June 21, 2016                                                                FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Nonprofit Unveils List of “Champions for Children”

 East Bethel, MN—The 60-bed children’s mental health center that famously had a door slammed in its face has secured a site in East Bethel. On Monday, June 25, at 8:00 a.m., The Hills Youth and Family Services will unveil a list of elected officials, community leaders and concerned citizens who helped make it happen. The list of over a hundred names includes prominent politicians like Governor Mark Dayton, Congressman Tom Emmer, commissioners from Ramsey, Washington and Anoka counties, as well as city staff, planning commission and council members from several cities. The list also includes organizations, like the National Alliance on Mental Illness Minnesota, and dozens of community members who spoke at council and planning commission meetings in support of the project.

Hills’ CEO, Jeff Bradt, said, “Our children’s center has a home because of the people on this list. They told their stories, helped us tell ours, and worked alongside us to get it done.”

Congressman Tom Emmer, named as a champion for his support of the project will speak at the unveiling. State Senator Michelle Benson, State Representative Cal Bahr, Department of Human Services Commissioner Emily Piper, Anoka County Commissioner Julie Braastad, and East Bethel Mayor Steve Voss are also named and have been invited to attend.

For more information about the event or this press release contact:

Tonya Land Office: 218.623.6200               Cell: 218.390.9094            Email: tland@TheHillsYFS.org

Event Location: Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church, 19001 Jackson St NE, East Bethel, MN 55011

Event Date/Time: Monday, June 25, 2018, 8:00 a.m.

Other Attendees:

In addition to the elected officials named above, other attendees will include:

Jeff Bradt, CEO, The Hills Youth and Family Services
Dave Hartford, Administrator, Cambia Hills Treatment Center
Sue Abderholden, Executive Director, NAMI Minnesota
Jack Davis, City Administrator, East Bethel
Colleen Winter, Community Development Director, East Bethel
Connie Hayes, Superintendent, Northeast Metro Intermediate School District 916

Quotes for attribution:

Mark Dayton, Governor: “I thank the community leaders and residents of East Bethel for welcoming this essential mental health facility and the children, who need it, into their area. They are showing the best spirit of Minnesotans. The support will enable Cambia Hills to provide high-quality care that will save young lives.”

 Tom Emmer, Congressman, Sixth District, Minnesota: “I am incredibly grateful to see this inpatient facility move forward. Sixth District children deserve access to these vital services, and no child should be made to wait up to three months to receive treatment for a disease. And yet, while there are nearly 109,000 children in our state suffering from serious mental illness, too often there is no place for them to go. Today I am proud to see East Bethel and our community step up as an example of the need to expand treatment options for future generations right here in our backyard.”

 Steve Voss, Mayor, East Bethel: “While the investment of this facility and the well-paying jobs that this project will bring to East Bethel is wholeheartedly welcome, we are proud as a community to be able to help address this health crisis in our region and state. It is not often that a community such as East Bethel can be an active partner in the treatment and betterment of our youth who are struggling with various mental health issues and who have historically been so underserved. Our community welcomes Cambia Hills to East Bethel as we fully embrace this project, its goals, and its objectives.”

Emily Piper, Minnesota Department of Human Services Commissioner:  “The Hills Youth and Family Services PRTF will be an important part of the state’s continuum of mental health services for children. It’s critical that families have access to this important service, a level of care that has been lacking in the state.”

Sue Abderholden, Executive Director, NAMI MN: “Minnesota sends about 300 children with serious mental illnesses out-of-state to receive care in PRTFs. It’s time to keep our children close to home and provide the care that they need.”

Jeff Bradt, CEO, The Hills Youth and Family Services: “Final approval of the project is subject to the conditional use permitting process. I look forward to working with the community to address any concerns people might have about it.”