Plan to Expand IRTS and Crisis Services Progresses

In partnership with Scott and Dakota Counties, Guild Incorporated’s Executive Director, Julie Bluhm, has been working on a project to expand Intensive Residential Treatment Services (IRTS) and Crisis Services to the Scott County Region.

According to county representatives, the expansion would address significant community need. Scott County experienced a 96% increase in short-term Residential Crisis Stabilization utilization from 2012 to 2016 and a 76% increase in longer-term Intensive Residential Treatment Services utilization. Dakota County experienced a 44% increase in residents accessing short-term Residential Crisis Stabilization Services from 2012 to 2016.

Guild currently provides IRTS and Crisis Services in South St. Paul, but limited capacity means individuals who need services are often turned away.

The expanded services would be provided in a new building proposed for downtown Savage. The facility would be built and owned by Scott County with Guild Incorporated as the service provider.

Remarking on the project, Julie said, “An important part of our strategic plan for growth includes mutually beneficial partnerships and expanding our current services to areas that are under-served.”

Southwest News Media has been covering the project. Read the latest article.

We’ll bring you more as the project progresses.

May 30, 2018

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