Human Services Expands Statewide Residential Treatment Program for Adolescents through Contract with Eckert Youth Homes in Williston

The Behavioral Health Division of the North Dakota Department of Social Services awarded a second contract to Eckert Youth Homes in Williston to expand a statewide residential addiction treatment program currently serving youth, aged 14 to 18, struggling with concurrent substance abuse and mental health issues. according to a press release.

This new contract, which begins in January 2022, will allow Eckert Youth Homes to increase the capacity of eight to 10 young people in need of this intensive service once community treatment options have been ruled out. The division entered into a first contract with Eckert Youth Homes in February 2020 for the program which served 70 youth from across the state.

“We strive to help youth and their families understand the complexities of addiction and achieve individualized goals to reach their full potential,” said Dr. Leah Hoffman, Clinical Director of Eckert Youth Homes. “Seeking treatment can be overwhelming and confusing for families. We enjoy helping families navigate the intricacies of residential treatment.

The program includes a multidisciplinary team that uses multiple interventions to provide a comprehensive approach to treatment that meets the medical, biological, psychological, social and spiritual needs of each young person.

Funding for the expanded program was provided by the division’s federal drug prevention and treatment block grant. This effort also supports the 2018 Human Services Research Institute report which examined the response of the state’s behavioral health system to the well-being and needs of North Dakotas.

For more information on the Teen Residential Addiction Treatment Program, visit Eckert Youth Homes online at

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