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New Law: Youth psychiatric facility to expand

Published (7/15/2011)
By Hank Long
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The recently opened PrairieCare children and adolescent psychiatric hospital wants to expand its 20-bed facility in Maple Grove. It needed legislative approval because of an existing moratorium on construction of new hospitals.

Sponsored by House Speaker Kurt Zellers (R-Maple Grove) and Sen. Julie Rosen (R-Fairmont), a new law amends the existing moratorium exception that first allowed construction of the 20-bed hospital specifically geared for individuals age 21 and younger, by adding that the permitted project includes expansion for the hospital for up to 50 beds.

The law states that no further public interest review by the Department of Health is necessary to grant the exception.

The hospital moratorium was enacted in the early 1980s to prevent the overbuilding of hospital facilities in the Twin Cities metropolitan area. Since that time, the Legislature has granted 24 exceptions, including in 2009 to add the 20-bed PrairieCare children and adolescent psychiatric inpatient facility in Maple Grove.

The law is effective Aug. 1, 2011.

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