PrairieCare Announces Minnesota’s Largest Expansion of Inpatient Psychiatric Care

Monday, July 26th, 2021

PrairieCare is embarking on the state’s largest expansion of inpatient psychiatric care.

PrairieCare is a Twin Cities-based psychiatric health care organization dedicated to providing mental health care for children, adolescents and adults. They are one of the nation’s most innovative, fastest-growing psychiatric health systems, caring for nearly 20,000 individuals each year across its full continuum of psychiatric services.

The organization opened its child and adolescent psychiatric inpatient hospital in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota in 2015. Following approval by the Minnesota Legislature to waive the hospital bed moratorium and public interest review process for hospitals to add both mental health and substance use disorder beds, PrairieCare will expand its hospital by adding 30 beds for children and adolescents.

This expansion will allow PrairieCare to accommodate an additional 1,200 patients annually, marking the largest increase of psychiatric beds for youth in Minnesota in many decades. PrairieCare currently cares for nearly 20,000 individuals each year across its full continuum of psychiatric services.

“The lack of beds available in Minnesota for children and adolescents needing immediate mental health care has become a crisis,” said Todd Archbold, CEO of PrairieCare. “Many patients including children and teens in psychiatric crisis end up in emergency rooms, and often board for days at a time waiting for an available psychiatric bed. That should not be happening.”

Minnesota ranks amongst the lowest in the nation for psychiatric beds per capita, a number that has only decreased in the last few decades. PrairieCare is in the unique position to be able to act quickly to add much-needed beds due to their 100% focus on mental health care.

To learn more, check out these additional articles and features:

Press release from PrairieCare

MinnPost article

PrairieCare Inpatient Psychiatric Hospital project profile