Over the past several years, it has gotten increasingly difficult to get residents needing a secured placement for mental health stabilization into the state facility- AMRTC (Anoka metro regional treatment center). As such the county has individuals being held in the jail longer than statute allows pending admission into AMRTC. In addition, the county has temporary placements of individuals at HCMC, which poses risk to other patients and staff since the medical center is not meant to be a secured forensic mental health treatment facility. County staff has worked with the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) to try and improve the system and related capacity but has not seen the numbers at the state facility decline.
A local placement option, utilizing the shuttered Adult Corrections Facility (ACF) - Work Release Building, would allow the county improved capacity to safely and therapeutically meet the needs of county residents, keep them closer to community supports, and ideally improve the continuum of services and supports for effectively addressing mental health needs.
Current Request: This request seeks approval for the creation of a capital project to study a local placement option and includes a preliminary placeholder budget of $13 million over two years. After the Board reviews the results of the program and facility utilization study, direction to proceed with the project could occur in 2018 with tentative occupancy occurring in 2019.