The front of the new residential treatment center at Methodist Family Health’s United Methodist Children’s Home campus.

On Oct. 16 — only one year after breaking ground on its newest building — Methodist Family Health invited professionals and residents from around Arkansas to attend the dedication ceremony of its state-of-the-art psychiatric treatment center.

The highly modernized residential treatment center is the newest building on Methodist Family Health’s United Methodist Children’s Home campus in Little Rock, Arkansas, the oldest campus within Methodist Family Health.

The brand-new building will replace the services of was previously offered by five individual buildings on campus — three housing units, a school and a gym. According to a press release from Methodist Family Health, the two-story, 33,625-square-foot structure is more efficient than the previous buildings and provides better services to Arkansas children, family and staff.

The building was originally scheduled to open in January 2019, but because of good weather and a dedicated construction team, clients and staff moved into the center in September 2018.

“Most importantly at this campus, Methodist Family Health is a more therapeutic and much safer environment for our clients, their families and our professionals,” said Andy Altom, president and CEO of Methodist Family Health in a press release provided to the Arkansas United Methodist. “The facilities we had for which this new facility is replacing helped us provide quality and compassionate psychiatric and behavioral health care, but this new psychiatric residential treatment center improves how we continue to deliver that care while serving children and families.”

During the dedication ceremony, Bishop Gary Mueller of the Arkansas Conference delivered a blessing and prayer for the new facility and encouraged those who work for Methodist Family Health to continue the good work of caring for Arkansas youth who are in need of psychiatric, behavioral, emotional and spiritual care.

Attendees were then given a tour of the facilities, observing the dining, outdoor rec and living room areas.

For more on Methodist Family Health, visit their website at www.methodistfamilyhealth.org. More info about the psychiatric treatment facility can be acquired by contacting Kelli Reep, director of communications at Methodist Family Health, at kreep@methodistfamily.org.