Children's mental health center to build new $24.5 million facility

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The national call for more mental health care for children is being answered in Minneapolis.

MPR reports the Washburn Center for Children is replacing its existing building with a $24.5 million state-of-the-art facility on the city's northside designed to create a healing environment for children suffering from mental illness.

The Star Tribune says the Washburn Center has almost doubled its caseload in the past decade, consulting nearly 10,000 patients and their family members each year. MPR said most of the children reside in Hennepin County.

A ground-breaking ceremony is being held Tuesday, MPR said. Construction is expected to begin in September and completed by next fall.

The Star Tribune reports the agency is selling its smaller building in south Minneapolis, about half the size of the new 55,000-square-foot facility, for $1.7 million.

The project received $5 million from the state bonding bill and the remainder of the funding came from donors. MPR says the project is still behind about $2.5 million.

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