Photo: Art Sidner
Mankato – PrairieCare Medical Group
When the name “Kate Cox” is spoken in the Greater Mankato area, one word comes to mind: passion. More specifically, passion for youth. It’s that passion that drives everything Kate does and in August it culminated with the opening of PrairieCare Medical Group in Mankato.
“I have been fortunate to collaborate with all kinds of different professionals in our community including school district, mental health providers, healthcare providers, law enforcement, county, city, county attorneys, non-profits all that work with our youth. The theme is always the same…WE DON”T HAVE ENOUGH MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES FOR OUR YOUTH,” Kate emphasizes. “Before our PrairieCare Medical Group opened in Mankato, students would travel everyday back and forth to either Chaska or Rochester to receive this Intensive Outpatient Service. It puts a lot of extra stress on both the youth and families who are going through a life transition or in crisis and then to have them travel daily for 4-6 weeks to receive this level of service.”
PrairieCare opened its doors in early August in its temporary home at 201 North Broad Street, Suite 200. The permanent building on East Main Street is expected to be done in August 2018. PrairieCare offers Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) services to secondary aged students 6-12 grade. This program is a middle point between an inpatient psychiatric hospitalization and regular outpatient therapy. Patients receive intensive clinical services that provide thorough psychiatric assessment and stabilization aimed at building resiliency. IOP can help children and adolescents who are suffering from depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, ADHD, PTSD, mood disorders, and more.
“Our PrairieCare Medical Group goal is to transform psychiatric care for our youth and the families we serve. Mental health is real and its treatable,” says Kate. “We are creating a healing environment for our patients and families where they feel supported and will leave with tools and skills to build resiliency so they can be successful in their homes, school, and community. The entire medical team along with our district 77 teacher works with every patient in our IOP program to reduce their mental health symptoms while implementing strategies to assist the patient to be successful in the classroom.”
PrairieCare Medical Group
Address: 201 North Broad Street