Lawmakers are continuing their efforts of prevention and treatment this session. Senators are considering a bill that will allow for more treatment facilities across the state.
Currently, North Dakota has 3 substance abuse treatment facilities: Minot, Bismarck, and Fargo.
For some patients, this could mean traveling several hours to receive treatment. House Bill 1103 would allow for more facilities to be built across the state, making treatment programs more accessible. The bill would allow funding for 3 more medication units that would be registered with the DEA.
Pamela Sagness; Director of Behavioral Health Division: “And so what this would do is allow for what is called medication units in order to get services closer to individuals who don’t live in those three communities but are working with those providers.”
Lawmakers say this bill will be on the top of their list when they gavel in on Friday. While locations are not yet final, the Behavioral Health Director says larger cities like Grand Forks, Dickinson, and Williston could all be an option.