Posted 11/01/16 (Tue)
By Brad Nygaard
Changes are being made in mental health and addiction counseling services in Crosby.
Counselors Jessica Watterud and Melissa Nystuen, who worked previously for Solutions Behavioral Health, have started their own private practices using the same office space.
Now, one Monday each month, Lacey Glueckert, a licensed addiction counsellor from Williston, will be in Crosby to see clients, too.
“Melissa and I aren’t trained in that area, so we can’t provide services in that area,” said Watterud.
“There’s a whole corner of the state that’s not serviced by alcohol or drug [counseling], you know everything is in Williston, or Watford,” Gluekert said.
Glueckert will see clients in the former Solutions office on a day when Watterud and Nystuen serve satellite clinics.
Glueckert said coming to Crosby is partly designed to make travel less of an issue for her patients.
“I’ve had clientele from that area, and I know that it’s really tough to get down there,” she said, referring to Williston.
“I just wanted to open up a little more of the option, and for the clients that I do have in that area that travel down to Williston they get at least one week where they don’t have to make the hour long drive,” said Gluekert.
Sam Pulvermacher, director of Divide County Social Services says having an addiction counselor, even on a part time basis, is good for the community.
“I’m excited,” she said. “Having her here will be a good option for people.”
Patients needing medications must still get them through a medical doctor, or psychiatric nurse practitioner.
Northwest Human Services Center sends staff to Crosby once a month for clients needing medication management.