Range Mental Health Center

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218-749-2881 - 800-450-2273

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The Range Mental Health Center is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing comprehensive integrated behavioral health care services to the citizens of northern Minnesota thereby helping people reach and maintain productive and dignified lives.

Range Mental Health Center


Each year the Range Mental Health Center treats more than 6,800 individuals for mental health and chemical use disorders. Our geographic service area spans over 6,000 square miles providing services to all age groups, races, social classes and disabilities. We provide services to children, families, adults, nursing home residents, retirees, and veterans. The center's mission is dedicated to providing comprehensive services to our citizens by helping them reach and maintain dignified lives.

Established in 1961 with a staff of two, the Center now employs over 200 staff.   We provide outpatient, inpatient, residential group homes, supportive apartments, school based services, home based and drop-in services. We are located in Virginia, Hibbing, Eveleth, and Ely. Elementary age children in each of the Range schools have access to a Range Mental Health Center counselor. The array of services has been recognized as a model both statewide and nationally.

NAMI Minnesota Enters Third Year of MNsure Outreach
Over the last two years, MNsure has assisted in lowering the uninsured rate in Minnesota to a record low of 4%, which is much lower than in other states.  For this next year, NAMI Minnesota is working to educate individuals on how insurance works and how to utilize the benefits offered.

Under the new grant, NAMI Minnesota is partnering with the following agencies to ensure statewide outreach: Mental Health Minnesota, Northern Pines Mental Health, Range Mental Health Center, Inc., Resources, Inc. and South Central Human Relations Center.  Navigators will be available at booths in different communities throughout the year to answer questions and help people sign up for health insurance.  In addition, NAMI Minnesota is working to ensure that people understand basic health insurance terms and how to use primary care and mental health care.

So why should people enroll in a health insurance plan through MNsure? Mnsure offers multiple health plans for insurance companies all in one easy-to-shop location.  Insurance through MNsure is very afforable, and tax credits and cost-sharing reductions are available for those who don't qualify for public health insurance through Medical Assistance or MinnesotaCare.  MNsure is the only place where an individual or family can obtain these tax credits to help pay for insurance premiums.  An individual earning up to $46,680 per year or a family of four earning up to $95,400 will most likely qualify for a tax credit.

There are also benefits to people with mental illnesses and substance use disorders.

  • All plans under MNsure must cover mental health and substance use disorder treatment, and must follow mental health parity laws.
  • There are no exclusions or waiting periods for individuals with pre-existing health conditions.
  • Medical Assistance expansion allows eligibility based on income or disability.
  • MinnesotaCare no longer has waiting periods or a $10,000 cap on inpatient hospital services.

Open Enrollment goes from November 1, 2015 through January 31, 2016.  However, individuals may apply and be eligible for Medical Assistance and MinnesotaCare throughout the year.  In addition, people who are not eligible for public health insurance may obtain health insurance through MNsure if they qualify for a Special Enrollment Period due to a qualifying life event.

NAMI Minnesota and its partner agencies have navigators who can help you or your loved one sign up through MNsure, or assist you wil supplemental insurance if you are on Medicare or SSI.  To sign up or if you have questions, please contact NAMI Minnesota's MNsure Project Coordinator, Dara Larson, at dlarson@namimn.org or call 651-645-2948, ext. 117.

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