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.
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,
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
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.