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Human Services holds public meetings to help shape future roles of State Hospital and Developmental Center

September 8, 2003

Bismarck, N.D. - The North Dakota Department of Human Services is holding meetings in the state's eight largest communities to gather input about the future direction of the North Dakota State Hospital and the State Developmental Center and of services for people with mental health needs, addictions, or developmental disabilities.

Schedule of all Stakeholder meetings (8kb pdf)

"We encourage all interested people to attend," said department Executive Director Carol K. Olson. "This is an opportunity to discuss the long-range role of each facility and their relationships with the human service centers, to address any concerns, and to help shape the way important services are delivered in the future."

Alex Schweitzer, the superintendent of the two facilities, said the department has no plans to merge the State Hospital in Jamestown and the Grafton facility that serves people with developmental disabilities. Such a decision would require legislative action, he said. An interim legislative committee is studying the two institutions.

"We are preparing to update the strategic plans for the two facilities, and input from the people we serve, advocates, and providers, is a crucial first step in that process," Schweitzer said, adding that feedback may also help the department prepare testimony for the interim legislative committee that is studying the two facilities.

Individuals with disabilities who wish to attend the meeting and who need accommodations to participate fully should contact Karla Bachmeier or Linda McCleery at (701) 253-3964, as soon as possible.

The State Hospital and the Developmental Center both provide specialized services and act as safety nets for people whose needs exceed community resources. The Developmental Center currently serves 152 people who typically have special needs due to medical conditions or behavioral issues. The State Hospital provides acute mental health or substance abuse treatment services to about 120 patients per day, and also provides addiction treatment services for the state correctional system for another 70 people per day.


Alex Schweitzer, Superintendent of the State Hospital and the Developmental Center, (701) 253-3964, or
Heather Steffl, Public Information Officer, (701) 328-4933


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