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Children’s Minnesota opened its first inpatient mental health unit

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Children’s Minnesota is pleased to announce that on Nov. 29, 2022, we opened our first inpatient mental health unit, located at our St. Paul hospital. The unit will use a phased approach for patients, beginning with adolescents and expanding to younger patients thereafter. It is expected to care for more than 1,000 children and adolescents annually, serving the urgent mental health needs of the most vulnerable kids in Minnesota and the region.

Once fully operational, our inpatient unit will be the first in the east metro to serve kids as young as 6 years old, and one of few in the state to admit kids with more complex medical conditions. It is also one of few such facilities in the state and country to allow a parent or guardian to stay overnight with their child.

“As children face an unprecedented mental health crisis that we see firsthand every day in our hospitals, now more than ever, it is imperative that we invest in mental health care as deliberately as we invest in other medical treatments,” said Dr. Marc Gorelick, president and CEO of Children’s Minnesota. “Children today desperately need access to the full spectrum of mental health care, no matter where they are on their journey. We are proud to join other leaders in the region to deliver that care that is highly specialized, deeply compassionate and made just for kids.”

The new inpatient mental health unit provides a healing environment, specifically designed for kids and youth, and includes:

  • Twenty-two large private rooms that allow a parent to stay overnight with their child.
  • Design focused on natural light, calming sensory-friendly spaces and soon-to-include safe access to the outdoors.
  • A multi-disciplinary care team, including psychiatrists, psychologists, licensed clinical social workers, nurses and expressive arts therapists that provide individualized treatment tailored to meet each child’s needs.

The inpatient mental health unit is made possible, in part, by generous gifts from: Marissa and Greg Frankenfield Family Foundation, Securian Financial, Bentson Foundation, Fred C. and Katherine B. Andersen Foundation.

This is just the latest addition to Children’s Minnesota’s mental health service expansions and partnerships:

Photos of the unit

Take a look through our mental health unit:

Alexandra Rothstein