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Outpatient treatment clinic to open in East Grand Forks, bringing owner back to her roots

Beth’s Place is tentatively scheduled to open in early September. Kasowski has a location in mind, along Gateway Drive Northeast, and is working on securing the necessary approvals required to turn the building into a treatment center.

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Cassie Kasowski, CEO of Beth's Place, will) open a location of her outpatient treatment center in East Grand Forks, where she is from. Her first location is in Moorhead, Minn., where she now lives. (submitted photo

An East Grand Forks native will soon head back to her hometown to open an addiction and mental health facility, the idea of which was born from a personal loss.

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Cassie Kasowski is the treatment director, clinical supervisor, and CEO of Beth's Place, a nonresidential outpatient clinic in Moorhead, Minn. Kasowski started the clinic in 2018, after her mother died while battling addiction. The loss pushed her to open her own practice, named after her mother. After the clinic experienced rapid growth in Moorhead, Kasowski knew it was time to expand. She looked at a few different communities, but ultimately decided to open a branch of her patient-centered clinic in the city where she grew up.

And for Kasowski, her goals are clear: “I just want to prevent one less family from going through what my family went through,” she said. “That is what I have chosen to do with my pain.”

Beth’s Place is tentatively scheduled to open in early September. Kasowski has a location in mind, along Gateway Drive Northeast, and is working on securing the necessary approvals required to turn the building into a treatment center.

Once open, Beth’s Place will serve adult patients through either group or individual sessions, guided by the patients themselves, a practice Kasowski says gives people a stake in their outcomes. Once patients have been assessed, they will be referred to the appropriate in-house program, or even to a residential service elsewhere in the community. Services at the new facility will range from partial hospitalization, with 15 hours per week of programming, to two hours per week of relapse prevention programming. Addiction services will include driving under the influence seminars, peer recovery and 12-step programs, among others.

“Every week the group decides along with the clinician what topic they would like to focus on the following week,” said Kasowski. “This encourages the patient to take charge of their mental health and substance abuse.”

Kasowski said the idea of Beth’s Place is to practice “full, wrap-around care” that seeks to treat people from a variety of angles, but all focused on the patient. That includes compliance with probation or legal services, and help with securing housing and employment, in addition to treatment of mental health or addiction issues.

“My mother suffered, and I found the suffering to be counterintuitive of so many models of care,” said Kasowski. “I wanted to create a model that encompassed the entire person, not just their substance use, not just their mental health, not just their active legal case, (but) the entire person.”

In order to be able to accept insurance, Kasowski worked to have Beth’s Place become licensed by both North Dakota and Minnesota, a lengthy and rigorous process which took more than a year. Securing that license, she said, was crucial. Accepting insurance not only means an expanded pool of patients, but peace of mind for family members, knowing that they are being cared for by a professional at a licensed facility. Though difficult, she wasn’t daunted by the process.

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“I never looked at it as a project, I looked at it as the next right thing to do,” Kasowski said.

And the need for additional facilities is great. Throughout the pandemic, Beth’s Place in Moorhead served more than 2,900 patients, a 3,000% increase from previous years. The Greater Grand Forks region, she said, should be no different.

To offer the clinic’s services she needs staff, and hiring has gone well in the region. Unlike the Fargo/Moorhead area, where competition for licensed clinicians is much more fierce -- she had a position advertised there for six months with no applicants -- she has hired a clinical director for the East Grand Forks location, support staff and two clinicians. That number could grow when the facility has become more established.

In tandem with Beth’s Place, Kasowski hopes to open what she calls an “I Love You House” in East Grand Forks as well. It’s a transitional housing program for women with children, who have completed treatment, and are having difficulty securing housing on their own. She said her practice is just “dipping our toes” into that program right now -- it can accommodate two women with children -- and is only open in Moorhead. Eventually, she hopes to have a similar program in each community where a Beth's Place is open.

Like Beth’s Place, the name of the "I Love You House" reflects Kasowski’s loss of her mother.

“The last card she sent me was from treatment, and all that it said on there was ‘I love you,’ so that's where the name came from,” Kasowski said.

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