Lee Carlson Center to open location in St. Louis Park, MN – October 2021


October 2021

Mental health agency with 43-year history opens new St Louis Park clinic offering hope, healing and health to communities in western Hennepin County.

St. Louis Park, MN:    Lee Carlson Center for Mental Heath and Wellbeing operates 3 outpatient clinics, a drop-in center for adults, community based mental health care as well as services across 65 metro area schools.  As part of growing expansion into Hennepin County which began in 2018 with the addition of a clinic in Brooklyn Center the agency plans to open its fourth and newest clinic in St Louis Park at 7104 West Lake Street in late October 2021.

Mental health problems affect about 1 in 5 children and as many as 1 and 4 adults.  Problems manifest themselves as depression, anxiety, behavioral issues and are often a direct response to what is happening a person’s life.  Half of all chronic mental illness begins by age 14.  Despite effective treatment, there are long delays–sometimes decades-between the first appearance of symptoms and when people get help.

When the agency crossed the river from Anoka County into Hennepin County in 2018 the agency had already been serving many Hennepin county residents from its location in Fridley where the agency has been operating since 1979, said CEO Rob Edwards.

“We are opening another Hennepin County location just a few miles south to make our programs and services even more accessible to the community,” said Edwards.

Lee Carlson Center considers itself an essential safety net provider when it comes to mental health, operating multiple sliding fee scales and conducting fundraising to cover the cost of care for many who can’t afford coinsurance or deductibles or are uninsured.

“We also offer many services at no cost which we can do because of our great partnerships with foundations, local government and a strong base of committed donors,” said Sarah Caflisch, Lee Carlson Center’s Chief Development Officer.

In 2019, the agency established its first ever endowment fund to ensure the legacy of its mission to provide affordable mental health care to children, families and adults in its communities, said Edwards.

“As the footprint of our mission grows the need for support from the community grows too.  We can keep serving individuals who would otherwise slip through the cracks as long we have the support of the community behind us,” Edwards said.

Initially, Lee Carlson Center will operate four of its programs in person in St Louis Park and from the site via telehealth including its outpatient clinical services for individuals of any age including play therapy, it’s domestic violence treatment services and its Intensive Treatment in Foster Care Services with in-home Mental Health offerings for Children, Families and Adults ramping up toward the end of 2021 and into early 2022.  The agency’s partnerships with Hennepin County and clients who reside in Hennepin County is a primary reason why the agency is expanding to St Louis Park.

“We need to have locations that offer convenience for clients with little to no wait so that individuals can get the support necessary early before small concerns become larger ones,” said Edwards.

As the mental health effect of the pandemic continue to become known the agency continues to build out its adaptive response including telehealth offerings as well as essential face to face services that seek to maintain safe, healing environments where individuals can take the initial steps toward recovery toward mental wellness.

“Right now, we are working to ensure effective client care that’s driven by clients as much as possible whether that looks like in person or telehealth services or a combination of both,” said Edwards.

Edwards said the agency is working to be both nimble and responsive because no one quite knows what the future holds with the Covid-19 pandemic.  The amazing team at Lee Carlson Center is adaptable and client-centered and they’ve already transcended the pandemic with how they have supported the agency’s clients, said Edwards.

For more information or to refer someone, you know, or self-referral you can visit the agency’s website online at www.leecarlsoncenter.org or call the agency’s central intake phone line at 763-780-3036 to speak with an Engagement Specialist.

To support the agency in its work financially with a one-time gift, a legacy gift or to attend an upcoming virtual or in person please event visit https://leecarlsoncenter.org/give/


Sarah Caflisch
Chief Development Officer
Lee Carlson Center for Mental Health & Well-Being