Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services

Overview of Services:  TSA’s Deaf, Deafblind, and Hard of Hearing Mental Health Program provides culturally affirmative mental health services to children (birth to 22 years), who are deaf, deafblind, or hard of hearing and their families; and who are experiencing difficulties due to emotional or behavioral disorder(s). These mental health services include: comprehensive diagnostic assessment, individual psychotherapy, family psychotherapy, family psychoeducation, and Children’s Therapeutic Services and Supports (CTSS), a flexible package of mental health services for children who require varying therapeutic and rehabilitative levels of intervention and combine psychotherapy (individual, family, group) with skills training (individual, family, group) and crisis assistance to help strengthen the emotional, behavioral, and social functioning of children and their families.

The therapists in the deaf and hard of hearing program have a broad range of understanding about the physical and mental health challenges and needs of children who have mild to profound hearing losses.  They understand how these needs influence behavior, school performance, family life, and social relationships.  They are well versed in addressing communication needs and language barriers. Therapists in the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program are fluent in American Sign language (ASL) and are familiar with Deaf culture.  

TSA is a community provider; therapists meet with children and families in their schools and homes.  Therapists partner with school personnel, who welcome them into their schools to help students with mental health needs.  Staff are working to establish partnerships with various local community facilities.  In some situations, the use of telemedicine may be available.

Location(s): Northwest, Northeast, East-Central, Southwest and South-Central areas of Minnesota. 

Ages: Birth - 22 years old

Typical Frequency of Service: 1-2 sessions per week

Available Services:

  • Diagnostic Assessment
  • Individual Therapy
  • Family Therapy
  • Group Therapy
  • Individual Skills Building
  • Family Skill Building
  • Group Skill Building
  • Consultation to schools and teachers

Additional Information: 

Fees for services are billed to Medical Assistance, managed care companies, and other third-party payers.  TSA is enrolled as a provider with most insurance plans.  Grant funds awarded to TSA by the Department of Human Services Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services Division may be available for children who do not have insurance or who are under-insured.

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