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North Dakota adults face gap in addiction treatment

Posted 6/09/14 (Mon)

FARGO – There’s an unintended gap in adult residential treatment for addictions because of North Dakota’s selection of the basic “essential services” coverage under the Affordable Care Act, service providers and mental health advocates say.

As a result, some people with addictions who require residential treatment are not able to access services and are ending up in emergency rooms or will be shifted to already overcrowded regional state human service centers, they say.

“It’s truly a sad state of affairs,” said Kurt Snyder, executive director of Heartview Foundation in Bismarck, which treats alcohol and drug addictions.

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