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To provide and inspire hope, promote independence and well-being, self-sufficiency and dignified community living for persons with disabilities and seniors, age 65 and older.

What are Independent Living Skills?
Independent living skills are those skills necessary to live as independently as possible. Such skills may include but are not limited to: housekeeping, cooking, time management, shopping, laundry, and budgeting. Skills may be related to social/recreational activities such as: utilizing leisure time in a satisfying manner, or knowing where to find appropriate social activities/resources

Who Needs Independent Living Skills?
Everybody needs independent living skills because they’re critical to our daily lives and enhances who we are. As a result, people learn and develop independent living skills throughout their live time. CHS seeks to assist people with disabilities to develop new independent living skills or enhance existing skills. It is up to you to make the choice to live independently and to dedicate time to yourself and to your own goal/s and skills development. Think about what independence means to you. Choose your goals for the level of independence you desire. We will help and support you.

When individuals or their family members receive a diagnosis of serious mental illness, often they feel alone and in need of information and resources. Many agencies exist that provide either information about these illnesses or advocacy for consumers who need help in obtaining what they need. Our list of resources is a place to start.

Health Association of Minnesota A local chapter of the National Mental Health Association, they provide information about services in the community and engage in advocacy for persons with mental illness at the national level and in Minnesota.
2021 East Hennepin Avenue, Suite 412 Minneapolis, MN 55413-2726 Phone: 612-331-6840 Fax: 612-331-1630 Toll-free: 800-862-1799 E-mail: Website:

Mental Health Consumer and Survivor Network of Minnesota Run by and for consumers of mental-health services, they provide information about mental health and other supportive services in Minnesota. The agency is active in addressing and advocating for consumers about issues in the mental-health system. 1821 University Avenue West, Suite S-160 Saint Paul, MN 55104-2803 Phone: 651-637-2800 Fax: 651-637-2777 Toll-free: 800-483-2007 E-mail: Website:

Mental Illness Ministry (MIM) They work collaboratively to diminish the stigma surrounding mental illness, provide education to help the community understand mental illness, and provide resources to support consumers of mental-health services.
St Joan of Arc Catholic Church 4537 3rd Ave. So. Minneapolis, Minnesota 55419 Phone: 612-823-8205 Fax: 612-825-7028 Website:

Department of Human Services, Behavioral Health Division
The agency provides information about admission, care, treatment, release, and follow-up of individuals in public or private psychiatric residential facilities.
Human Services Building 444 Lafayette Road Saint Paul, MN 55155-3828 Phone: 651-431-2225 Spanish Language Referral Line: 888-428-3438 Website:

Minnesota Disability Law Center
The organization provides protection and advocacy for the rights of people with mental illness, investigating reports of abuse and neglect in facilities that care for or treat individuals with mental illnesses. They address issues that arise during transportation or admission to such facilities, during residency in them, or within 90 days after discharge from them. Spanish language assistance is available.

430 First Avenue North, Suite 300 Minneapolis, MN 55401-1780 Phone: 612-332-1441 Fax: 612-334-5755 Toll-free: 800-292-4150 (Statewide) Website:

NAMI Minnesota

The National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI) maintains a helpline for information on mental illness and gives referrals to local groups, including NAMI Minnesota. The local organization provides support, advocacy, education, and information about services for families and individuals in Minnesota.

800 Transfer Road, Suite 7A Saint Paul , MN 55114 Phone: 651-645-2948 Fax: 651-645-7379 Toll-free: 888-473-0237 E-mail: Website:

Office of the Ombudsman for Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities, State of Minnesota

The organization receives and reviews complaints about the system that delivers services to persons with mental disabilities and also reviews deaths and serious injuries of persons receiving services.

Metro Square Building 121 East 7th Place, Suite 420 St. Paul , MN 55101-2117 Phone: 651-296-3848 Fax: 651-296-1021 Website: Information and Advocacy:

National Consumer Organization & Networking Technical Assistance Center (CONTAC) The organization provides resources for consumers and for organizations that consumers run across the United States. Its services and products include informational materials; on-site training and skill-building curricula; electronic and other types of communications; networking and customized activities promoting self-help, recovery, leadership, business management, and empowerment. P.O. Box 11000 Charleston, WV 25339 Phone: 888-825-TECH (8324) Fax: 304-345-7303 E-mail: Website: A large and comprehensive mental-health site, it focuses specifically on counseling and psychotherapy. They provide online therapy and counseling.
Phone: +44-(0)-7966-432-547 E-mail: Website:

The National Empowerment Center Run by mental-health consumers, the organization provides information and referrals to resources nationwide and offers technical assistance to individuals and groups involved in activities that foster consumers’ empowerment. The center distributes recovery-related publications and sponsors education and training.
599 Canal Street Lawrence, MA 01840 Toll-free: 800-769-3728 Fax: 978-681-6426 (TDD): 800-TTY-POWER (7693) E-mail: Website:

Healing Services Minneapolis School of Massage and Bodywork, Inc. Offers services performed by students at reduced prices.
81 Lowry Ave NE Minneapolis, MN 55418-3343 Phone: 612-788-8907 Website:

Centerpoint Massage School Offers Shiatsu Therapy and Massage Therapy in both the Professional Clinic and the Student Clinic, which provides services at reduced prices.
1313 5th Street S.E., Suite 336 Minneapolis, Minnesota 55414 Phone: 612-617-9090 Fax (612) 617-9292 Email: Website:

The American Academy of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine The Student Clinic offers professional Chinese medical treatment, including acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine, at a reduced price. Only professionals see and treat patients while students observe treatment. They can provide effective treatment as well as advice on appropriate exercise and diet.

1925 West County Road B2 Roseville, MN 55113 Phone: 651-631-0204 or 651-631-0216 Website:

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