Scott County Closer to Adding Residential Facility

Scott County has moved several steps closer to having its first 16-bed residential and short-term crisis facility for adults with mental illnesses. The Savage City Council approved the new development at its meeting in April and moved forward with more specific plans for the facility during its May and June meetings.

The new facility will be run by Guild Incorporated and will provide for up to 10-day stays for people in crisis or up to 90 days in the residential program.

An article in the Savage Pacer reported, “The facility would serve clients from around the state, but would prioritize referrals for Scott County residents. The aim is to cut down on the number of Scott County clients being transported hours away from home to receive this level of care and to continue growing the availability of services statewide.”

This new Intensive Residential Treatment Facility (IRTS) facility will be located near downtown Savage on a site that has been vacant for nearly 20 years. The city will extend its offer to Guild Incorporated to contribute about $230,000 toward the development of the property.

The City Council views the development as an attractive enhancement for the community that will provide critically needed support for people with mental illnesses, and will also create a significant number of new jobs.