Mental Health Screening
A brief, culturally sensitive process designed to identify children and adolescents who may be at risk of having impaired mental health functioning that warrants immediate attention, intervention or referral for diagnostic assessment. The primary purpose for screening is to identify the need for further assessment using valid, reliable screening instruments.
Minnesota Community Corrections
Every county in Minnesota has one of three operations to run their probation system. These three include: 1) Community Corrections Act (CCA), 2) County Probation Officer (CPO), and 3) Department of Corrections State Contract Counties (DOC) U.S.A. 244.19
A. Community Corrections Act: Counties receive subsidy from the state and are responsible for developing,implementing and evaluating traditional and non- traditional local correctional programs. Each of these jurisdictions adopts an annual plan and submits it to the Department of Corrections. CCA counties comprise nearly 70%of Minnesota’s population. Smaller counties ban together and provide services to their region.
B. County Probation Officer: The juvenile and adult misdemeanor probation officers are employees of the county and work at the pleasure of the Chief Judge. Each of these counties receives a subsidy from the state that pays up tone-half of the salaries of these officers. Felony probation and supervised release cases in these counties are handled by probation officers employed by the state.
C. State Contract: The juvenile and misdemeanant probation officers are employees of the State Department of corrections and work in an assigned county. The funding is just the reverse of CPO Counties in that the counties pay the state for up tone-half of the salaries of the officers.
Glossary terms provided by the following: The Manual for School Social Work Practices in Minnesota produced by the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) in partnership with the Minnesota School Social Worker Association (MSSWA), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services – Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration National Mental Health Information Center, Center fro Mental Health Services, Hennepin County Community Corrections, Brown County Probation and Minnesota Judicial Branch.