The state's largest provider of autism-related services will have a footprint in the East Metro starting next summer with a new children's mental health clinic in Woodbury.
A groundbreaking ceremony is scheduled for noon Thursday, July 27, at the future site of the 27,000-square-foot clinic at 721 Commerce Drive, off Tamarack Road behind Super Target in the northeast part of town.
The clinic has a planned opening date of June 2018.
"Fraser Woodbury is going to be a state-of-the-art children's clinic," said Jan Luker, Fraser executive vice president and chief operating officer, adding the clinic will bring access to services to over 1,000 new clients around the area.
The clinic will provide autism and mental health evaluation, diagnostic and treatment services, including children's mental health targeted case management, applied behavioral analysis, day treatment and skills training.
"Our service is based on a very individualized, family-centered approach," Luker said. "We have a broad array of expertise and we bring all of that in looking at not only the child's needs, but the family as well."
Fraser also collaborates with other services a child may be receiving from medical providers or school.
"We try to coordinate care to achieve the best outcomes for the child," Luker said.
Woodbury will be Fraser's seventh mental health clinic in the state. Other clinics are in Anoka, Eagan, Eden Prairie, Minneapolis and Bloomington. Fraser's long-term goal is for no family to have to travel more than 35 minutes or 35 miles in Minnesota to receive services, according to a news release.
The project joins other recent expansions by health care providers into Woodbury. TRIA Orthopaedic Center plans to open this summer in the burgeoning CityPlace development and Minnesota Gastroenterology announced in June it will lease space in a planned two-story medical office building also at CityPlace.