Sauk Rapids treatment center gets green light to expand

5:02 AM, Jul 23, 2013   |    comments
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SAUK RAPIDS, Minn. -- The city council in Sauk Rapids decided unanimously Monday night to allow a treatment facility to expand.

Journey Home Halfway House treats pregnant women and mothers who have drug and alcohol addiction, and there is a waiting list to get in.

Officials said there are a number of addicted mothers who need help, and Journey Home is one of the few places in the state that does this kind of work.

"On our own staff, we have 12 psychiatrists so we can address some of the mental health issues as well as our medical team," says Jim Forsting, Director of Behavioral Health Services at CentraCare Health System.

Mothers can stay at the facility for up to six months with their children. They get treatment for addiction and mental health issues and learn parenting skills all while working with counselors who help them get back into a sober life.

The expansion will allow Journey Home to add more beds, group rooms, expanded dining facilities, add a bigger day care and even a playground.

Monday's city council vote means Journey Home can move forward with plans. Officials said they hope to have the expansion done by the end of the year.

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