Headway Emotional Health Services' mission is to help you, your children, and your family back on the path toward emotionally healthy lives. We know what we’re doing: With more than 40 years in operation, our 200-plus staff members in Richfield, Brooklyn Center, and Hopkins provide comprehensive mental health therapy and classes to more than 20,000 families each year.
Since 1970, Headway has provided essential emotional health services to children, families, and individuals in the Twin Cities and surrounding areas. As a recognized community leader, we help people overcome issues such as mental health concerns, emotional and behavioral challenges, isolation, addiction, child abuse and neglect, physical and sexual abuse, and troubles with parenting and relationships.
What Makes Us Different
In 1970, a group of parents realized that their children weren’t getting the mental health support they needed. So they decided to do something about it. From that need, Storefront Youth Action was born, and in 2011 we renamed ourselves Headway.
Over the years we learned that mental health is a continuum — with negative developmental, relational, or life-altering situations on the one end, and every-day emotional health hurdles on the other — and we decided to serve the full spectrum, with a special focus on emotional health. We saw that if you have a healthy emotional base, the rest of the continuum is easier to deal with.
As we learned more, we expanded to serve not only children, but families, couples, and individuals, too. We’ve added three more locations and work directly with dozens of schools throughout the metro area. Our adult services grow every year. Our clinicians recommend and refer to different programs within our organization to build the best possible support system for you. But with all these new additions, our core idea has never changed: That everyone has the ability to build and maintain themselves from the inside, able to develop resilience to live their life with purpose. We all just need some help doing that sometimes.
Who We Serve
To us, empowering people of all ages includes all socioeconomic backgrounds as well. It's an added stress that at this time of critical need for emotional and mental health support, there are significant issues with access to services and insurance coverage. To help, we work with all insurances and offer a sliding-scale option to those who need it.
Please do not let concerns about insurance coverage — even if you don't have insurance — stop you from picking up the phone and asking for help.
If you or someone you know is affected by anxiety, depression, divorce, parenting trouble, domestic or sexual abuse, anger management or any other emotional health-related issue, contact us today.
Our History - 1970s
1970: Lake Minnetonka Mental Health Center is founded.
1972: The Storefront is founded in Richfield.
1973: Chemical assessment and education component is added.
1974: The Storefront becomes part of the Hennepin Area Youth Diversion Program, a county-wide effort to coordinate youth counseling agencies in Hennepin County.
1977: The Storefront and Edina Youth Action merge and become Storefront/Youth Action (SYA). SYA adds the Project Charlie Program, a drug abuse prevention program.
1979: SYA begins the Adolescent Victim Counseling Program (AVCP) to work with physically and sexually abused adolescents.
Our History - 1980s
1980: Project Charlie expands from Edina schools to include Richfield elementary schools.
1981: SYA begins the Adolescent Sex Offender Program as an outgrowth of the AVCP to work with non-assaulting sex offenders.
1983: The Delta Place Program begins as a program of SYA. This is a Day Treatment program for adolescents with fairly severe emotional or behavior problems.
1989: The Diversity Program is started in the Richfield and Bloomington schools. The Diversity Program is an early intervention program providing services for children of color in the suburban schools.
Our History - 1990s
1991: SYA staff writes Peaceful Partners as part of the Project Charlie program. It helps children face issues of violence in their lives.
1992: The Co-Parenting Program starts. This seminar for divorcing parents is designed to help minimize the negative impact of divorce on children.
1993: The Adolescents Victim Counsel Program and the Adolescent Sex Offender Programs merge to become the IMPACT program.
1995: The Co-Parenting Program is mandated in Hennepin County for all couples with children under the age of 18 who file for separation or divorce.
1996: The Edina offices of SYA and the Richfield offices of SYA merge and move into their new home in Richfield, where Headway Richfield is today.
1999: The Family Options program begins serving families with children under two who are at significant risk for abuse and neglect of their children. This project is a collaboration with Hennepin County Children and Families Department.
Our History - 2000s
2000: The Storefront Group is created through the merger of Storefront YouthAction and West Hennepin Counseling Services.
2002: In collaboration with Hennepin County Children and Families Services Division, Storefront begins providing case management services to children who have major mental health issues and their families.
2002: The Vision Program is created to provide classroom-based therapeutic services to level 3 special education students and case management to their families.
2003: Family School Coordinator services are launched in collaboration with Hennepin County, ISD 287, and the Hennepin County Alliance for Children & Families. The project provides case management services to children and their families whose school performance is below expectations.
Our History - 2010s
2011: The Storefront Group renames itself to become Headway Emotional Health Services.
2015: The Day Treatment program opens in Brooklyn Center.
2017: Family Spirit is created to provide culturally relevant home visiting services to Native American families.
2020: Outpatient services begin in Brooklyn Center.
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Our son cares about himself and others around him… He has regained hope and faith in life, and as a family, we have a huge increase in the positive interaction and time we share. Thank you for giving us so much.
I've worked with Headway for over ten years and the quality of the services they provide to youth and their family has been excellent. The staff genuinely care about their clients and want them to be successful, and they hold their young clients accountable for their behavior.
Willie Bridges, Office of the Hennepin County Attorney
I just want to say thank you for the support provided by Headway. We have had our new full time staff, Liz, for a week and many positive outcomes are being felt building wide.
Shannon McParland, Principal, Sioux Trail Elementary
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