Adult Mental Health

Mental Illness is not a choice. It is a disease of the brain that may cause disturbances in a person's thinking, feeling, moods and ability to relate to other people. It can reduce a person's ability for coping with ordinary life struggles and place tremendous burdens on family members and loved ones. Common mental health diagnoses include depression, bipolar disorder (manic depression), schizophrenia and anxiety disorders. People of any age, race or gender can be affected by mental illness. Please visit the National Association for the Mentally Ill (NAMI) or the National Mental Health Association (NMHA) websites to learn more.

Adult Mental Health Services

Some programs may have income and documentation of disability requirements. Information and referral to appropriate resources is available by calling the intake worker at 507-359-6500 or toll free at (800) 450-8246.

Case Management

Brown County Human Services Adult Mental Health staff provide case management services to adults with serious and persistent mental illness in Brown County. Assistance is given in obtaining mental health, social services, financial assistance, medical, legal vocational, housing and other services designed to assist individuals to remain in the community. Some programs may have income and documentation of disability requirements.

Adult Rehabilitative Mental Health Services (ARMHS)

Mental Health services which are rehabilitative enabling the recipient to develop and enhance independent living and community intervention skills along with medication education when these abilities are impaired by the symptoms of mental illness. These services are funded by Medical Assistance and may be accessed without a referral.

Adult Foster Care

Family or corporate foster care offers supervised housing with supportive services tailored to the individual's needs which may lead to permanent housing.

Employment Services

Individual Placement and Support (IPS) is an evidenced-based model of supported employment to assist people with serious mental illness find and maintain employment.  An Employment Counselor works with individuals to find appropriate jobs, and provides ongoing supportive service to help them keep jobs.

Outpatient Treatment Services

Pre-PetitionScreening For Commitment

When a person has behaviors which are threatening to themselves or others as a result of their mental illness, chemical dependency or developmental disability, Brown County Human Services may be asked to assist. Preparation of a pre-petition screening report is submitted to the County Attorney's office with a recommendation for various options of treatment and/or intervention. MN Statue 253B (Link)

Bridge on Center

Provides a safe and secure setting for adults with a severe and persistent mental illness living in the Brown County area. Programming focuses on life and leisure skills, educational programs, recreational-social activities, consumer volunteer opportunities in the Brown County area and individual consumer participation in Bridge on Center and/or Local Advisory Council on mental health. All programming facilitates consumer integration into the community and enhances the likelihood of continued independence in the community.

Mobile Crisis Team

The South Central Mobile Crisis Team is available 24/7 and is able to respond to all counties within our region including Blue Earth, Brown, Faribault, Freeborn, Le Sueur, Martin, Nicollet, Rice, Sibley, and Watonwan. The mobile team is able to meet with people that are experiencing a mental health or emotional crisis.

Contact Us

Mailing Address:
Brown County Human Services
1117 Center Street PO Box 788
New Ulm, MN 56073

Physical Address:
Community Services Building (CSB)
1117 Center Street
New Ulm

Map & Directions

Office Hours: 8:00am to 4:30pm
Monday through Friday (excluding holidays)

Human Services Director: Anne Broskoff

Telephone: (507) 354-8246 or
1 (800) 450-8246

TDD Phone Number: (507) 359-6505, for the hearing impaired

Fax General: (507) 359-6542
Fax Financial: (507) 359-4146


Completed forms and applications may be delivered to our office in one of four ways:

  1. Dropped off at our office during open hours.
  2. Put in the drop box in our parking lot anytime. Please place in an envelope with your name and who it should go to. The box is emptied several times throughout the business day. If you need original verififications returned, please note on the document
  3. Mailed to our PO Box listed above
  4. Scanning and emailing all documents to.

Financial Woker:
Child Support Worker:
All other documents:

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Hours: 8am to 4:30pm
(most offices)

Courthouse Address:
14 S State St
New Ulm, MN 56073