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Specialty hospital approved (new law)

Published (5/29/2009)
By Patty Ostberg
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Imagine having a child needing psychiatric services, but having to send them hundreds of miles away because all the hospital beds near your home are full. That is the impetus for a new law that will allow a specialty psychiatric hospital to be built in western Hennepin County to serve patients under the age of 21.

Sponsored by Rep. Marsha Swails (DFL-Woodbury) and Sen. Yvonne Prettner Solon (DFL-Duluth), the law provides an exception to the hospital moratorium by approving the construction of a 20-bed facility for young patients.

As the severe shortage of child and adolescent beds in the state continues to worsen, the addition of 20 beds would give teens and adolescents the inpatient mental health services they need in a time of crisis, Swails said.

The law is effective Aug. 1, 2009.

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