Policy-Makers Cut Ribbon in Rosemount
A ribbon cutting ceremony was held for the new Lorenz Clinic in Rosemount April 7, 2021. The event was hosted by the Rosemount Port Authority, City Council, and Chamber of Commerce and featured remarks by local policy leaders committed to mental healthcare.
Rosemount Mayor Bill Droste welcomed the new clinic to the community. “I can’t say how proud we are to have you move your office here,” said Droste as he stressed the importance of clinical services that support families, children, couples, and adults.
Founder of Lorenz Clinic, Dr. Chad Lorenz had the honor of cutting the ribbon to welcome the community to the new clinic. “I grew up in a town like Rosemount—a vibrant, healthy downtown, a walkable community—and one of the things that I noticed in my hometown that was really lacking was access to mental health professionals.” He continued, “We are going to celebrate access embedded in the community.”
Congresswoman Angie Craig thanked those in attendance and all clinicians, “Mental health care is health care. I thank every single one of you for the work that you do to treat mental illness as the disease it is.”
Minnesota Representative John Huot thanked Lorenz for investing in the community and tasked its clinicians with aiding the effort to treat issues exacerbated by the pandemic. “I’m going to charge you with a very important task. Minnesota is going to have to heal….I lay it on your shoulders and I know you’re capable.” He also announced that the Health and Human Services Committee, where Huot serves as Vice Chair, was approving telemedicine to continue as a reimbursable service.
Expanding on one of the clinic’s core values, Dr. Lorenz emphasized the need for equal access. “Folks think there’s equal access to services like this within our communities, but there isn’t. It’s really important for places like this exist that take all the payers, that see everybody regardless of their ability to pay.”
The new clinic will host a variety of integrated levels of mental health services under one roof. These include psychological testing, psychiatric medication management, outpatient psychotherapy, and intensive, trauma-focused day-treatment for very young children. KSTP was in attendance; their coverage of the event can be found here.