Mission Statement

Strengthening lives, families, and communities through our cornerstone values

Contact Information

505 Highway 169 North Suite 500
Plymouth, MN 55441

General Information

Alternative Name
Mille Lacs Academy, Onarga Academy, Indian Oaks Academy, Nexus Glen Lake are DBA's of Nexus. Kindred Family Focus, Woodbourne Center, Gerard Academy and PATH, Inc. are affiliates of Nexus. Nexus also uses the tag line of "Nexus Youth and Family Solutions" in marketing materials
Principal Staff
Brock Wolff
Number of Full-Time Equivalents (FTE)
Number of Clients


Board Chair
Reed Robinson
Number of Board Members
Board Meetings with Quorum
Average Member Attendance

Impact and Programs

Nexus supported the mental and behavioral health needs of 1,086 youth in Minnesota and Illinois during 2015. This included young people ranging in age from 10 to 21 years old who struggle with significant mental health issues and trauma-based conditions that have resulted in family relationship issues, unhealthy behaviors and other life challenges. Campus-based services typically connect youth with services in a residential setting over several months. Services include psychiatric care, residential treatment, group homes, transitional and independent living programs, vocational and aftercare services as well as onsite education programs. Locations included Mille Lacs Academy (Onamia, MN), Nexus Glen Lake (Minnetonka, MN), Onarga Academy (Onarga, IL), and Indian Oaks Academy (Manteno, IL). Additionally, Indian Oaks Academy served 49 youth through its involvement with Redeploy Illinois, a state program that provides community-based outreach programs for youth involved in the juvenile justice system. 250 youth were served through Starfish Family Homes, which provides support for foster families and children in their care Nexus is also working with its affiliates (Gerard Academy and Kindred Family Focus in Minnesota and Woodbourne Center, Inc. in Maryland) to increase community-based supports and mental health resources. The addition of a formal development department will help identify community support for these expanded efforts. By expanding our continuum of care we can better support the safety, permanency and well-being of youth and families in their own communities.
Current Goals
Nexus will advance its mission and actualize its vision through the constant pursuit of the following priorities: Build a Continuum of Care to Provide More Solutions for Youth, Families, and Communities Excel in Long-Term Youth and Family Stability using the Nexus Practice Model* Deliver Exceptional Customer Service Achieve Clinical and Staff Excellence with Training, Mentoring, and Collaboration Develop and Retain a High-Performing Workforce and Positive Workplace Culture Use Data and Research to Inform Decisions, Improve Practices, and Achieve Lasting Outcomes Advocate on Behalf of Children, Families, and Communities through Media and Government Relations Use Technology to Enhance Services and Efficiencies Expand Mission through Acquisition, Growth, Partnerships, and Diversification of the Revenue Streams Support our Mission through Regional Fund Raising
Community or Constituency Served
Nexus provides residential and community mental and behavioral health services for boys and girls ages 10-21 through two locations in Minnesota (Mille Lacs Academy, Onamia, and Nexus Glen Lake, Minnetonka) as well as two locations in Illinois (Indian Oaks Academy, Manteno, and Onarga Academy, Onarga). Additional services include inpatient psychiatric services, vocational services, onsite education, and supportive group homes and transitional living programs. Nexus affiliates include Kindred Family Focus (serving youth ages 0-21 through adoption, foster care and community-based services) and Gerard Academy (providing residential and outpatient mental health services to youth ages 6-19) in Minnesota. Affiliate Woodbourne Center, In Maryland, serves boys ages 12-18. PATH, Inc. provides adoption, foster care and other child and family services in North Dakota and Idaho.
Geographic Area Served
Primary service locations are in Minnesota (Plymouth, Minnetonka and Onamia) and Illinois (Manteno and Onarga). Affiliate organizations and service sites are located in Minnesota (Austin, Cloquet, Fergus Falls, Bemidji, Mankato, Waite Park, Roseville, Monticello), Maryland, North Dakota and Idaho. Nexus receives referrals and cares for youth from all areas of the US, though most are referred from within Minnesota and Illinois.


3 Year Average Expenses
Program Services $33,043,137 81.3%
Management $7,600,871 18.7%
Fundraising $0 0%
Unrestricted Net Assets
2015 2014 2013
End of Year: $24,258,985 $26,939,036 $22,919,820
Beginning of Year: $26,939,036 $22,919,820 $21,214,565
Difference: ($2,680,051) $4,019,216 $1,705,255

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