Life Enrichment Services

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Alternative Services (AS)

Clients who choose Merrick for life enrichment services have access to community inclusion activities; therapeutic experiences including animal assistance, horticulture, and music sessions; arts and crafts; sensory integration; social and recreation; positive behavior support planning; augmented communication including assistive technology and American Sign Language; and enriched staff-to-client ratios. Clients have access to multiple activity settings and individualized strategies and schedules to promote emotional, mental, and physical health.

North St. Paul Program (NSP)

With a desire to embed services within a community, Merrick opened our North St. Paul site in 2012. This unique program provides a variety of health, social, and related support services in a protective and nurturing environment.

Merrick strives to enable clients to pursue personal preferences. We use a self-assessment and discovery process to assist clients with identifying specific activities in the community in which to participate.  Clients enrolled in the program are encouraged to foster their own engagement as “citizens” of North St. Paul through opportunities for commerce, volunteerism, community service, and participation in community activities. NSP facilitates group events, activities, and outings based on suggestions from the clients.

Get Started

Please visit admission inquiries and complete our online admission application form if you are interested in receiving life enrichment services from Merrick.

For inquiries specific to our North St. Paul program, you may contact Andrea Mickelson at (651) 788-9107 or

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  • Executive Director John Wayne Barker and clients wearing purple