History of S.T.A.N.D.

Sex Offender Treatment and Assessment of North Dakota (STAND) began in early June of 2014 as a shared vision held by both Dr. Stacey Benson and Dr. Troy Ertelt to create a safer North Dakota by providing high quality treatment for sex offenders throughout the state.
With over two decades of combined experience in sex offender treatment and assessment, as well as leadership and management experience, they crafted a non-profit organization that was dedicated to eliminating sexual violence and sexual abuse.
By October 2014, services were up and running.

Our Fargo office opened first, followed quickly by Jamestown, Grand Forks, Dickenson, Minot, and then Bismarck. In February 2015, construction on our new Corporate Office in Fargo was complete, and Fargo staff moved in to our new space. The first six months of our company was an exciting time, as we recruited and hired exceptional clinical staff throughout the region and went through the first wave of training in our program model for all new staff.

In July of 2015, STAND participated in its first Correctional Program Checklist Group Audit (CPC-GA) conducted by NDDOCR. The CPC-GA covers four broad areas (program staff and support, offender assessment, treatment, and quality assurance), and rates programs at one of four classification levels (highly effective, effective, needs improvement, and ineffective). According to research by the University of Cincinnati Correctional Institute, eighty percent (80%) of programs audited nationally are rated in either the “ineffective” or “needs improvement” categories. STAND was rated in the Effective category and provided with recommendations to further enhance its services and move toward a Highly Effective rating, a rating achieved by only six percent (6%) of programs nationwide. Receiving such high marks so early in our programs history speaks volumes as to the high quality clinical staff we are privileged to have work with us.


In 2015, we opened our first office in Fargo, quickly followed by Jamestown, Grand Forks, Dickinson, Minot, & Bismarck. STAND was newly operational and this was an exciting time as we were able to put our shared vision into practice.


In 2016, STAND opened an office in Devils Lake.


In 2017, we welcomed Dr. Kiland to our executive staff in the position of Director of Operations. Dr. Kiland brought with her over a decade of experience providing sex offender treatment and assessment, as well as having run a program for adolescents with sexual boundary problems.
Later this year we also expanded services to include care coordination and peer support.


In 2018 we expanded our Federal sex offender treatment services to include services in Bismarck, Fargo and Williston. By the end of 2018, we had grown to 14 staff working out of 8 offices throughout the state.


In 2019 we welcomed the opportunity to provide services to juveniles who have offended.


2020 brought new challenges with the COVID-19 Pandemic and we were able to maintain operations through this difficult time, balancing the health and safety of our clients, employees and the larger community with our commitment to providing quality treatment.


In 2021 our work with juveniles expanded to include low and moderate-intensity treatment.


In 2022 we responded to the growth we were seeing in our Bismarck and Grand Forks areas and moved into larger office space. We increased our services to the Williston and Minot areas.


In 2023 we expanded services to provide community-based treatment to low-risk offenders on work release.

Since beginning operations nearly a decade ago, STAND has responded to the need areas identified by our state and worked to close these gaps in services. By working in close partnership with the Department of Corrections, Department of Human Services and the United States Federal Probation, STAND has provided high-quality, empirically validated, sex offender treatment to over 400 men, women and adolescents who live in North Dakota.

STAND’s commitment to public safety was validated when we looked at our outcome data in a research study in 2019. We had  a known re-offense rate of less than 2%.  While our goal is, and always will be, a 0% re-offense rate, a 2% re-offense rate stands as a testament to the dedication and hard work of our clinicians, the quality of our services, and the commitment of the men and women enrolled in our program.


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