Our belief is that every child has potential. It is what drives our dedication to improve the lives of at-risk and troubled young people. Trauma informed care is infused into all aspects of our programming. Understanding, recognizing and responding to the effects of trauma and the role it plays in at-risk behavior allows us to provide a managed setting where trust is fostered. In our program, young people are able to endeavor to make positive changes, discuss personal issues, build empathy and understanding for others and learn that they are not alone in their journey toward a positive, successful future.
A New Opportunity
In 2016, the Minnesota Department of Human Services invited healthcare providers to submit proposals to develop a new level of mental health services for children. The Hills Youth and Family Services has served children facing tremendous challenges for over 40 years. We saw the invitation as a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to create a treatment experience that surprises and heartens every child who walks through our doors. We saw an opportunity to connect them to the natural world by giving every residential suite expansive views of our wooded campus and eventually by drawing them outside with inviting green space, trails, gardening, and animal husbandry experiences (coming in future phases, once funds are raised). We saw a way to engage children as partners in their own recovery by keeping them safe, by earning their trust, by helping them discover their own worth – and by helping them repair the broken relationships in their lives. We want to do all of this without turning children into patients. We want to provide world class care that still lets kids be kids. At the new Cambia Hills of East Bethel, we can…with your help.
Cambia Hills of East Bethel is a deliberate effort to reinvent mental health services for youth in an entirely unprecedented way: by fully integrating evidence-based therapies, a healing environment, recreational experiences, educational programs and continuous clinical evaluation and improvement. It is the only purpose-built psychiatric residential treatment facility (PRTF) in the State of Minnesota. It is anticipated that the demographic profile of children and youth served at Cambia Hills of East Bethel will be a high percentage low-income, but will serve children, ages 6-17, with more complex mental illnesses than those served by our Duluth programs. The children eventually served at East Bethel will have higher levels of aggression (including self-harm), longer histories of unsuccessful treatment, and more recent psychiatric hospital or emergency department admissions. Most will have severe behavioral difficulties associated with a primary diagnosis of non-psychotic mental illness (anxiety or depression) or neurologic damage (FAS, ASD, or TBI).
To be eligible for admission, the client’s condition must be amenable to treatment. The East Bethel facility will be the first of its kind in Minnesota and the only such facility located in the St. Paul/Minneapolis metropolitan area.