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Forum News Service, Published September 11 2013

Treatment center in Jamestown loses license

JAMESTOWN, N.D. - South Central Human Service Center's license to provide substance abuse treatment will be suspended starting Monday.

The 90-day suspension only involves substance abuse cases and does not affect treatment for other mental health issues, said JoAnne Hoesel, director of the Division of Mental Health and Substance Abuse with North Dakota Human Services.

Hoesel would not comment on the problems that lead to the suspension.

Alex Schweitzer, Department of Human Services superintendent of institutions, said the substance abuse program currently serves 63 clients.

"Services won't stop," he said. "Between the State Hospital, other regional human service centers and private addiction counselors we will treat everyone that needs treatment."

The Jamestown center serves the counties of Wells, Foster, Griggs, Stutsman, Barnes, Logan, LaMoure, McIntosh and Dickey.

Other regional human service centers are located in Fargo, Devils Lake, Grand Forks, Minot, Williston and Dickinson.