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Meriter to expand mental health services for children, teens

MADISON, Wis. - UnityPoint Health – Meriter announced Wednesday it will invest more than $11 million to improve behavioral health services aimed at children and teens in the area.

The organization plans to add 10 inpatient beds to the UnityPoint Health – Meriter Child and Adolescent Psychiatry hospital, as well as critical outpatient services for kids and teens, according to a release.

Meriter will continue to move forward with the project while working with UW Health to fully assess community needs, officials said.

The current hospital has 20 inpatient beds and turns away hundreds of children during the school year due to the lack of available beds, according to the release. Meriter plans to improve the functionality of the existing space by assigning its current 20 beds to adolescent care and adding 10 beds specifically for children.

The new outpatient services will accommodate full-day and partial-day treatment programs, officials said.

Meriter plans to break ground for the expansion this fall, and complete the work by fall of 2019, officials said.


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