The outside front of the Wellstone Building in the winter.

Location

Wellstone Center for Recovery

About This Location

Community-based stabilization program for those in crisis.

Wellstone Center for Recovery is a residential, community-based stabilization program for those experiencing a mental health crisis. The goal of the Wellstone Center for Recovery is to help individuals in crisis return to their level of functioning before the crisis. 

Wellstone Center for Recovery is suited for individuals currently experiencing a mental health or emotional crisis as well as those who are transitioning from a higher level of care.

Each person who stays at Wellstone Center for Recovery is provided an individual room in a peaceful environment. On-site professional staff offer evidence-based programming and psychiatric services to help with recovery. 

A stay at Wellstone Center for Recovery is 10 days or less and no prior mental health diagnosis is required. We do not turn away anyone – regardless of your ability to pay.

Primary services offered:

  • Residential Stabilization Program

Office Staff

Dr. Jill Barger

Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
Headshot of Monica Merhar

Monica Merhar

Treatment Director
Headshot of Danielle Spolarich

Danielle “Dani” Spolarich

Director of Crisis Services

Contact Info & Directions

The outside front of the Wellstone Building in the winter.
Wellstone Center for Recovery
731 Third St. S.
Virginia, MN 55792
(218) 471-4327
(218) 393-9117 (Toll Free)

Please call for referral information.

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History

Wellstone Center for Recovery is named after the late Minnesota Senator Paul Wellstone, a loud voice and advocate for the mental health community. 

With his wife Sheila by his side, Wellstone worked across the aisle to champion mental health parity—the principle that insurance companies should cover mental health just like they cover other medical care. 

After Paul’s untimely death in 2002, Senator Al Franken worked with Paul’s son, David, to write the final rules for the law Paul pushed. The Paul Wellstone and Pete Domenici Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008 (MHPAEA) is a federal law that generally prevents group health plans and health insurance issuers that provide mental health or substance use disorder benefits from imposing less favorable benefit limitations on those benefits than on medical/surgical benefits.

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