Contract agreement to aid North Dakota youth addiction, mental health

Eckert Youth Homes, based in Williston, N.D., has secured a Department of Human Services’ Behavioral Health Division contract to provide residential treatment services for youth addiction and mental health issues.

“This award supports statewide efforts to increase access to needed services,” Lacresha Graham, program administrator with the Behavioral Health Division, said. “The opening of this program aligns with the state’s goals of providing treatment that is needs-based and trauma-informed for adolescents while also supporting the entire family.”

Eckert Youth Homes will start accepting admissions by March 2, 2020, for males and females ages 14 to 18 who need care.

The facility possesses the capacity to serve eight youth in need once community-based options are ruled out, officials said, adding a multidisciplinary team will work together to provide a comprehensive approach to treatment that addresses the medical, biological, psychological, social, and spiritual needs of individuals.

“We have undergone a facility remodel, a culture shift to trauma-informed care, and have built a team of incredibly talented staff who are eager to meet North Dakota’s need for adolescent residential addiction treatment,” Leah Hoffman, clinical director for Eckert Youth Homes, said. “Evidenced-based, trauma-informed care is the foundation of our program and will be reflected in policies, procedures, and most importantly, in the interactions with youth and their families.”