Local elected officials and staff gathered for the official groundbreaking of the 16-bed Intensive Residential Treatment Services facility in Savage Monday, Sept. 16. The long-awaited facility will bring much-needed mental health crisis services to people in and around the Scott County area. It will offer crisis stabilization services for up to 10 days and intensive residential treatment services (IRTS) for up to 90 days. The 16,000-square foot, two story facility will be located at the northwest corner of Ottawa Ave. and 124th St. When complete, it will be operated by Guild, Inc., a non-profit whose mission is "to help people with mental illness lead quality lives by providing integrated treatment and services."

The County was awarded $4.2M in State grants to construct this facility. Construction is expected to take about 10 months.

Barbara Weckman Brekke, County Board Chair; Savage Mayor Janet Williams, and Guild Executive Director, Julie Blum, spoke at the event.

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