Improving lives for adults living with mental illness as well as maintaining the viability of providers through one voice for quality adult mental health services


Welcome to MHPAM

The Mental Health Providers Association of Minnesota is a non-profit organization of providers representing both for-profit and non-profit mental health providers in the state of Minnesota. These organizations provide a variety of services for adults throughout Minnesota such as: Intensive Residential Treatment Services (IRTS), Assertive Community Treatment (ACT), Adult Foster Care, Adult Rehabilitative Mental Health Services (ARMHS), Crisis Residential Stabilization Services, Targeted Case Management, and many others.

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Why Join?

Top 10 Reasons Why I Should Join MHPAM

1. Because I don’t have the resources to stay on top of all the various Mental Health policy discussions and legislative changes on my own.

2. It gets me a lobbying team that has worked in the system and is present at the capitol. Kevin Goodno served in the MN House of Representatives for 12 years and as DHS Commissioner before joining Fredrikson & Byron. Anni Simons worked as Senior Manager of Policy and Programs for a large coalition of Health & Human Services provider and advocacy organizations before joining Fredrikson & Byron. Their connections have been extremely valuable in making progress on several issues at the legislature and with DHS.

3. My questions can be answered quickly through MHPAM resources. Kevin Goodno and Anni Simons can find an answer — or find someone else who knows.

4. MHPAM e-mails me the latest news, questions and concerns that I need to be aware of related to mental health services policy and legislation.

5. I can share challenges with others and pose questions, and in doing so can find solutions. MHPAM members have supported one another with information about how best to meet DHS requirements regarding supervision, dealing with host counties, and about what a program can charge for copies of records (just as a few examples).

6. Because MHPAM has representatives on committees, work groups, and advisory panels. They keep me updated on the latest news from NAMI, the Mental Health Legislative Network, DHS’s Mental Health Services Improvement Workgroup and other groups.

7. MHPAM makes it easy to be involved through the latest technology. Travel is no longer a concern for joining an organization operating in Minneapolis or St. Paul.

8. High-level DHS staff communicate with MHPAM. Through my MHPAM membership I can get information and answers directly from the people who interpret state mandates. (Or I can ask our staff or lobbyist to ask a question on my behalf when I want anonymity on a particular issue.)

9. In these tough economic times where budgets are being cut on all levels, we all need representation to remain viable as organizations.

10. MHPAM provides an opportunity for members to gather and share information on key business and operational issues and guidelines at the city, county, state, and federal levels.

Become a Member

The Mental Health Providers Association of Minnesota gives providers an opportunity to successfully advocate for legislation and regulation through ongoing dialogue with the Department of Human Services. Our members, government relations team and staff have provided a wealth of information that has made the 245D language for Adult Foster Care provider much more relevant to programs that serve adults with serious mental illness. We influenced the recommendations of the Reform 2020 Steering Committee, and we are working with DHS to streamline the paperwork requirements for IRTS and other providers.

MHPAM also provides administrators, clinical supervisors, treatment directors, and other key members of your staff with a place to meet with peers to discuss issues of common concern. Our service line groups offer a great way for your staff to find out how programs from other areas around the state are handling training, paperwork, new regulations, etc.

Investing in MHPAM membership allows you and your agency to have a voice at the table, an answer to each of your questions and all of your concerns, as well as the reassurance that we are united in providing the highest quality mental health care for adults in Minnesota. Your membership is good for a full year from the date when you join. Please download the dues invoice and join us today!

Interested members should contact Anni Simons at for more information.


  • “MHPAM has provided our organization with the invaluable services of a lobbyist, peer support, a question/answer forum, direct access to DHS, networking, and so much more. Instead of being reactive to the constant changes in rules and regulations we feel MHPAM keeps us ahead of the ‘game’.”
    Phyllis Wojchik, Executive Director, ResCare
  • “Belonging to MHPAM has been invaluable to our organization: Meeting with other providers, regularly getting information on ways to effectively manage and run our programs; clinical, financial, legislative, and personnel related issues. Meeting regularly with key people from DHS, licensing, and other organizations.”
    Hugh Aylward, MA, LP, Treatment Director, Oasis Program
  • “There is no other organization that represents both non-profit and for-profit providers of Mental Health and Co-occurring disorders in Minnesota. MHPAM has been instrumental in working with DHS to address the challenges providers face in delivering state-of-the-art treatment interventions in a rapidly changing health care system.”
    Terry Schneider, MA, LP, Director of Clinical Services, ReEntry House
  • “I have to say that our lobbyists’ attention to detail that poses a significant effect on providers and action taken in such an expedient manner is extremely valuable to our members. The updates, alerts to act, the Steering committees guiding us to find solutions/resolutions in seeking change regarding problem areas that arise for providers and the attention to legislation that may have a huge impact on our services. I appreciate the minutes from meetings, and all the timely updates from the office, which promotes involvement, education and positive change. I personally have gained a better insight as to programmatic issues for a variety of Mental Health Service Providers through membership in MHPAM.”
    Mary Johnston, Director of Program Management, AFC and Assisted Living, Thrive Behavioral Network, LLC.