New autism treatment center opens in Winona

Parents and guardians of kids with autism have a new place to take them for therapy services.

Partners In Excellence opened their new location in the Winona Knitting Mills building Monday. It will be a temporary home for the organization until they can move into their full-time location at the old Winona YMCA building in 2019.

Partners In Excellence aims to help kids between the ages of 1 and 10 who are on the autism spectrum by offering various behavioral therapy programs.

The organization decided to expand to Winona after a different company was recently forced to close, leaving the city without an autism treatment center.

“We heard of the need, and knew that there were going to be some children and families without support (and) without help, so we decided we should look for a building and open up and provide services here,” said center director Jackie Vick.

Partners In Excellence has three treatment centers in the Twin Cities area and has had a location in La Crosse since 2010, which currently serves about 60 kids.