Item Coversheet

Board Action Request

Item Description:
Agmt A188879 with the State of MN Dept of Human Services Child Support Services Division to fund the Co-Parent Program for the grant period 5/15/18-6/30/19; $300,000(recv); $150,000 supp appr to the 2018 NorthPoint Health & Wellness Center (Primary Care Department) budget

BE IT RESOLVED, that Agreement A188879 with the State of Minnesota to receive grant funding for the Co-Parent Services during the period May 15, 2018 through June 30, 2019 in the receivable amount of $300,000 be approved; that the Chair of the Board be authorized to sign the Agreement on behalf of the county; and that the Controller be authorized to receive and disburse funds as directed; and


BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Primary Care Department be authorized to receive a supplemental appropriation of $150,000 to the 2018 Primary Care Department budget; and


BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that sponsorship and acceptance of the grant funding for this program by the Board of Commissioners does not imply a continued funding commitment for this program when grant funds are no longer available.


Since 2010 NorthPoint Health & Wellness Center in partnership with Hennepin County Family Court Services, Human Services and community-based partners has provided supportive services to help families build parenting skills and knowledge. The Co-Parent Program’s goals are to establish paternity and support co-parenting to improve social, emotional, and financial outcomes for children, families, and communities. 

The University of Minnesota evaluated the impact of the Co-Parent Program against a control group in 2013 and reported these findings:


  • 87% increase in the amount of paid child support when both parents completed the program

  • 63% positive change in the co-parenting relationship

  • 69% change in understanding of the role of fathers

  • Themes from interviews with parents included:

    • Parents speaking with empathy, compassion and respect for their co-parents

    • Mothers wanting more supports for fathers in order to assist them with being good fathers

    • Involvement is more than just financial or physical time spent, but it is an “emotional presence in their child’s life.


During the 2017 legislative session, the state appropriated $300,000 to a federally qualified health care center to provide co-parenting services. NorthPoint Health & Wellness Center responded to the Department of Human Services request for proposals and was awarded funding. The following services are to be provided in this funding from the State:

  1. Co parenting workshops for unmarried parents;

  2. Assistance to the unmarried parents in developing a parenting plan and  the parenting plan must include the option of using private mediation

  3. An assessment of social services needs for each parent; and

  4. Additional social services support, including support related to employment, education, and housing.

Expected outcomes:


  1. Co-Parent Program services provided to 100 families

  2. Improved co-parenting relationships

  3. Increased engagement with child/children by both parents

Agreement A1888579 will allow the program to continue through June 30, 2019 and accepts $150,000 for the rest of 2018. An additional $150,000 will be received in 2019.