East Bethel youth mental health treatment center closes, cites state dispute

East Bethel youth mental health treatment center closes, cites state dispute

“…and DHS has passed the deadline of May 1st to give us the rate adjustment, with no new date in sight,” the post reads. Staff has since notified the state of the closure and are “expediting the process” of getting its residents resituated. Cambia Hills said most clients currently at the treatment center will be sent home.

“We need to have all clients discharged and all direct care staff off the premises by this Friday at 3 p.m.,” the post states. “While this situation is unfortunate, it does not diminish the need for psychiatric residential treatment facilities, nor does it lessen our commitment to see this level of care become available to more Minnesota children.”

“Our focus right now is the health and safety of the children served by Cambia Hills. We are doing everything we can to assist Cambia Hills in providing an appropriate transition to another facility that can meet residents’ needs. By providing only two days’ notice of intent to close, Cambia Hills is violating its obligations under its license and state contract. According to DHS, the department put Cambia Hills’ license on conditional status until licensing-related violations were addressed. They each reached a settlement agreement in January and Cambia Hills had been working to meet the conditions of the settlement.

KSTP reached out to DHS and Assistant Commissioner Gertrude Matemba-Mutasa provided the following statement on the matter: According to DHS, the facility had been investigated in the past for maltreatment. Cambia Hills paid a $5,000 fine for that July 2020 incident, in which the document states that neglect occurred. In addition, in October, DHS placed the facility’s license on conditional status for one year due to its “noncompliance with Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facility (PRTF) licensing variance requirements.”

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