The Minnesota Adult and Teen Challenge will launch a new counseling division next week to help the growing number of Minnesotans struggling with mental health issues.
Twin Cities, a nonprofit organization that has provided substance abuse services for 40 years, opened Rockbridge Counseling and Mental Health Services on January 24, providing outpatient services to children and adults ages 12 and up in Crystal, Maplewood and Lakeville. Offers.
CEO Tom Truszinski said of the suite of faith-based services that the Minnesota Adult and Teen Challenge will provide to about 4,000 Minnesotans this year, “This is a very unique model and there is nothing like it. “I think it’s really an untapped market that the community is craving.”
The nonprofit has long provided mental health services to people struggling with substance abuse, so providing general mental health support is a natural next step, Truszinski said. Those seeking counseling appointments may wait three to six months, or even longer, he added.
At RockBridge, four employees will provide telemedicine and face-to-face counseling to an estimated 300 people this year. The head of clinical services, Dr. Anna Ramos, hopes to double her staff by the end of the year, but the nonprofit faces unprecedented labor shortages and growing burnout. It is difficult to fill jobs because
“It’s hard to keep needs met,” she said of the rise in mental health problems. increase.”
With 14 residential locations across the state, the Minnesota Adult and Teen Challenge plans to open a residential treatment facility for men in Alexandria and a women’s center in Brainerd later this year. Truszinski said the new facility will help fill a void in substance abuse resources in rural Minnesota.