Local Collaborative Time Study

The Local Collaborative Time Study (LCTS) is a random moment time study administered by the MN Department of Human Services (DHS) to generate new federal dollars for Children’s Mental Health and Family Services Collaboratives.


The LCTS accesses federal entitlement funds through two sections of the Social Security Act; Medical Assistance through Title XIX and Foster Care and Adoption Assistance through Title IV-E.

Public Health, County or Community Corrections and School Districts who are members of an approved Children’s Mental Health & Family Services Collaborative participate and earn federal dollars for a collaborative.

The LCTS money is used to:

  • Expand early intervention and prevention services for children and families
  • Support the services provided by your local collaborative

How It Works

Documents time spent by staff on various work activities at randomly selected dates and times each quarter.

At the time of the random moment, each staff person on the LCTS will choose an activity code to represent what best describes the activity they were performing at that date and precise time.

Additional LCTS Info

MN Children's Mental Health & Family Service Collaboratives