When a child’s mental health suffers so much that their day-to-day functioning is disrupted, but they don’t need 24-hour care, a new outpatient facility opening today in Roseville hopes to be the answer. Is.
Children’s Minnesota will open its second mental health partial hospitalization program for children and adolescents on Monday at the Children’s Minnesota Mental Health Specialty Clinic in Roseville.
“The opening of our Roseville mental health program is the latest step in our long-term strategy to improve access to a full continuum of mental health services tailored to the unique needs of children and adolescents in our community,” said Dr. Gigi Chawla. Vice President and Chief of General Pediatrics at Children’s Minnesota. “We have seen firsthand the growing demand for mental health care for youth in our hospitals and clinics. Our new location will help more families get the care they need, where they need it.”
Unlike an inpatient program for children who need immediate hospitalization for their own safety or the safety of others, this is a program where children and teens can come in during the day and then go home at night There are, according to Jessica Brisbois, manager of Acute Mental Health Services for Children of Minnesota.
For example, if a child is experiencing anxiety so severe that they cannot go to school, this would be a place they can go and work on coping skills with the doctors, nurses, therapists, and staff. Can do. He added that holding him 24 hours in an inpatient program would not help him in this instance.
The opening comes about two months after Children’s Minnesota opened its first inpatient mental health unit at its St. Paul hospital.
The program may provide continuous intensive outpatient therapy for children and adolescents leaving the hospital, or may be an option to prevent hospitalization.
Brisbois said the outpatient program usually lasts three to four weeks. During that time, facilitators will work with school officials with assignments. There will also be the opportunity for transition days, where a child can go to school one day to practice their skills and then return to the program the next day to review.
According to Brisbois, the program is not only open to Roseville residents, but to students from across the state.
Most children are referred by other doctors or are transitioning from an inpatient program, but sometimes it is difficult to meet with a physician, giving parents the flexibility to evaluate their child for that program or another. Will offer the possibility of, she said.
Children’s Minnesota will open its first outpatient facility in July 2021 at its Specialty Center in Lakeville. The Lakeville location is small and only has room for eight kids at a time. The need for this type of facility is so great that people have to spend more than an hour to bring their child there for a day.
The Roseville location can currently serve eight children ages 13 to 18, but Brisbois said that by summer, they hope to have enough staff to serve 24 students ages 6 to 18.
According to the hospital, annually, the facility expects to care for more than 350 children, making it “one of the few programs providing this level of acute mental health care to children as young as 6 in the East Metro.” “makes
Children’s Minnesota St. Paul and Minneapolis emergency rooms saw nearly 1,800 youth last year who showed signs of acute mental health needs, a 30% increase from the previous year There was also an increase.
Children’s Minnesota CEO Dr. Mark Gorelick told attendees at the inpatient program’s grand opening last November that in 2021 suicidal thoughts — or thoughts — will become one of the hospital system’s top five diagnoses, and the second leading cause of death. Cause for teens across the state.
Brisbois said that unlike the smaller Lakeville facility, the Roseville location offers a gym and support in addition to traditional talk therapy.
“We find that it is important to engage children in many different ways,” she said.
In addition to a gym, natural light, and quiet, sensory-friendly spaces, the facility offers children individual therapy, family therapy, medication management, and group therapy, such as music and art therapy.