JAMESTOWN (AP) - North Dakota's state mental hospital in Jamestown is getting out of the business of treating teenagers.
Superintendent Alex Schweitzer says adolescents with psychological problems or addiction issues now will be treated at private facilities around the state. Teens with disabilities will be placed at the state Developmental Center in Grafton.
Schweitzer says the State Hospital will close its adolescent care facility within six months.
Schweitzer tells The Forum newspaper that when he came to the State Hospital it 1995 it had 35 beds for teens. He says the facility now sees only about a dozen referrals a year because of a trend toward more community-based care.
The State Hospital will continue to treat adults with psychological or addiction issues, and also house committed sex offenders.