An array of individualized mental health services for boys, girls, teens, adults, and families.
Gerard’s history began in the 1960s, when it was founded as the Gerard School, a treatment site for the care of children. Throughout the years, It has been known as Gerard of Minnesota, Gerard Treatment Programs, and, today, Gerard Academy — but it has always retained its focus of caring for children and families.
Situated on a beautiful 12-acre campus in Austin, MN, Gerard Academy was the former Hormel Estate. The site has retained many of its homelike charms, including the family living room, grand staircase, cozy bedrooms, entry drive, gardens, and trees. A nature preserve is adjacent to the property.
When you arrive on campus, you immediately see this is not a typical residential treatment facility. The warmth of the surroundings is mirrored by the interactions of staff with children and families.
Gerard Academy has demonstrated excellence in its treatment approach. In 2012, Gerard Academy was Provider of the Year by the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI).
Under the leadership of Executive Director Brent Henry, Gerard has worked to expand its service line to provide more mental health options for youth and families. The Bridging and Short-Term programs were developed in partnership with Dakota County. In 2015, Gerard opened an outpatient program to serve children, teens, adults, and families in the community in answer to County and School needs for mental health services in the area.