CABHS

(Willmar MN-) A new hospital for treating children with mental health issues is now up and operating in Willmar. The Child and Adolescent Behavior Health Services, -or CABHS- facility is located at Civic Center Drive and Transportation Drive and began operating June 9th. Medical Director and Adolescent Psychiatrist Dr. Eve Berryhill says the 10 million dollar CABHS treats children ages 4 to 18 who suffer from a broad range of psychiatric issues...

...CABHS can treat up to 16 patients. Right now there are 7 or 8 undergoing treatment due to the fact that they are not yet fully staffed. Administrator Michael Gallagher says they are budgeted for 40.7 full time equivalent positions. The average length of stay is 30 to 45 days, some are longer due to difficulties in placing the kids once treatment is finished. Gallagher says a unique feature of CABHS is a suite where parents who travel long distances can stay...

...CABHS has 3 separate wings so they can segregate the patients based on age, gender or illness. The new CABHS replaces one that had operated for years at the former Willmar Regional Treatment Center but was outdated and in need of extensive remodeling. Then-Governor Mark Dayton ordered it closed, and Gallagher says thanks to the strong efforts of the Willmar community, the state chose to locate the new one in Willmar...

...Local lawmakers are seeking to get funding from the state bonding bill to add a motor skills activity center, similar to a gymnasium, to the CABHS facility.  Gallagher says they had hoped to have a ribbon-cutting and grand opening with tours, but that was not possible due to COVID-19.