Addiction Treatment


The director of the North Dakota Department of Human Services said the Center for Medicare and Medicaid has issued a new rule which could affect mental health treatment in North Dakota.

Chris Jones said it concerns "IMDs" -- Institute for Mental Disease.  Jones said under current rules, Medicaid would only reimburse institutions that are considered psychiatric hospitals withy 16 beds or less.

Journeys Through Justice Recap

Aug 2, 2017

Journeys Through Justice producer Meg Luther Lindholm sits down with Bill Thomas to review what has been happening with the stories she reports on in this series.  Hear most of the Journeys Through Justice pieces with  discussion and follow up, as of summer, 2017.  Emulating successful prison practices from Norway, relocation of some drug and mental health counseling to communities instead of prison, drug courts, and more.

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Gov. Doug Burgum will soon start working on a strategic plan for the state of North Dakota.

Burgum said that plan will be formulated with his cabinet.

"We're going to be heading into an off-site planning session soon to work on a strategic plan for the state," Burgum told Prairie Public in an interview.

Addiction and Boot Camp Prison

Mar 14, 2017
Minnesota Department of Corrections

Recovery from severe drug addiction often requires a lot of time, a lot of effort and separation from drug using friends. Sometimes prison is the only place that offers those three things. Meg Luther Lindholm has more in this Journeys Through Justice report.

Addiction and Sentencing: One Woman's Journey

Mar 14, 2017
Johnny Grim

No one starts using drugs with the goal of becoming hopelessly addicted. But that is what often happens. In this Journeys Through Justice story, Meg Luther Lindholm speaks with one woman about her journey through addiction.

Jenenne Guffey is a woman with a mission. She works at Prairie St. John’s Hospital in Fargo helping substance abusers recover and get their lives back. She struggled for years with her own drug addiction before she got her life back.  Although when she started using drugs she had no idea how long it would take to stop.

Journeys Through Justice: Addiction, Treatment and Prisons

Feb 21, 2017

Leann Bertsch has been North Dakota’s director of Corrections since 2005. In this Journeys Through Justice report, she talks about the changes she feels are needed in the state’s criminal justice system.

We are the third fastest growing state in terms of incarceration, which is not a good statistic to have.

This growth is driven largely by people who are addicted to drugs and alcohol.