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About Lake Region Human Service Center

Lake Region Human Service Center (LRHSC) helps people dealing with personal and emotional problems, family and relationship concerns, addiction and disability issues, and other challenges. The center serves a six-county area that includes Benson, Cavalier, Eddy, Ramsey, Rolette, and Towner counties; and the Turtle Mountain Reservation and Spirit Lake Reservation. This 6,756 square mile area is home to about 43,168 people. The center serves about 2,200 people per year.

In addition to the clinical services offered at LRHSC, specialized units provide services to people with developmental disabilities, chronic mentally illness, or chemical dependencies. Staff members also specialize in aging services, children and family services, and vocational rehabilitation. A multi-disciplinary team structure is used, and psychiatrists, social workers, addiction counselors, nurses, and psychologists provide clinical services to people affected by emotional difficulties, domestic violence, child abuse or neglect, sexual abuse, mental illness, or addiction. The center also maintains a 24-hour crisis line to meet the emergency needs of Region III residents.

LRHSC has a Regional Advisory Council, which is comprised of representatives from each of the six counties. County commissions appoint the county representatives on the advisory council. Representation is available to the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa and Spirit Lake Nation.

The center does not discriminate or deny services or assistance on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, political beliefs, disability or status with respect to marriage or public assistance.

History

Lake Region Human Service Center's (LRHSC) history dates back to 1965. The center originated as a Social Service Board of North Dakota facility and was first named the Lake Region Area Social Service Center.

The center participated in a national Human Service Integration Project from 1972 to 1975 that was funded by a 1115 federal grant. Grantees were directed to study the feasibility of developing and implementing an integrated human service delivery system. Ultimately the center became the first human service center in North Dakota. In 1975, the North Dakota Legislature passed legislation that led to the development of Badlands Human Service Center in Dickinson, N.D., and Northwest Human Service Center in Williston, N.D. The North Dakota Department of Human Services was created in 1982, and five other human service centers were developed, consolidating the area social service centers and area mental health centers.

The center has been the site of other demonstration projects including: adult protective services, computerization technology development, service delivery for courts, and an optimal intake process.

 

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