PrairieCare Completes $15M Brooklyn Park Hospital Expansion To Address Youth Mental Health Crisis
PrairieCare cut the ribbon Wednesday on a $15 million hospital expansion in Brooklyn Park that increases the number of beds for adolescents and young adults to help address a burgeoning mental health crisis.
Officials say the addition of 30 beds is the largest expansion for youth mental health beds Minnesota has seen in decades.
The expansion is a part of PrairieCare’s mission to help address the mental health crisis.
“People need us more than ever, so us creating capacity now is the perfect time,” said PrairieCare CEO Todd Archbold. “We are advancing evidence-based practices.”
According to PrairieCare, more than a third of young adults and nearly a third of Minnesota students suffer from a mental health issue.
Archbold said the expansion brings the total beds at the hospital to 101.
Brooklyn Park Mayor Hollies Winston, who attended the ribbon cutting, said as a parent he sees the need for mental health services in the community.
“From our perspective, as the city of Brooklyn Park, it is a privilege for us to have a facility here to serve youth.”
The Minnesota Legislature approved PrairieCare’s expansion in 2021 and temporarily waived a hospital bed moratorium in 2022 to allow the expansion.