Duluth’s Northwood Children’s Services launches Minnesota’s first psychiatric residential treatment facility

Minnesota’s oldest child-caring agency is now also Minnesota’s first to offer a new and intensive level of care in a Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facility.

Northwood Children’s Services (NCS), founded in 1883, will serve up to 48 children and youth from across the state, providing a level of service somewhere between a psychiatric hospital and residential treatment center.

“This program is aligned perfectly with Northwood Children’s Services’ vision to operate a full continuum of high quality mental health treatment programs for children, youth and their families, giving us the ability to deliver the right service at the right time,” said Dick Wolleat, NCS President & CEO. “We are honored to have been selected as the first in the state to provide this important treatment.”

In addition to providing needed services for young people, NCS is a large part of Duluth’s economy, with more than 280 employees (including teachers, psychiatrists, nurses, educators, recreation therapists, youth counselors and more) and an annual operating budget of $18 million.

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