dependency Outpatient Group
We are committed to providing a best-practices approach to motivating and moving people through their chemical challenges. We take an individual approach with each client. To join one of our outpatient groups, please call (218) 333-2200 to inquire. The process starts with our office staff gathering some information from you. In order to join an outpatient group you must have a Rule 25 completed that is no more than 45 days old. On a case-by-case basis, other criteria may be required.

Group Times:

  • Evening Group: Monday and Thursday, 5:00 - 7:00 PM
  • Day Group: Tuesday and Thursday, 1:00 - 3:00 PM
  • Women's Group: Tuesday and Thursday, 3:00 - 5:00 PM
  • Relapse Group: Tuesday and Thursday, 5:00 - 7:00 PM

Rule 25 Assessment Procedures & Client Responsibilities
Rule 25 Assessments are a state-regulated chemical health assessment which requires specific documentation from both the counselor and the client. We are committed to helping you successfully complete the assessment requirements. Client responsibilities include:

  • Payment is due prior to an appointment being scheduled, unless the assessment is covered by your insurance. Cost is $150 prior to being scheduled. Should you need to reschedule your appointment, please call our office as soon as possible at (218) 333-2200.
  • Arrive for your scheduled Rule 25 Assessment appointment at least 30 minutes early to complete required paperwork. Paperwork must be completed in its entirety prior to being seen.
  • If the assessment is court ordered, you must provide a copy of court orders, probation agreements, and incident reports. Without these, the Rule 25 will be incomplete.
  • If you need this Rule 25 because of DUIs or INTERLOCK you will need to bring along a copy of all dated offenses of DUIs and/or INTERLOCK fails. This is something the Minnesota Department of Transportation requires in the Rule 25. If it is not included, your request will not go through.
  • In addition, if court ordered, you must sign an Authorization for Release of Information form for the county in which you live, the county in which the offense occurred and for the county court in which the offense occurred, as well as your probation agent, if you have one.
  • Three (3) collateral contacts are required. Collateral contacts are persons having knowledge of your alcohol and/or drug use behavior. They can be friends, family members or coworkers. If you have a probation agent, one collateral contact needs to be your probation agent.
  • In addition, you must be willing to sign Authorization to Release Information forms for each collateral contact so that your counselor may interview them. The assessment cannot be completed without this important step. Phone numbers and their relationship to you are required to be included on the Authorization to Release Information forms.
  • Make sure all collateral contact forms (which are given at the initial appointment) are completed and returned to the facility within 10 days of the appointment.
  • Rule 25 Assessments are not valid and no recommendation letters will be sent to courts or probation agents if assessment is not completed within 14 days. If the authorization is signed for the courts or probation and they request information, we will furnish information about whether you complied with all of the requirements to complete the assessment.
  • It will be your responsibility as the client to furnish us with all the required information needed to complete a Rule 25 Assessment.
  • No refunds will be made due to lack of collateral contacts or legal documentation.