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About Us

Organization Information

Mission: Our mission is to provide comprehensive services of support that assist our consumers in reaching their maximum potential and improving their lives.

Vision: We envision a service system that recognizes and respects the behavior, ideas, values, beliefs, customs, language, rituals, and practices of the families we serve.

Philosophy: Our philosophy is based on the principle that all services and supports must be culturally specific and appropriate for the people we serve.


Organization Information

Progressive Individual Resources (PIR) was established as a consulting social service agency in 1988 to provide cultural diversity training and staff development to agencies that are working with children and families from diverse backgrounds.  In 1995, the focus of the organization was extended to include providing a short-term transition service to youth with dual diagnoses of mental health and mental retardation.  The eligible youths are those who have been placed in out-of-state residential programs and are ready to return back to their community.  The focus of this short-term transition program is for family reunification and preservation.  In 1997 PIR obtained a DHS License (Rule 245B) to provide In-Home family support services to families who have children with developmental disabilities and other related conditions.  PIR currently provides In-Home family support services to families in the Metro counties of Anoka, Dakota, Hennepin and Ramsey.  PIR currently provides services to children with Severe Emotional Disorder (SED) through Hennepin County Children’s Mental Health Collaborative and Ramsey County.  In 1998 PIR became a 501(C)3 non-profit social and behavioral health service organization.

Though PIR is a multi-cultural provider agency, we also specialize in working with new African immigrant refugee children and their families to promote healthy social adjustment.  PIR recognizes that new immigrants pose different and often even more complex challenges to the traditional mental health service delivery and many providers are not equipped to meet those challenges.  In many cases, members of these new immigrant groups are viewed simplistically as being similar and unitary when their cultures do in fact vary from clan to clan.  In most instances, the system has failed to understand the meaning of mutual health and cultural methods of mutual health supports for the new immigrant groups, just as the system has failed to assist them to understand the status of mental health and methods of mental health supports in their new home.  PIR believes that the physical and mental health of the immigrant and refugee families is consequential for their civic participation, labor force productivity, and quality of parenting.


Our services include, but are not limited to:

  • In-Home family support for children with SED.
  • PIR is certified by DHS to provide children rehabilitative services through Children Therapeutic Services of Supports (CTSS).
  • Respite services for SED children/youth.
  • Short-term transition living arrangements for juvenile delinquent youths.
  • Cultural competency training to mental health practitioners, organization, schools and agency Board of Directors.


Key Personnel of the Organization

The administrator has a M.A. degree in Counseling Psychology with over 12 years of working experience with children from diverse cultures and backgrounds.  Our Director of Services and Training has a PhD. In Health and Human Services Administration and is also a licensed Mental Health Professional with over 12 years of working experience in the mental health service delivery.