A shuttered psychiatric residential treatment facility will reopen with a new owner. Plymouth-based Nexus Family Healing announced that the nonprofit will open its first psychiatric residential treatment facility in East Bethel. Nexus acquired the property for $15.5 million and will reopen it in 2024.
The Hills Youth and Family Services of Duluth opened Cambria Hills facility in 2020 at a cost of $28 million, after community debate over where it should be located. The facility closed a year later. The Hills, which had been in operation for 112 years, closed in 2022.
Nexus Family Healing is a nonprofit mental and behavioral health organization. It serves people in Minnesota, North Dakota, Illinois and Maryland. It provides outpatient/community mental health services, foster care/adoption, and residential treatment to children, families and adults.
Nexus plans to serve up to 40 clients, male and female, aged 10-19 with mental health and behavioral needs at the East Bethel facility. Up to 90 staff will be employed there.
“Minnesota urgently needs more options for young people with behavioral health needs,” said Eric Grumdahl, assistant commissioner for Behavioral Health, Housing, and Deaf & Hard of Hearing Services for the Minnesota Department of Human Services, in the Nexus announcement. “We are grateful for Nexus Family Healing’s work to create this PRTF and will continue to partner with them and all providers who are standing up new programs and capacity to meet these critical needs.”
The Hills closed Cambia Hills, and finally closed all its operations, blaming extraordinarily high fixed costs, the state’s inaction on rate adjustments and the staffing shortages and other fallout from the COVID pandemic.
(Source: Finance and Commerce)