U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp toured the Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara (MHA) addiction treatment center in Bismarck Friday, saying, “It’s wonderful what you’re building here.”
The state-of-the-art facility on the edge of Bismarck is scheduled for a June 2018 completion. The facility will have a central treatment building and two nearby men’s and women’s cottages. According to tribal officials, no facility like this exists in the Northern Plains. It is 100 percent MHA Nation-funded with the full support of the Tribal Business Council.
As they toured the construction site, both Sen. Heitkamp and MHA Chairman Mark N. Fox looked to the future.
“This is just treatment. This is the middle phase. It’s part of the continuum of care. If we don’t have a continuum of care, our chance of failure is great,” Chairman Fox said.
After the initial treatment, patients live in a housing complex that provides skills training to help keep patients sober and moving towards self-sufficiency. They can stay in these homes for a few years.
“Transitional housing is going to be absolutely essential to making this work and be successful long term,” Sen. Heitkamp said.
She said she hoped the Tribes would get help from Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for the transitional housing.