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Why Prairie Lakes?

Kids tell us they feel safe and cared for at PLYP.  They like the routine and structure of their day.  They like knowing what to expect.  Being away from the pressures and negative influences of their normal lives give them the opportunity to open their minds to new ideas.  


Because PLYP offers flexible program lengths, there are options available to serve youth with a need for out of home placement.  Program lengths can be tailored to suit the age of the youth, the individualized needs and consider previous placement, and ACEs trauma history. With the wide range of programs and services offered, PLYP can work to meet the specific needs of each child placed through trauma informed and culturally relevant supports

PLYP Philosophy

Through a combination of trauma informed and cognitive based programming with behavioral accountability, PLYP aims to give young people the tools they need to live a successful life.


PLYP offers the following supports:

  • Individual Therapy

  • Family Therapy

  • Group Therapy

  • Animal Assisted Intervention Pet Therapy

  • Substance Use Disorder Recovery Treatment

  • Truancy Support

  • CHIPS Support

  • Assessments

  • and so much more


Truthought® LLC

The Truthought Corrective Thinking™ Program revolves around the thought process that our youth use.  Our goal is to help them recognize that the choices they make are based on their thought process.  

By teaching the different barriers in thinking and tactics that residents use to avoid taking responsibility for their behavior, residents begin to see the responsible thinking steps they can use. PLYP gives them the tools they need to succeed.

PLYP Overview

  • Established in 1991; expanded in 1997, and again in 2007 and 2022

  • Owned and operated by the counties of: Chippewa, Kandiyohi, Lac Qui Parle, Swift, and Yellow Medicine

  • Serves girls and boys, ages 10 to 21

  • Flexible program lengths to meet individual needs

  • Referrals accepted from all counties in Minnesota

  • Level based programming resulting in increased privileges

  • Education provided through Willmar Public Schools

  • Complete health care services are available

  • Individual placement and progress plans tailored to each child's needs

  • Religious and spirituality offerings available

  • Secure and Non-Secure Alternative programming

  • Chemical screening available

  • Community service and chemical dependency programs

Change Your Thinking! Change Your Life!

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