Magazine article Behavioral Healthcare Executive

Room to Roam, Room to Recover

Magazine article Behavioral Healthcare Executive

Room to Roam, Room to Recover

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In 1990, Vinland National Center (Loretto, Minn.) created a residential chemical health program for persons with traumatic brain injury and other cognitive impairments. At the time, Vinland was the first facility in the country to operate a program such as this. Since then, the program has grown and exceeded its maximum capacity, so much so that the organization decided to expand the facility to almost double the space.

Construction began in June 2012 for the expansion, which would take Vinland's 41-bed residential facility in the western suburbs of Minneapolis from a square footage of 18,000 to 37,000. One goal of the program was to separate the male and female clients. In the previous space, there were 10 female beds and 31 male beds.

The expansion was designed so the residential beds could be more flexible, says Mary Roehl, executive director at Vinland. Twenty client beds in 10 rooms were added to the program, and Roehl says the upper level (12-beds) and the main level (8-beds) are all currently being used for women.

Besides the new bedrooms, the $4 million expansion also added a new reception/lobby area, a new dining room and kitchen facility, and some additional staff space.

Space for activities

The new space opened in March, and Roehl says it has greatly enhanced the complementary care services that the program offers. Because of the presenting issues of the clients whom the program treats, much of the program is individualized. One of the main complementary care therapies that the program utilizes is a fitness program. The recent expansion doubled the therapeutic exercise facilities and allows clients to look out windows to a therapeutic wildlife landscape, rather than exercising in the basement as they previously were.

The expansion has also allowed Vinland to expand on some of the other complementary care services such as yoga, mindfulness-based meditation and stress reduction, music therapy, and art therapy. …

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