Terry Schneider’s pioneering years working in community mental health spanned more than 40 decades of change. Schneider died in December after heart surgery. He was 67 and lived in Edina.
He grew up on a farm near New Ulm, in a family of nine children. He became interned in mental health during a high school career day.
Schneider began opening small residential treatment facilities in the 1980s, helping people live as independently as possible. He was seen as someone at the forefront of mental health systems change, seeking ways to enrich the lives of clients and help people overcome barriers. He was a supporter of outreach to the homeless s part of RADAIS’s broad range of services.
Schneider’s residential treatment programs include ReEntry House in Minneapolis and Carlson Drake House in Bloomington. He and business partner Tom Paul in 1986 launched what is now RADIAS Health. He was RADIAS’s CEO, president, clinical director and mentor.
RADIAS has about 450 employees and serves more than 9,000 people each year. The organization operates one of the state’s only forensic assertive community treatment teams, where a group of professionals serve people with serious and persistent mental illness who have been incarcerated.
Schneider’s wife, Kate Donnelly Schneider, died in fall 2023. They are survived by three children and their families. Services were held in January.