Sex Offender Treatment and Assessment of North Dakota (STAND) began in early June of 2014 as a shared vision held by both Dr. Benson and Dr. Ertelt to provide high quality care for sex offenders throughout the state of North Dakota. By October 2014, services were up and running.
History of S.T.A.N.D.
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.