The North Dakota Department of Human Services’ Medical Services Division is holding a “Money Follows the Person” grant stakeholder meeting on from 1 to 4 p.m. Tuesday in the Pioneer Room at the Capitol. The public is welcome to attend.
A faulty electric fence may have helped a patient make a brief escape Monday from the North Dakota State Hospital’s Secure Services Unit.
Vance Mey, 18, originally from the Williston, N.D., area, scaled the fence about 9:30 a.m. Monday and was captured about half an hour later.
The Governing Body of the North Dakota State Hospital met the new medical director during its regular quarterly meeting Monday.
Dr. Eduardo Yabut accepted the position after working about eight years as medical director at South Central Human Service Center in Jamestown.
The North Dakota State Hospital budget that heads to the Legislature this session increases spending by about $3 million with the largest increases in the departments dedicated to the traditional mental health services the facility provides, according to Alex Schweitzer, superintendent of the hospital.
The North Dakota State Hospital is seeking proposals to contract the treatment of troubled adolescents to a private inpatient facility, according to the report of Alex Schweitzer, superintendent of the hospital, to the Governing Board Monday.
A former staff psychologist who worked at the North Dakota State Hospital in the 1960s and again in the 1980s was surprised by some of the things he saw when he returned for the 125th anniversary of the facility this week.
“We visited some of the wards yesterday and were surprised by the low number of residents,” said Dr. Phil Stack, currently of Spring Hill, Tenn. “There are more staff than patients now.”
He also noted many changes to the grounds and facilities.
A walk for mental health will be held in conjunction with the 125th anniversary celebration at the North Dakota State Hospital on Thursday. The walk will cover about a mile in distance from the hospital campus to the State Hospital Cemetery.
The date of the North Dakota State Hospital picnic was incorrect in a brief on A3 in Tuesday’s Sun. The All Hospital Picnic for staff of the hospital is at noon May 7. The picnic is not open to the public. The event is part of the hospital’s 125th Anniversary Celebration.
The schedule of the 125th anniversary celebration of the North Dakota State Hospital should have indicated the All Hospital Picnic at noon on May 17 is for staff of the State Hospital only. The picnic is not open to the public.
When the 125th anniversary celebration of the North Dakota State Hospital kicks off this week it will celebrate not only a long and colorful history but, according to Alex Schweitzer, State Hospital superintendent, the pride the employees take in their work.
“It is and always has been a tough job dealing with a whole variety of people with a variety of mental illnesses,” he said. “But the one thing I hear from employees present and past is the pride they have in their work.”
Alex Schweitzer, administrator of the State Hospital, clarified his statement made at the Monday governing board concerning the releases by judges of individuals from the sex offender treatment unit quoted in a story in Tuesday’s Sun titled “Secure Services releases seven in 2009.”
The North Dakota State Hospital may look for money to expand its number of beds during the next legislative session, according to the superintendent’s report presented to the State Hospital Governing Board Monday.
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