Minnesota CarePartner began serving the community in 2014. Katy Armendariz saw a need for a child welfare agency that addressed the mental health and chemical health needs of children and families. Growing up in the child welfare system, Katy saw how the system disproportionately affects children and families of color. Her passion to serve disadvantaged families coupled with a societal need for more cultural representation in therapy sparked the beginning of Minnesota CarePartner.
Some individuals have a difficult time living full lives, and families have a hard time parenting due to psychosocial barriers. Mental health issues, homelessness, substance use disorders and other issues marginalized populations experience can result in suffering in isolation rather than seeking care, and children being removed from their homes.
Minnesota CarePartner designed our programs to address such barriers to equitable care. We do this by providing services that view individuals and families within their environmental contexts and through the lens of historical trauma and current oppressions.
Our goal is to reduce the disparities of low income families of color in the behavioral healthcare system and keep families together.
We specialize in in-home and community-based services for individuals and families who cannot make it to a clinic due to physical, mental, social, financial, and/or transportation barriers.
We also offer outpatient substance use disorder treatment and therapy at our offices for those who prefer to meet outside of their home.