The Family Partnership is a certified Children’s Therapeutic Services and Support (CTSS) provider, offering time limited, in-home and community-based treatment specifically designed to meet the individual needs of the child. Our CTSS services are designed to work with the child and the family simultaneously to develop skills to increase functioning and satisfaction in all areas of life for the child, including at home, in school, and in the community.

What We Do

Our services assist children in increasing social and emotional functioning that may be delayed due to a myriad of life circumstances, including homelessness, loss of a loved one, separation from parents and/or family, witness to violence, foster placement, etc.

CTSS services can be provided in the child’s home, school, or in a community setting. Components include:

Skills Training:
  • Rehabilitation through teaching, practice, and mastery of specific skills impaired by mental health issues
  • This includes ways to monitor, cope, and counteract problems (self-monitoring, problem solving, relaxation, and activity scheduling)
Crisis Assistance:
  • Developing arrangements for direct intervention and support services and/or referral to more appropriate resources and assistance
  • Recognizing factors precipitating a mental health crisis and how to utilize that knowledge to decrease the likelihood and/or intensity of another crisis in the future
  • Exploration of thoughts and emotions and how they impact individual and family functioning
  • Examination of how emotions impact behaviors

CTSS Goal Areas

Social: Provide children with the opportunity to improve their social skills with family members, friends, siblings, and peers

Emotional: Increase the child’s understanding of their feelings, how to express them in healthy ways, and develop coping skills to handle these emotions

Mental: Encourage the understanding of the child’s unique self and develop strength and resilience

What Can We Help With

  • Temper tantrums
  • Fighting with siblings and friends
  • Difficulty paying attention
  • Looking “checked out”
  • Being fearful and worried
  • Aggressive behavior
  • Behavioral problems at school
  • Difficulty adjusting to recent changes in life
  • Avoiding out-of-home placement
  • Transitioning back home following out-of-home placement

Who is Eligible

To be eligible for CTSS, children must be:

  • Residents of Hennepin County


  • Under the age of 18 and diagnosed with or meet the criteria for an Emotional Disturbance (ED) or Severe Emotional Disturbance (SED)


  • Adolescents aged 18-20 diagnosed with mental illness (MI) or serious and persistent mental illness (SPMI)

Who Can Refer

Anyone working with the identified child can refer, such as:

  • Parents
  • Family workers
  • Teachers
  • Therapists
  • Doctors

For more in formation regarding Children’s Therapeutic Services and Support (CTSS), contact Emily Geffre at 612.294.2688 or

Click here to download the Children’s Therapeutic Services and Support (CTSS) brochure

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