Omaha plans to open a new youth psychiatry in 2025

In the spring of 2025, an $89 million behavioral health and wellness center for children and adolescents will open in Omaha. The project is the brainchild of local philanthropist Ken Stinson, who runs the Mental Health Innovation Foundation. MHIF is raising the funds needed to build the center. The Children’s Hospital is contributing $15 million and the American Rescue Plan Act is expected to contribute $16 million. The rest will come from donations. In an exclusive television interview with KETV NewsWatch 7, Stinson detailed the need for a comprehensive mental health facility that treats children on the subway. The project, he said, predates the pandemic. However, he said the need for those resources has been exacerbated by COVID-19. “We’ve had an incredible response because people understand the issue,” Stinson said, adding that none of the donors they contacted turned down an opportunity to invest in the project. “They understand that we are underserved in terms of facilities and the capacity of facilities to treat mental health issues. And when they’re able, they’re ready to help and want a solution.” The 103,500-square-foot facility will be built on the main campus of Children’s Hospital & Medical Center at 84th Street and West Dodge Road. It will have 38 inpatient hospital beds, doubling the number in the Omaha area. There will also be an assessment center for behavioral health emergencies. “That means children can stay in our state to be cared for,” said Children’s President and CEO Chanda Chacón. “This will be transformative.” Drone video courtesy of the Mental Health Innovation Foundation showing the future location of the new youth mental health facility on the Children’s Hospital campus at the top of the article

In spring 2025, an $89 million behavioral health and wellness center for children and adolescents will open in Omaha.

The project is the brainchild of local philanthropist Ken Stinson, who runs the Mental Health Innovation Foundation.

MHIF is raising the funds needed to build the center. The Children’s Hospital is contributing $15 million and the American Rescue Plan Act is expected to contribute $16 million. The rest will come from donations.

In an exclusive television interview with KETV NewsWatch 7, Stinson detailed the need for a comprehensive mental health facility that treats children on the subway. The project, he said, predates the pandemic. However, he said the need for those resources has been exacerbated by COVID-19.

“We’ve had an incredible response because people understand the issue,” Stinson said, adding that none of the donors they contacted turned down an opportunity to invest in the project. “They understand that we are underserved in terms of facilities and the capacity of facilities to treat mental health issues. And when they are able to, they are willing to help and want a solution.”

The 103,500 square foot facility will be located on the main campus of Children’s Hospital & Medical Center at 84th Street and West Dodge Road. It will have 38 inpatient hospital beds, doubling the number in the Omaha area. There will also be an assessment center for behavioral health emergencies.

“That means children can stay in our state to be cared for,” said Children’s President and CEO Chanda Chacón. “This will be transformative.”

Drone video courtesy of the Mental Health Innovation Foundation showing the future location of the new youth mental health facility on the Children’s Hospital campus at the top of the article

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