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Somali & East African Behavioral Health

Hope with new skills and resources

Somali and East African Behavioral Health is a service of the Vona Center for Mental Health. The program offers culturally and language specific behavioral health services for Somali and East African youth and adults who experience significant difficulty due to emotional or behavioral problems, and their families.

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Locations

Vona Center for Mental Health
9220 Bass Lake Road, Ste 255
New Hope, MN 55428
(763) 225-4052

Hours

Office hours: Appointments are scheduled to accommodate the needs of program participants and may take place in a school, clinic, community or home setting

Participants

Somali or East African youth and adults who have social, emotional or behavioral problems

Fees

Behavioral health services are reimbursable by Medical Assistance, third party insurance payers and contractual agreements with counties

How we help



Our comprehensive services offer intensive therapeutic, skill building and rehabilitative services to help strengthen the emotional, behavioral and social functioning of Somali and East African youth, adults, and their families. This includes improving school performance, increasing school attendance and improving their ability to function well within their families and in the community. In addition, we perform diagnostic assessments and services for adults.

Vona's Somali and East African Behavioral Health Services staff is composed of highly trained mental health professionals who are fluent in Somali and knowledgeable about Somali and East African culture. They have a broad range of understanding about the physical and mental health needs of Somali and East African youth and adults and how these needs influence school, family life and social adjustment. When a youth or adult is referred to our program, program staff arrange for an initial intake screening and evaluation meeting to determine what the needs are. Plans are then made to meet these needs.

The Somali and East African Behavioral Health Services components include:

  • Diagnostic assessment
  • Individual therapy
  • Family therapy
  • Group therapy
  • Individual skill building
  • Family skill building
  • Group skill building
  • Multidisciplinary team consultation
  • Community presentations
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Vona's Somali and East African Behavioral Health Services provide Clinical Supervision and training of Somali Mental Health Practitioners to build their capacity to become independent professionals. Training, licensure supervision and consultation services to others is also available. Consultation, support and direct service is available from the multidisciplinary team of mental health professionals at the Vona Center for Mental Health.

The Vona Center for Mental Health is a Minnesota Department of Human Services licensed Rule 29 Mental Health Clinic and is accredited by the Council on Accreditation. Additionally, we are a certified provider of Children’s Therapeutic Services and Support (CTSS).

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For more information and referrals, contact front desk/intake
Phone: 763-225-4052
mtorrey@voamn.org