Intensive Residential Treatment Plan

Our Minnesota based IRTS programs are structured, comprehensive, 24-hour mental health residential programs for adults with serious mental illness. We develop Individual Treatment Plans for each person served, based on an assessment of their strengths and needs. These personalized plans outline skills, activities and groups that a person may participate in to promote their recovery and mental health stability. Our treatment service components use established psychiatric rehabilitative principles and values and are consistent with best practices based on contemporary research. 

Our services are trauma-informed, harm reduction oriented, and person-centered. We offer individual and group skill development, room and board, medication management, assessment and planning, and resource acquisition.  We work as partners with our people served to build functional and sustainable skills identified on their personalized treatment plan.

IRTS programs are designed to develop and enhance: psychiatric stability, personal and emotional adjustment, self-sufficiency, and skills to live in a more independent setting. 

Skills and resources that may be offered through individual or group:

  • Medication administration, education, self-administration
  • Budgeting and financial skills
  • Vocational skills
  • Health and wellness skills
  • Cooking and nutritional skills
  • Transportation
  • Community resources
  • Social, emotional and interpersonal skills
  • Medical and physical health awareness
  • Wellness management and recovery
  • Integrated dual diagnosis treatment
  • Therapeutic Skill Development
  • Family psychosocial education
  • Nursing services
  • Inter-agency case coordination
  • Community integration
  • Crisis intervention and assistance
  • Peer support
  • Transition and discharge planning
  • Competency restoration
  • Psychiatry support

Individuals qualifying for our IRTS must be Minnesota Health Care Program eligible and meet the following criteria:

  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Have a primary diagnosis of mental illness as determined by a diagnostic assessment
  • Have a completed functional assessmentusing the domains specified in statute and have three or more areas of significant impairment in functioning
  • Have a completed LOCUSassessment where a Level 5 is indicated
  • Be reasonably expected to commence or resume illness management and recovery skills or strategies at this level of service
  • Need 24-hour supervised, monitored and focused treatment approach to improve functioning and avoid relapse that would require a higher level of treatment
  • Is not responsive to an adequate trial of active treatment at a less intensive level of care
  • Is at risk of significant functional deterioration if IRTS are not received
  • Have one or more of the following:
    • History of two or more inpatient hospitalizations in the past year
    • Significant independent living instability
    • Unhoused, or periods of being unhoused
    • Frequent use of mental health and related services yielding poor outcomes in outpatient or community support treatment

Individuals who are 17 years old and transitioning to adult mental health services may be considered for IRTS if the service is determined to best meet their needs. IRTS providers must secure a licensing variance in this situation. Members may receive IRTS instead of hospitalization, if appropriate.