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About Us

About Us

About Us

Wellstone Regional Hospital is a 100-bed psychiatric hospital for children, adolescents and adult patients. Comprehensive outpatient services are also available for Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOP).

Dedication and Quality

What separates Wellstone from all others is absolute dedication to the respect of each individual human being, with an emphasis on restoring hope. Our highly trained and motivated staff is the key to providing a quality clinical program that encourages individuals to explore their options and help themselves.

Philosophy and Goal

The philosophy of our programs revolves around the unique needs of each individual and their ability to cope effectively with life stressors. Our goal is to strengthen the spirit by identifying coping strategies and supporting each person’s efforts.

Our hope for you and your family is to get well and stay well.


Wellstone Regional Hospital was named after the late Senator Paul Wellstone, his wife Sheila and daughter Marsha who died in a plane crash in October 2002. Wellstone Hospital strives to represent the values and strong character of the Wellstones by serving the mentally ill and the chemically dependent.

About Senator Paul Wellstone

Senator Wellstone and his family were true champions of America’s underserved and were committed to helping people facing mental wellness challenges and survivors of domestic violence.

Senator Wellstone’s colleagues referred to him as the social conscience of the U.S. Senate. He repeatedly demonstrated that he believed in humanitarian principles over politics.

Though short in stature, he was a giant when it came to advocating for mental health. Part of the Wellstone legacy was his determination and leadership in implementing national legislation to address the issue of mental health insurance parity.

Wellstone Legislation for Mental Health

On October 3, 2008, the Paul Wellstone and Pete Domenici Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008 was signed into law. This new federal law requires group health insurance plans (those with more than 50 insured employees) that offer coverage for mental health and substance use disorders, to provide those benefits in no more restrictive way than all other medical and surgical procedures covered by the plan.

Special Recognition

In the lobby of Wellstone Regional Hospital, we display educational resources regarding Senator Paul Wellstone and his effort to eliminate discrimination against individuals and families living with mental health challenges.

Help is Just a Phone Call Away

We cannot offer diagnosis, counseling or recommendations online, but an Assessment and Referral specialist is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Please call for a no-cost assessment at 812-284-8000. If you are currently experiencing an emergency, please dial 911 or go to the nearest emergency room.