The recent decision by the Department of Human Services and State Operated Services to close down the Brainerd Children and Adolescent Behavioral Health Systems is both concerning and frustrating. The health systems program served young people with severe and major mental illness issues. It really helped these young people turn their lives around, and also provided help for the whole family. The question becomes, where will these children and their families go now to get the help they need? While the health systems program in Willmar will remain open and add six more beds to their program capacity, this will in no way take care of the need.
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