For Schools

How does PrairieCare collaborate with schools?

PrairieCare values our patient’s education academic work, and recognizes the significance of school in the lives of youth. We are proud to host a classroom at each site, which is staffed by the local school district. Classroom staff contacts the patient’s school of residence upon intake to begin exchanging schoolwork and clinical information, when approved through a release of information. Please see MN Rule 3525.2325 for more information about education programs in centers for care and treatment.

Educational services at PrairieCare are provided by specially trained staff from District 287 (Brooklyn Park, Edina and Maple Grove), Eastern Carver County Schools (Chaska) ISD 622 (Maplewood) and Rochester Public Schools (Rochester). While receiving care at PrairieCare, students benefit from customized and engaging curriculum that focus on academic needs while incorporating social and emotional learning. School district staff will manage any changes to educational programming necessary for ongoing success while at PrairieCare.

Please click here to view a video about how District 287 and PrairieCare collaborate to make education in our psychiatric care setting both innovative and successful!


Education Model in PrairieCare Hospital and PHP’s

Staff conducted rigorous research and national benchmarking to create an educational model that optimizes learning while receiving psychiatric care. We understand that school is a significant part of the lives of our patients, and often times a source of stress.

The model includes 2-hours of schooling every day focusing on age appropriate curriculum using engaging multi-dimensional lessons. Licensed teachers use the newest technology such as ipads and smartboards to deliver vibrant and interesting lessons for all ages.

Please click here to learn more about the Educational Model at PrairieCare.


School Staffings

Upon admission, patients are temporarily enrolled in District 287 (Brooklyn Park, Edina and Maple Grove), Eastern Carver County Schools (Chaska) ISD 622 (Maplewood) and Rochester Public Schools (Rochester). While curriculum and instruction are provided by licensed teachers through the school district, PrairieCare manages the clinical treatment plan. While in PHP each patient’s health information remains protected through HIPAA and educational information is protected through FERPA. Releases of Information (ROI) are requested upon admission so pertinent information can be shared among parties. However, information can only be shared when explicitly authorized by the parent/guardian.

It is commonly expected that patients will require continued and ongoing support after discharge from PHP. The goal of PHP is to help patients acquire the stability necessary for further growth and healing.

Please click here to review PrairieCare’s School Staffing Supplement.


Transportation Information

PrairieCare encourages guardians to contact their child’s home school district to arrange daily transportation to and from programming. A child’s resident school district (the district that the guardians address lies) has an obligation to provide transportation to and from care and treatment centers, such as PrairieCare. For further information, please refer to Minnesota state statutes in chapter 125.A. It may take 2-3 days for transportation to be setup, so we encourage guardians to make early contact.

Please click here to read the Q & A regarding Care and Treatment transportation published by the Minnesota Department of Education.


School FAQ’s

Who pays for treatment at PrairieCare?

PrairieCare accepts all insurances including: MA, PMAP, BCBS, HealthPartners and others. Not all services are in-network, but PrairieCare does not pass through any adjustments to the patient. PrairieCare will never hold a school responsible for payment for treatment, even if the school makes a direct referral.

How are school staff involved while a student is receiving treatment in PHP or inpatient?

School staff will be contacted by the District 287 classroom staff upon admission to discuss academics. They will also be contacted by the PrairieCare social worker when appropriate. Prior to discharge from PHP a School Staffing will be scheduled by the teacher. Please click here for information on School Staffings.

Is treatment affordable?

The cost for hospitalization at PrairieCare is lower than the state average, and the lowest in the Twin Cities metro area. PrairieCare has provided more charitable care, as a percentage of total care provided, than any other hospital in Minnesota other than HCMC. PrairieCare also offers an extremely generous financial hardship program available to all patients.

Does PrairieCare offer high quality services?

PrairieCare offers cutting edge services made affordable by a highly efficient system of care. PrairieCare has a formal affiliation with the University of Minnesota Medical School and is the premiere training site for all physicians in the child psychiatry fellowship program. PrairieCare has adopted innovative practices not offered in other hospitals, designed to improve the quality of care and the patient/family experience. PrairieCare is the only hospital-based psychiatric provider growing and expanding services in Minnesota.

How does a family access services?

Anybody can schedule a free Needs Assessment 24/7 by calling PrairieCare at 888-9-prairie . Needs Assessments can be scheduled at any of our sites and can usually be done within a week, Upon completion of the Free Needs Assessment interview either an admission to a PrairieCare program is scheduled, or a referral to a more appropriate setting is completed. The entire process takes about 90-minutes.

Does PrairieCare take “difficult cases”?

PrairieCare offers acute treatment for the most complex psychiatric disorders. Hospitalization by nature implies that the case is “difficult” and the staff at PrairieCare are some of the most highly trained experts in the field. Innovative treatment models and a staffing ratio of 3:1 allows PrairieCare to manage some of the most complex cases.
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