Twenty percent of
Minnesotans live with a mental illness. Minnesota’s hospitals are dedicated to
fighting stigma and providing the most appropriate care to Minnesotans with
mental illnesses, substance use disorders and co-occurring conditions.
Minnesota’s hospitals report having 1,360 inpatient mental health beds statewide: 1,180 for adults, 180 for
Mental health treatment in Minnesota has evolved from the
large state institutions of the past. Today, nearly 75 percent of mental health care
is delivered in community settings, and people experiencing mental illnesses,
substance abuse and/or co-occurring conditions are able to maintain a much
higher quality of life living in their own homes, in their own communities.
As part of this shift to community-based care, Minnesota’s
hospitals continue to serve thousands of patients experiencing mental illness
and other related conditions. From inpatient acute care to offering outpatient
therapy and partnering with local community services, Minnesota hospitals are
involved at every level of mental health care delivery.
Learn more about MHA's mental and behavioral health priorities.
What MHA is doing
Potentially Avoidable Days study
A study by MHA found nearly one in five days mental health patients spend admitted to impatient community hospital psychiatric units is potentially avoidable. "Potentially avoidable days" are days that mental health patients spent admitted to a hospital when they would more appropriately have been treated in a different care setting. The first-of-its-kind study tracked de-identified
mental health patients admitted to inpatient psychiatric units at 20
participating hospitals and health systems throughout Minnesota between March
15 and April 30, 2016. Of the 32,520 total mental health bed days in all
participating hospitals, 6,052 – or 19 percent – were identified as potentially avoidable. Read the executive summary or the full report.
Mental Health White Paper
MHA has compiled research about Minnesota's utilization trends, health care delivery system challenges, service gaps, as well as examples of innovative models being explored by health systems in Minnesota and around the country. Based on this research, MHA has produced a mental health white paper as a resource for those interested in learning about the mental and behavioral health care challenges Minnesota faces, and some of the options available for achieving better care and outcomes for patients.
Helping find appropriate care
Minnesota’s hospitals and health systems serve
thousands of patients with mental health and addiction treatment needs.
Hospitals want to help ensure that patients receive the right mental health
care at the right time in the right place. MHA has partnered with the state of Minnesota to create and maintain Minnesota Mental Health Access, an online tool to help providers locate available mental health