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Welcome to Gerard Academy

Partnering to Create Progressive Treatment Options

Gerard Academy programming partners with youth, family, county, and community resources to provide individualized plans that focus on lasting outcomes following treatment.

The staff and leadership at Gerard continually seek ways to create progressive and unique treatment options, increase its continuum of care, expand its geographic reach, and provide more proximate services to better meet the needs of children and families in its care.

Gerard Academy’s residential treatment programs and on-site, year-round school provide cognitive behavioral therapy for boys and girls, ages 6-19, who are struggling with family relationships, suicidal thoughts, eating disorders, aggression, depression, self-harm, learning disabilities, attention deficit disorder, chemical health, patterns of abusive behavior, and trauma-based mental health issues.

A private nonprofit organization, Gerard Academy has provided treatment services to youth for more than four decades. Today, we continue to support and care for children in difficult circumstances with a program mix that is progressive and responsive to those we serve. Treatment components include unit milieu; individual, group, and family therapy; and on-site, year-round education.

Gerard offers an array of high-quality services to give children and families the tools and skills they need to successfully return to home and community. Programming is accredited by The Council on Accreditation for Children and Family Services (COA) and licensed by the Minnesota Department of Human Services and Department of Health. New Dominion School is accredited by AdvancEd.


Residential Treatment

The Residential Treatment Center offers programs for boys and girls ages 6 to 18 who are struggling with emotional or behavioral disorders by focusing on issues, improving social skills, and developing an improved sense of responsibility and caring.
Learn more about the Residential Treatment Programs, here.

45-Day Assessments

A multi-disciplinary treatment team evaluates youth for medical, clinical, psychiatric, recreational, and educational needs, then recommends appropriate treatment options.
Learn more about the 45-Day Assessments, here.

Short-Term Residential Treatment

The Short-Term Program is an intensive 90- to 120-day, solution-focused intervention for boys and girls ages 8-18 with emotional or behavioral disorders.
Learn more about the Short-Term Program, here.

Bridging Program

The Bridging Program works in partnership with local counties to increase continuity of care before, during, and after a youth is placed in residential treatment.
Learn more about the Bridging Program, here.

Emergency Shelter Program

The Gerard Academy Emergency Shelter Program works to provide short-term placements for youth in need of emergency shelter when they cannot stay in their homes.
Learn more about the Emergency Shelter Program, here.

New Dominion School

New Dominion School provides an integrated, full-day educational program for students in residential treatment at Gerard Academy.

A partnership with Riverland Community College gives Gerard students a chance to experience college life with a weekly course.
Learn more about New Dominion School, here.

Executive Director Director Bio


Gerard Academy
1111 28th Street NE
Austin, MN 55912
Phone: 507-433-1843
Fax: 507-433-7868

Brent Henry, Executive Director


  • Jeff Hansen, Corporate Admissions Manager
    Phone: 612-619-2319
    Fax: 763-331-8219
  • Loren Nerison, Gerard Admissions Coordinator
    Phone: 507-434-4433
    Fax: 507-433-7868
  • Pam Calvert, Admissions Specialist
    Phone: 507-434-4370
    Fax: 507-433-7868
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