Dickinson Co. Supervisors Hear Update From Seasons Center After Taking On Some Services Previously Provided By Compass Pointe
(Spirit Lake)-- The Dickinson County Board of Supervisors today (Tues.) heard an update from a Seasons Center representative regarding the additional substance abuse counseling services they're providing in the absence of Compass Pointe. Dan Ries, Vice President of Finance for Seasons Center, says their staff members continue to work additional hours and that they're continuing to hire additional personnel to help meet the need...
"Well we started tracking when Compass Pointe closed. We have approximately 70 individuals that have contacted us for substance abuse services. We don't know if all of those are Compass Pointe clients are not because some people didn't tell us if they were Compass Pointe or not, but I would say that atleast 80 to 90 percent of those for sure would be Compass Pointe folks that were getting services at Compass Pointe prior."
While Seasons Center has taken on the substance abuse counseling services, Ries says they're still evaluating some of the other services Compass Pointe offered and whether or not they want to take those on from a financial standpoint...
"The board wanted to make sure that anything we did didn't hurt Seasons and so that's why we didn't agree to take on everything because we weren't equipped to take on everything that Compass Pointe was doing, so we've taken on as many of the substance abuse clients as we can and a couple of other programs. Some of the programs they provided that were funded by different grants or contracts, those are things we're still looking into but we haven't secured any of those yet, so we haven't taken on some of those services yet."
Ries added recruiting counselors and other staff is also an issue due to a shortage of those specially trained people and the desire for them to live in urban areas.