June 2, 2022
The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) is hosting a virtual public meeting June 9 at 6 p.m. to seek public views and feedback on a proposed new stand-alone mental health hospital in Saint Paul.
M Health Fairview and Acadia Health Care have formed a partnership to fund and operate a new licensed facility for 144 inpatient beds. In part, the new hospital is intended to replace services provided at M Health Fairview St. Joseph’s Hospital, according to the proposal.
Minnesota state law (MN Statutes, Section 144.552) requires MDH to conduct a review to assess whether the proposal is in the public interest. MDH will complete its public interest review this summer. The Minnesota Legislature passed an exception to the current moratorium on new hospital beds in Minnesota that is contingent on a finding that the project is in the public interest.
The public meeting on June 9 is open to the public and all are invited to express their views on the proposed hospital. Details on how to join the public meeting are available on the MDH website at the Public Meeting on Proposed Fairview Health Services and Acadia Healthcare Mental Health Hospital.
Guided by state law, MDH is particularly interested in feedback on the following points:
Whether the new hospital is needed to provide rapid access to care or access to new or improved services.
The extent to which the new hospital would have a financial and staffing impact on existing hospitals in the area.
The extent to which the new hospital would provide services to non-paying or low-income patients compared to the level of services provided to these groups by existing hospitals in the area.
The ability of the new hospital to maintain the current level of community benefits like other M Health Fairview hospitals.
The impact the proposal would have on the workforce at M Health Fairview hospitals, including transitioning current workers to the new facility, retraining and job security for current workers, and taking account of the impact of redundancies in existing establishments on the workers concerned.
Those interested in providing written comments can do so on the form on the MDH website at Fairview Health Services Commentary – Acadia Healthcare Mental Health Hospital or by email, [email protected], by June 27.
Documents associated with the public interest review, including the original proposal, questions MDH posed to Fairview Health System and Acadia, and their responses are available online at MDH Public Interest Review – Fairview Health Services and Acadia Healthcare.