County Breaks Ground on New Mental Health and Wellness Facility
CHASKA, MINN.—Carver County broke ground on its new Mental Health and Wellness facility, slated to open in late 2019 or early 2020.
“We are excited about adding this facility to support those going through a mental health crisis,” County Board Chair Randy Maluchnik said. “Getting those in need the help they require in the proper setting can increase safety and stability for that person, their family and their community.”
This service was previously not offered in the County and completes a gap in the its continuum of care, according to the County’s Health and Human Services Division Director Rod Franks. Clients seek care voluntarily in this transitional facility. Clients must meet certain requirements, such as having no sex-related crimes on their record nor have been deemed dangerous to the community.
“This offers our clients a far better alternative to the emergency room, which previously was their only option. This facility will help clients transition with the support they need to stabilize themselves and focus on wellness,” he said. “They’ll be able to stay here for up to 10 days receiving the services and support they need.”
The City of Chaska donated the land on the southwest corner of Lake Bavaria to Ridgeview Medical Center in 2008. Private donations funded the building of the Mary K. Steiner Hospice Home, which operated from 2009-2017. Ridgeview closed the hospice care facility last summer. Ridgeview worked with the County to convert it into a mental health and wellness facility. Thanks to $1.25 million in state bonding, the County will expand and renovate the facility. The setting and building, both current and the planned expansion, is ideal to serve clients and keeps them close to home, helping them maintain those key connections with family, friends and their jobs, Franks said.
“We will provide short-term residential stabilization services to people who are clinically and physically stable but need additional support to deal with a mental-health crisis or a mental-health emergency before returning home,” Franks said. “The Mental Health and Wellness facility can be an alternative to hospitalization, a place to go for a little more follow-up care after leaving the hospital, or simply a place for people in need to receive support that may also provide relief to family members.”
Construction on the expansion, which will increase the facility from a 5-bed unit to 12 beds, is expected to begin immediately and be completed in December 2019 or early January 2020. Wold Architects designed the expansion and renovation. Ebert Construction is handling the upcoming construction work.