East Bethel City Council Approves Children's Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facility

East Bethel City Council Approves Children's Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facility Photo: KSTP

August 06, 2018 10:12 PM

The search for a site on which to build a 60-bed children's psychiatric residential treatment facility has finally reached completion.

Last week, the East Bethel City Council approved a conditional use permit application filed by The Hills Youth and Family Services by a 5-0 vote.

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The residential treatment facility had hoped to find a home in Forest Lake. However, the mayor and two city council members who voted against it in April said there were too many unanswered questions about the project. Gov. Mark Dayton reacted by calling the decision appalling. 

East Bethel then stepped in. The $30 million, 65,000-square-foot facility will be the largest of three in the state licensed by the Minnesota Department of Human Services to provide a new level of care to children with mental illness.

It will be located on a 37-acre site and is expected to bring around 150 new jobs to the area, a release stated.

Groundbreaking is scheduled for this fall and the facility is expected to open in October of next year.


 

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