PrairieCare CEO, Todd Archbold, discusses our expansion and the current state of mental health in the Mankato Free Press

The state of Minnesota’s total hospital beds are down since 1996. However, the good news is that more than 500 hospital beds have been added throughout Minnesota since 2004.  During this year’s legislative session, the Minnesota Legislature approved another 50 beds for psychiatric treatment in the state during this year’s legislative session. Thirty of those beds will go to PrairieCare and our Brooklyn Park Inpatient Hospital!

“We’re just doing our best to keep up with demand,” Archbold said.

PrairieCare opened our inpatient psychiatric treatment facility for children more than a decade ago. In 2011, we opened with 20 beds, then grew to 50 beds in 2015 and 71 beds in 2017.

And each time we expanded, our facility hit maximum capacity within days.

“The very day we opened (in 2011), we had five admissions,” Archbold said.

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