LifeSpan of Minnesota, Inc. is a Youth Transition Program (YTP) that is certified to provide Day Treatment by the Department of Human Services through Children’s Therapeutic Services and Support (CTSS).
LifeSpan of Minnesota, Inc. provides day treatment services to school age children ranging from 5 through 18 years of age. We serve children who have emotional and behavioral disturbances caused by mental health disorders; neurological vulnerabilities; traumatic experiences, including abuse, neglect, and exposure to domestic violence; exposure to drugs or alcohol; disrupted attachments to adults and significant changes in the family.
The program focuses on developing adaptive coping, problem-solving, and socially acceptable behaviors so that the clients can regulate their emotions and begin to identify and express feelings more appropriately. Families have strong involvement in the program and receive support and guidance to help them work with their children to transfer these positive coping skills at home.
LifeSpan of Minnesota, Inc. has two locations, one in Burnsville and one in Shoreview. Children attend the program daily for approximately 6 to 9 months. Our hours of operation are Monday through Friday, 8:00am to 5:00pm. Our day treatment program runs year round from 8:00am to 2:00pm. Summer hours may vary at each site. Children are transported by their home school district or by our own transportation system.
YTP exhibits an eclectic approach that works to instill in each client and family a feeling of self-worth and hope for the future. YTP has created a flexible, nurturing and structured atmosphere, which promotes client empowerment, involvement, and responsibility in individual treatment planning. The program group approach emphasizing accountability, respect, independence and active decision making. This approach is reinforced in a fair, but firm refusal to do anything for the client that he/she is capable of doing for him/herself. YTP expects family participation and involvement in order to promote lasting change.
LifeSpan of Minnesota, Inc. staff prides itself on having skilled professionals who are committed to making a positive impact on our clients. All of our Staff members are chosen for their experience and sense of responsibility. The assurance of confidentiality fosters and strengthens the integrity of the clinical process.
Funding is on a case by case basis coming from four major sources: counties, schools, medical assistance and private insurance companies.
Most clients are transported by their home school district. LifeSpan may also provide transportation to eligible clients.