Fraser Receives $2.6 Million from Peter J. King Family Foundation to Build State-of-the-Art Mental Health Clinic

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Fraser received a $2.6 million grant from the Peter J. King Family Foundation to support the building of the Fraser Woodbury Clinic, a state-of-the-art mental health clinic.

This will be the seventh clinic for Fraser.

There is a huge demand for autism and mental health services throughout the Twin Cities, and especially in the Twin Cities east metro, where there are few service providers. Families are often forced to travel great distances to receive services. Fraser estimates more than 1,200 families will be served at the Fraser Woodbury Clinic in the first year.

“We are deeply grateful to the Peter J. King Family Foundation for their incredible generosity. This gift will help us to provide Fraser’s life-changing services to thousands of children and families in the east metro,” said Diane Cross, Fraser President and CEO. “This will have a positive ripple effect on families for years to come. We will be able to serve more families waiting for services and reduce travel times for families already driving across town to receive treatment.”

First of its kind in the nation, the 27,000 square foot clinic is being constructed including research-based lighting, acoustics, and design features to enhance treatment outcomes. “This is the first autism project, worldwide, designed based on quantitative perceptual building performance standards focused on the hypersensitivity of children and adults on the spectrum,” said Steve Orfield, President of Orfield Labs, a special advisor on the project and industry-leading researcher and building designer.

“The building is not imposing, institutional, or perceptually noisy; the intent was to not activate any area of hypersensitivity or to provide an experience of non-familiarity. In many ways, it will be a Zen-like environment, peaceful and simple,” Orfield added.

Fraser has been raising funds for the Fraser Woodbury Clinic capital campaign since 2015. So far, including the grant from the Peter J. King Family Foundation, Fraser has raised over $6 million. “We are extremely thankful for all the community support we have received,” said Cross.

Fraser Woodbury Clinic, located at 721 Commerce Drive, will provide autism treatment, early childhood mental health treatment, and pediatric therapy services. It is scheduled to open on June 25.

The mission of the Peter J. King Family Foundation is to provide bricks and mortar funding to organizations whose activities are dedicated to the improvement of children’s health, education and welfare, and to building a stronger family environment.  

Founded in 1935, Fraser is Minnesota’s largest and most experienced provider of autism and early childhood mental health services. Fraser provides direct care to more than 10,000 children, teens, and adults each year through healthcare, housing, education and employment services. Its programs are nationally recognized for their high quality, innovation, and individualized family-centered approach. For more information, call 612-861-1688 or visit