History SCHRC Mental Health MN Therapy & Psychiatry
History SCHRC Mental Health MN Therapy & Psychiatry

The History of South Central Human Relations Center

From its modest beginnings as a small mental health clinic, South Central Human Relations Center has expanded to offer a variety of behavioral health programs that touch thousands of lives each year. Today, our organization operates in multiple locations across southern Minnesota, providing many different types of individual and group therapy programs, as well as counseling, psychiatry, case management and Integrated Dual Disorder Treatment (IDDT), to name a few. Key dates in South Central Human Relations Center’s history include:

  • 1964—Clinic opens to provide outpatient behavioral health services
  • 1983—Intensive residential treatment services initially provided at Safe Harbour facility
  • 1987-88—Adult and family case management services provided to Steele, Dodge and Waseca counties
  • 1998—Adult foster care services provided to adults with mental and/or chemical health issues
  • 2003—Community support programs expanded to include Adult Rehabilitation Mental Health Services (ARMHS)
  • 2007—Dual Recovery Program introduced to treat adults and adolescents with a mental illness and substance use disorder.
  • Re-entry program implemented with Steele and Dodge counties to assist criminals’ re-integration into the community
  • 2009—Owatonna Hospital, South Country Health Alliance and Steele County collaborate with South Central Human Relations Center to hire social worker to serve frequent users of emergency-room services
  • 2011—Youngdahl Living, a 16-unit facility with 24-hour staffing, opens in Owatonna to provide permanent supportive housing for adults with instability and housing barriers across a 10-county region