MENTAL HEALTH

Omaha set to open a new youth mental health facility in 2025

Omaha set to open a new youth mental health facility in 2025
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Drone video courtesy of the Mental Health Innovation Foundation showing the future site of the new youth mental health facility at the Children’s Hospital campus at the top of the articleAn $89 million Behavioral Health and Wellness Center serving children and adolescents will open in Omaha in spring 2025. The project is the brainchild of local philanthropist Ken Stinson, who leads the Mental Health Innovation Foundation. MHIF is raising the funds needed to build the center. Children’s Hospital is contributing $15 million and $16 million is expected from the American Rescue Plan Act. The remainder will be included of donations. In an exclusive television interview with KETV NewsWatch 7, Stinson described the need for a comprehensive mental health facility that treats children in the Metro. The project, he said, predates the pandemic. However, he said the need for these resources was exacerbated by COVID-19. “We’ve had an unbelievable reception because people understand the problem,” said Stinson, adding none of the donors they have approached have turned down the opportunity to invest in the project. “They understand that we’re underserved in terms of the facilities and the capacity of the facilities to deal with the mental health issues. And if they’re able, they’re ready to help and they want a solution.”The 103,500- square-foot facility will be located on Children’s Hospital & Medical Center’s main campus at 84th Street and West Dodge Road. It will have 38 inpatient hospital beds, which doubles the number in the Omaha region. It will also have a behavioral health emergency assessment center. “That means kids can stay in our state to get care,” said Children’s President and CEO Chanda Chacón. “That’s going to be transformational.”

Drone video courtesy of the Mental Health Innovation Foundation showing the future site of the new youth mental health facility at the Children’s Hospital campus at the top of the article

An $89 million Behavioral Health and Wellness Center serving children and adolescents will open in Omaha in spring 2025.

The project is the brainchild of local philanthropist Ken Stinson, who leads the Mental Health Innovation Foundation.

MHIF is raising the funds needed to build the center. Children’s Hospital is contributing $15 million and $16 million is expected from the American Rescue Plan Act. The remainder will be included of donations.

In an exclusive television interview with KETV NewsWatch 7, Stinson described the need for a comprehensive mental health facility that treats children in the Metro. The project, he said, predates the pandemic. However, he said the need for these resources was exacerbated by COVID-19.

“We’ve had an unbelievable reception because people understand the problem,” said Stinson, adding none of the donors they have approached have turned down the opportunity to invest in the project. “They understand that we’re underserved in terms of the facilities and the capacity of the facilities to deal with the mental health issues. And if they’re able, they’re ready to help and they want a solution.”

The 103,500-square-foot facility will be located on Children’s Hospital & Medical Center’s main campus at 84th Street and West Dodge Road. It will have 38 inpatient hospital beds, which doubles the number in the Omaha region. It will also have a behavioral health emergency assessment center.

“That means kids can stay in our state to get care,” said Children’s President and CEO Chanda Chacón. “That’s going to be transformational.”

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