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. 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.

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.


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. We expanded services to include care coordination and peer support.


In 2018 we expanded our Federal sex offender treatment services to include 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 in Bismarck, Fargo, Dickinson and Grand Forks.


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.

STAND’s commitment to public safety was validated when we looked out our outcome data. Despite working with some of the highest risk offenders in our community, we have to date had a re-offense rate of less than 1% and below what would be expected given our population. That is 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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