Forest Lake Rejects Youth Mental Health Facility, Gaining Momentum Elsewhere

June 26, 2018 01:28 PM

East Bethel City leaders are embracing the planned 60-bed youth facility run by the Duluth-based, "The Hill's Youth and Family Services." The hope of the company is putting an end to the beginning phase of the project which has been far more dramatic than expected. 

The residential treatment facility had a lot of support 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. 

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The tone in East Bethel, however, is one of optimism. They believe this $18 million project will bring good to the state and region. The Hills' CEO says it's the people of East Bethel who are making this project happen after such a disappointing start with Forest Lake. 

"Some spoke at public meetings, some wrote articles and posts, some reached out to the Hills and asked 'how can I help'," Hills CEO Jeff Bradt said.

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"The city of East Bethel has embraced this project. We have from the beginning and we are in strong support of its mission and its objectives," East Bethel Mayor Steve Voss said. 

Congressman Tom Emmer was on hand to lend his support to the project, saying Minnesota needs to make mental health more of a priority and talk more openly about it. 

The East Bethel Mayor said there is still business to work out before work begins. 

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