BRIDGES Mental Health Collaborative

About Us

BRIDGES (Bringing Resources, Information, Direction, and Guidance to Everyone in Sherburne County) is an unincorporated association of designated community partners as authorized by federal regulations and state statute overseeing the utilization of federal Medicaid and Title IVE dollars that are reimbursed to states, counties and communities in the form of Local Collaborative Time Study Dollars (LCTS).  

Some of the benefits of belonging to this dynamic group are:  connecting with other individuals and organizations within the community; extending your services/resources to a larger population, and knowledge sharing amongst organizations with similar goals and visions.

Mission & Principles

The purpose of BRIDGES is to improve the mental health of children in Sherburne County by coordinating and integrating existing services and developing new services for children, their families, and the community in which they live. The following core values establish and drive the work of all Collaboratives to foster well-being and resilience:
▪ Strengths based
▪ Child centered, youth guided, and family driven (increasing voice and choice)
▪ Holistic family, community, and systems approaches
▪ Culturally and economically affirming, responsive, and inclusive
▪ Equitable communities reducing disparities and increasing opportunities
▪ Research informed and data driven


We meet the 3rd Friday every other month except for the summer, 9:00-11:00am 
Sherburne County Government Center
13880 Business Center Drive
Maple Conference Room, Floor 1
Virtual option via Teams

2024 Meeting Dates:
January 19
March 15
May 17
September 20
November 15

Agendas & Minutes

Agendas are available prior to the meeting.  Minutes are made available following the meeting.

View Most Recent Agendas and Minutes

Criteria for Membership

  • Agencies/Individuals must be committed to the purpose, mission, vision and values of BRIDGES.
  • An application for Membership must be submitted to the Collaborative.
  • Regular attendance to collaborative meetings is required of member agencies.

If you are interested in joining the BRIDGES Collaborative, please contact Therese Butterfield, the Collaborative Secretary at:

Sherburne County Health and Human Services
13880 Business Center Drive NW Ste 100
Elk River, MN 55330
Phone: 763-765-4245

Collaborative Coordinator

Leslie Young
Sherburne County Health & Human Services
Clinical Supervisor/Trainer
Phone: 763-355-2808


Mitch Fennell
Sherburne County Health & Human Services
Social Services Division
Nicole Ruhoff
Sherburne County Health & Human Services
Public Health Division
Teresa Becker
Sherburne County Community Corrections
Carla Nolan
ISD 726 - Becker Schools
Ben Bonnett
ISD 727 - Big Lake Schools
Rachel Hilyar
ISD 728 - Elk River Schools
Lana Talberg
ISD 6069 - Sherburne & Northern Wright Special Education
Sheri Tesch
Central Minnesota Mental Health Center
Paul Fischer
MHealth Fairview
Katherine See
Big Brothers Big Sisters
Liza Davis
Greater Minnesota
Chad Rhoads
Lutheran Social Services
Kristi Monsour & David Kaczor
Reach-Up Head Start
Mel Harmon
Rivers of Hope
Julie Schultz
Main Street Family Services
Lana Lambrecht
Spark 2 Hope
Sarah Hamlin
Parent Representative
Amanda Clemens