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N.D. Developmental Center earns accreditation

November 7, 2003

Bismarck, N.D. - The North Dakota Developmental Center in Grafton, N.D., has earned a two-year accreditation from the Council on Quality and Leadership, a national accrediting organization. The accreditation follows an on-site review held July 22-25.

The Council uses outcome measures to assess quality from the consumer's point of view. The review process emphasizes values-based supports and services, individualized planning, and personal outcomes. A Council announcement said, "This system ensures the Developmental Center's accountability to service users and provides assurances to funders that valuable community resources are used efficiently and comprehensively."

Developmental Center Superintendent Alex Schweitzer credits staff for earning the accreditation. "Staff skill and dedication, and the supports they provide to individuals are the reasons the facility continues to maintain national accreditation," he said.

The Council's term of accreditation is based on measures of leadership, systems, and quality management and planning.

The Developmental Center is a state-operated, comprehensive support agency for people with mental retardation/developmental disabilities. The center currently serves 152 people providing specialized services and acting as a safety net for people whose needs exceed community resources.


Alex Schweitzer, Superintendent of the Developmental Center and State Hospital, N.D. Department of Human Services, (701) 253-3964, or
Heather Steffl, N.D. Department of Human Services, (701) 328-4933


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