Bar None

Treatment for boys and adolesent males


Bar None Residential Treatment offers hope and a comprehensive array of effective children’s residential mental health services. These services are individualized, culturally affirmative, and designed to achieve successful results.


22426 St. Francis Boulevard
Nowthen, Minnesota 55303
General phone: 763-753-2500

Office hours

Monday - Friday,
8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Residential setting provides services 24-hours per day, 7-days per week, 365 days per year


Sunrise Program provides residential treatment for males, ages 12-18 and serves a wide range of program participants.

Deer Creek Shelter provides short-term placement for male children, ages 6-11 in crisis or transition.

Norris Lake Shelter provides short-term placement for adolescent males between the ages of 12-17 in crisis or transition.


Funding for participant placement is typically received through private health insurance and/or county social services

How we help

In a phased approach, residents will develop mastery in:

• Safety Skills
• Relaxation and Regulation Skills
• Feelings Skills
• Communication and Empathy Skills


  • Department of Human Services licensed for (SED) Severely Emotionally Disturbed youth
  • Cognitively delayed, exhibiting severe emotional and behavioral problems
  • Intensive, individualized therapeutic programming
  • Highly supervised

Deer Creek and Norris Lake Shelters

Short Term Stabilization

• Safe and supportive environment

• Stabilization of behavior and life skill development

Services We Provide

• Behavioral Assessment
• Bio/Social/Family Assessment
• Community-based recreational opportunities
• Diagnostic Assessment
• Discharge planning
• Medical screening
• Needs Assessment
• On-site education/school
• Placement recommendations
• Psychiatric and nursing

“It is impossible to express in a few words how we feel about the changes in our son and our family since the Bar None experience. It saved our son’s life.”

—Anonymous parents

Service descriptions

Clinical Staff

Bar None's clinical staff is composed of master's degree level mental health professionals who are licensed (or license eligible). Additionally, they:

  • Are assigned to each treatment and evaluation unit
  • Assure treatment units maintain a therapeutic environment
  • Provide family and group therapy
  • Furnish training to direct care Residential Counselors, who implement treatment plans, perform behavior management, run group sessions, etc.
  • Monitor resident treatment plans during placement
  • Provide aftercare services prior to and after discharge (Sunrise)

Individual, Group and Family Therapy

  • One to three hours per week of individual and family therapy
  • Five to seven hours per week of group therapy on-site
  • Provided in-home and in several Minneapolis/St. Paul metropolitan area office locations

Aftercare Services (Sunrise) 

  • Treatment and aftercare planning begins at intake and continues through placement
  • Clinical staff provide intensive parent/caregiver support
  • Individual follow-up for 6-months after discharge from the Bar None treatment facility

Work and Vocational Programming

  • Bar None's on-site Work Readiness Program includes landscaping, carpentry, painting, janitorial and food service work options
  • Manufacturing and landscaping classes available through Crossroads School
  • Bar None program participants may acquire jobs in the community, as appropriate
  • Restitution and community service options
For referrals and more information, contact Sara Ellis — Intake Coordinator
Phone: 763-252-4541
Fax: 888-965-5125