Lee Carlson Center provides exceptional and affordable mental health services for families, children, youth, and adults in our community.



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Agency founded:

Lee Carlson Center for Mental Health and Well-Being (then known as Central Center for Family Resources) was founded as a community mental health and 501 © (3) charitable organization serving Anoka County. (Our early focus was school support groups for at-risk youth.)


Program launched for adults with serious & persistent mental illness:

Under the agency umbrella, a drop-in-center for adults with serious & persistent mental illness called Bridgeview opened its doors in Fridley at Islands of Peace Park.


Child Psychiatry added:

To fill a growing demand, the agency added Child & Adolescent Psychiatrists to the team.


Bridgeview moved:

With help from Anoka County and the "Anoka County Community Action Program," Bridgeview moved to a house on 81st Avenue in Spring Lake Park.


Agency introduced a Domestic Abuse Program:

The Wilder Foundation ended their Domestic Abuse Program. To fill this huge void, the agency launched a Domestic Abuse Program focused primarily on male perpetrators.


Local recognition:

Lee Carlson, the agency founder and Executive Director, was awarded "Public Citizen of the Year" by the MN Chapter of the National Assn. of Social Workers.

School Program expanded:

Agency Therapists expanded their role in the community to serve over 25 schools in the Anoka-Hennepin School District.

Founder passed away:

Lee Carlson passed away following a 2-year battle with cancer.


Agency move:

The agency relocated its main clinic from Spring Lake Park to Fridley to offer better access for clients to public transportation. The new building also offers additional therapy space to accommodate a growing client base.

New strategic direction:

Our mission became “To provide exceptional and affordable mental health services for families, children, youth, and adults in our community."


Renaming to Lee Carlson Center

As a tribute to our founder, on October 19, 2009 Central Center for Family Resources officially became Lee Carlson Center for Mental Health and Well-Being.


New initiatives:

Agency launched a "Restorative Parenting Program" within our Domestic Abuse Program, designed to help male batterers, women survivors and their children heal wounds and improve family dynamics.

The first installment of our cable tv show, "Putting a Face on Mental Health" aired on North Metro Channel 15.

Recognition given:


The agency, along with collaborative partner North Metro TV, was nominated for a local "Emmy" for a segment on Children’s Mental Health.

Anoka High School was the site for “Anoka County’s Got Talent” a variety show fundraiser pairing local dignitaries with musicians and dancers to raise money for the agency’s school programs.



Allina Health provided grants to educate and inspire Bridgeview members to adapt healthier lifestyles.

We formed a new partnership with Headstart of Anoka and Washington County and their “Fathers Reading Every Day” initiative.

Zion Lutheran Church in Anoka became a counseling site for Lee Carlson Center clients.