History

Highlights and Milestones in Lee Carlson Center for Mental Health and Well-Being's History:

Founding

1979 - 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 501c(3) charitable organization serving Anoka County. (Our early focus was school support groups for at-risk youth.)

Program launched

1984 - 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

1990 - Child Psychiatry added: To fill a growing demand, the agency added Child & Adolescent Psychiatrists to the team.

Bridgeview moved

1994 - 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.

Domestic Abuse Program

1996 - 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 and victims of domestic violence including women and children.

Renaming

2009 - 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. Lee Carlson Center also becomes a Children’s Therapeutic Services and Supports (CTSS) Provider.

New initiatives

2010-2011 - New initiatives and recognition: 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 agency becomes a licensed Rule 29 Mental Health Outpatient Provider. The first installment of our cable tv show, "Putting a Face on Mental Health" aired on North Metro Channel 15. The agency, along with collaborative partner North Metro TV, was nominated for a local "Emmy" for a segment on Children’s Mental Health.

Alliances

2012-2014 - Alliances: 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. Lee Carlson Center becomes an Essential Community Provider (ECP) under the MN Department of Health.

Transition

2015-2016 - Transition: Lee Carlson Center for Mental Health and Wellbeing hires new Executive Director Rob Edwards and joins the Minnesota provider association AspireMN (formerly MCCCA). Services also expand to Fridley Schools, expands services in Centennial schools and the agency begins providing CTSS In home mental health services to children and their families.

Expanding the Impact

2017Expanding the impact: Lee Carlson Center expands programming to Osseo Area Schools, St. Francis Schools and Totino-Grace High School and is now operating in a total of 26 schools across 5 school districts with 3 more districts planned for 2018. Bridgeview adds housing support services for adults with severe and persistent mental illness. The agency opened a clinic location in Coon Rapids and imbedded mental health services at North Metro Pediatrics.  2017 marked the start of a 3 year strategic plan that would guide excellence in mission implementation through 2019.

Intensive Treatment Foster Care Program

2018 - Intensive Treatment Foster Care (ITFC) Program: Lee Carlson Center adds ITFC Program providing intensive mental health services to children living in foster care, services begin in St. Anthony-New Brighton school district and the agency also begins providing community-based Adult Rehabilitative Mental Health Services (ARMHS) bringing the total number of programs operated by the agency to 8.

Alliances

2019 - Adding Outreach and Clinic Locations Following the addition of a Coon Rapids Clinic location in 2017 Lee Carlson Center added another 5,000 square foot location in early 2019 in Brooklyn Center providing all the same services in each location that it offers in Fridley.  Along with the growth in clinics Lee Carlson Center added school-based programs in Spring Lake Park School District, and expands services in the Osseo Area School District and in late 2019 will add programming in the Anoka-Hennepin School District focused on early childhood and elementary age students and their families. In 2019, partnerships with Blaine and Columbia Heights Police Departments helped expand the organization's role in meeting community members where they are at by conducting critical outreach to engage community members in the agency's programs and services. In addition, Lee Carlson Center partnered with the Allina hospital system to provide Emergency Room and inpatient doctors access to schedule appointments for their clients at a nearby Lee Carlson Center clinic upon discharge from the hospital system using a special Allina portal with same day or next day appointment availability at Lee Carlson Center.