Before completing an application for admission, please review our admission criteria to determine if Tasks Unlimited meets your mental health recovery needs:

All Programs

All Program Applicants Must:

  • Be at least 18 years of age;
  • Meet State of Minnesota requirements for serious and persistent mental illness including, but not limited to, schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, bipolar disorder and major depressive disorder;
  • Express a willingness to actively participate in the program;
  • Not pose a risk of serious harm to self or others;
  • Be able to obtain security clearance;
  • Have support and funding from the State of Minnesota Vocational Rehabilitation Services;
  • Be physically prepared to participate in a full range of activities and employment with reasonable accommodation;
  • Complete a successful tour of the applicable program, whenever possible;
  • Demonstrate the capacity to benefit from programming;
  • Demonstrate an interest in and the ability to engage in the Fairweather model of treatment;
  • Not be in need of health care beyond that which can be provided with program resources;
  • Be eligible for or have Medical Assistance.

Applicants with a criminal history will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Admission will be based on the established procedures, including an assessment of the criminal behavior being related to mental illness. Please note: Level 1 offenders and offenders with a history related to arson convictions will need pre-approval by the Executive Director; Level 2 and Level 3 offenders are ineligible for any Tasks program.

JOB$ Training Program

Persons interested in the JOB$ Training Program only, must also:

  • Have a stable living situation of at least three months duration prior to beginning the program. Any move during training must have the support and involvement of the training team.
  • Be reasonably stable on psychiatric medication if prescribed by a mental health provider and be willing to continue taking them as prescribed;
  • Demonstrate a minimum of 30 days of verifiable sobriety prior to beginning the program;
  • Must not have performed self-abusive or suicidal acts in the past 30 days.

Lodge Training Program

Persons interested in the Lodge Training Program must also be in need of IRTS services deemed to be medically necessary as defined by MN Statutes (see below):

  • Have a history of 2 or more inpatient hospitalizations in the past year and/or significant independent living instability, homelessness, or very frequent use of mental health and other related services yielding poor outcomes.
  • Have the need for mental health services that cannot be met with other available community-based services, be likely to experience a mental health crisis or require a more restrictive setting, if intensive rehabilitative mental health services are not provided.
  • Be diagnosed with a mental illness that causes substantial disability and functional impairment in the following areas so that sufficiency is markedly reduced in three or more of the following areas: mental health symptoms, mental health needs, chemical health/other addictive behaviors, vocational/educational, social functioning, interpersonal functioning, self-care, independent living skills, physical and dental health, housing, transportation/mobility, group living skills, parenting skills;
  • Not be capable of engaging in normal competitive employment at this time without extraordinary support services such as those provided by Tasks Unlimited;
  • Understand that, while in the program, there are fees for room and board that must be paid for by applicant and/or through other funding sources.

Re-Applying after program involvement

  • If someone would like to re-apply for a Tasks program after having been involved in any program, there is a six month waiting period before a new application will be accepted;
  • There is a maximum of three times a person can re-apply after starting and leaving a program;
  • Applicant must not have a balance owed for previous participation in Tasks;
  • Applicant must understand that the new application will be treated as any other new application and applicant will be placed on the waiting list in date order.

If you meet a specific program criteria, please see How to Apply for instructions on how to apply for admission.