Human Services

Behavioral Health

The Behavioral Health Department (BHD offers a full range of coordinated mental health, chemical health and problem gambling services to promote the overall well being and functioning of individuals and families living in the Fond du Lac Reservation service area. Non-Indian members of an Indian family may also receive services based on individual program eligibility. All programs may make special considerations for those needing services while incarcerated, in the hospital or homebound due to physical limitations.

Methamphetamine, Stimulants, and Prescription Drug Out Patient Treatment Program (MSPD)


Counseling Services

The focus of the Mental Health counseling program is “whole person wellness.” Whole person wellness means achieving and maintaining a balanced level of physical, mental, emotional, social, and spiritual health. Mental health services include:

  • One-to-one counseling for adults and children
  • Couples counseling for couples, married or not, to work on the growth of the relationship;
  • Family counseling for families of all styles to work on promoting a healthy family life;
  • Group counseling, offered on a regular basis;
  • Community educational presentations; and
  • Psychiatric and psychological evaluations, as needed.

Specialty areas of counselors include:

  • Counseling individuals with past or recent trauma (child abuse, witness to violence, victim of violence, removal from parent, etc,) by EMDR specialists (ask your counselor about this method of treatment)
  • Grief and loss;
  • Chronic depression;
  • Clinical hypnosis. Hypnosis can be particularly helpful to chronic pain sufferers and to aid in control of anxiety, panic and specific phobias; and
  • Reiki.

Domestic Abuse Counseling and Education Program (DACEP)

Court ordered adult males are eligible to receive treatment necessary to meet MN State guidelines for domestic abuse offenders. The program is a 26-week, culturally specific program that includes assessment, individual therapy and group therapy.

Children’s Mental Health Case Management

Case management is available for children experiencing emotional and/or behavioral disturbances that impact family and/or educational functioning. Young adults in need can also receive case management services to assist in transitioning towards independence. With both children and young adults, the case manager will create a plan to work towards improved functioning and wellness.


Assessments/Counseling/Community Support

The Chemical Dependency counselors reach out to Indian people through individual counseling, Rule 25 assessments, community education presentations, weekly AA meetings and the monthly sobriety feast.

If it has been determined that a client needs treatment, a FDL Chemical Dependency Counselor may assist the client in finding and entering a treatment program. Clients who qualify under State of Minnesota guidelines are eligible to receive limited treatment funds. If a client is eligible, Fond du Lac will pay for 100% of the cost of services, as long as the funds are available.

Referrals for in-patient or outpatient treatment services are made to in-house or local treatment programs such as FDL Alcohol and Other Drug Addiction (AODA) out-patient program,. Mash-ka-wisen and Miller Dwan, as needed and planned with the client.

Sobriety feasts are held twice per month. One feast is held the second Tuesday of every month for the Duluth community at the YMCA and on the last Wednesday of the month at the Brookston Center for the FDL community. Attendees are encouraged to bring potluck for the event, which includes a speaker and a medallion ceremony. Family members and other support persons are invited to join the feast.


All Fond du Lac clients in treatment are encouraged to receive Aftercare services. Discharge planning takes place while the client is still in treatment. When treatment has been completed, the client will stand a better chance of staying sober if he/she follows the plan.

Aftercare groups are held weekly to help clients deal with the issues that arise in the non-treatment, non-protected environment with focus to relapse prevention Most importantly, clients get a chance to be with other people at more mature stages of sobriety.

Alcohol and Other Drug Addiction (AODA) Out-patient Treatment Program

The FDL AODA Program provides culturally specific outpatient treatment for individuals referred by a Rule 25 assessor. The program is a 3 phase, 24-week program that includes 12 weeks of Aftercare.


Community members can receive the following services in the area of gambling:

  • Individual assessments to determine risk or level of treatment necessary to address need.
  • Referral to area out-patient or in-patient services. Funding is available for eligible clients
  • Support services for family members affected by a loved ones gambling.
  • Gambler’s Anonymous (GA) meet every Tuesday at MNAW.
  • Problem gambling professional will offer group presentations by request.


Transportation within the FDL area and other supportive services are available to assist those in need in maintaining behavioral health appointments.