Kennedy Krieger

A rendering of the outpatient facility Kennedy Krieger plans to build. (Courtesy of Kennedy Krieger / April 30, 2014)

The campus at Kennedy Krieger Institute in East Baltimore is about to get a little bigger with plans for a new outpatient building to be built in part with an $8 million gift from the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation.

Demand for outpatient treatment is growing 20 percent a year, contributing to the need for more space to expand services, Kennedy Krieger CEO Dr. Gary Goldstein said in announcing the plans Wednesday.

"The building is full," Goldstein said.

"This program has grown enormously because of the need," he added. "We keep outgrowing our facility because of the need and the fact that we can do more and more for the children with these problems."

The institute, which specializes in treating children with disabilities, plans to break ground on the building next year. It is still working out an exact date and final architectural details.

The new facility will treat patients with neurodevelopmental disorders. It will include group therapy rooms, exam and treatment rooms, and provide a controlled multisensory environment for children with autism.

The facility will connect with Kennedy Krieger's existing outpatient center, which opened in 2009 with a $7.2 million gift from the Weinberg Foundation. In addition to the existing grant, the foundation has given more than $16 million in capital, operating and program grants to Kennedy Krieger since 1994.

Kennedy Krieger serves more than 20,000 people each year through inpatient and outpatient clinics, home and community services and school-based programs.

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