Heartview Foundation breaks ground on new addiction treatment center

BISMARCK, N.D. - Heartview Foundation broke ground this week for its new location.

The foundation is adding another facility on 23rd and Thayer in Bismarck. It offers addiction treatment services and counseling, and the new addition will allow it to accept more patients.

The executive director says so far its raised $700,000 for the new location, but the goal is $1.5 million.

Mikey Hoeven is one of the board directors for Heartview and says her family bank has donated. She says her passion to help began when she was first lady and fighting the underage drinking problem.

"For them to get back on their feet. and giving them a hand up rather than a hand out, it's very important, you know. We're all human beings, we all need to feel loved and supported, and, you know, as Christians we need to give back," said Hoeven.

The executive director, Kurt Snyder, says construction should be done in about six months and will add more residential treatment beds.

"We currently have 16 beds in Cando, N.D., and 13 beds in downtown Bismarck, it is our most demanded offer," said Snyder.

Snyder says the foundation has a wait list of 20 people, and sometimes up to four to six weeks before people can get into service. He says priority will be given to existing Heartview patients, individuals using medication assisted therapy, pregnant women and other people who may be considered at risk. It also wants to break the facility up into gender specific locations.

"Use this facility for 16 bed male facilities and downtown will serve for 13 bed residential female facility," said Snyder.

Both Snyder and Hoeven say almost everyone knows someone in their family, or a friend who has struggled with an addiction.

People can donate to the project at Heartview.org