$25 million expansion coming to Hazelden St. Paul campus

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The number of patients who will be able to seek outpatient treatment at Hazelden's St. Paul "Fellowship Club" campus will double following a major multi-million dollar expansion.
The Pioneer Press reports that Hazelden's Betty Ford Foundation plans a Thursday groundbreaking to its $25 million expansion project. It is expected to take two years to complete a new 55,000-square-foot building and the remodeling of an existing structure. The story said the campus is currently at maximum capacity. Hazelden's large residential campus is in Center City, Minnesota.

The St. Paul facility figures into "Broken: My story of Addiction and Recovery," the personal memoir penned by William Cope Moyers, son of famed journalist Bill Moyers. In 2000, the younger Moyers sought treatment for drug addiction at Hazelden and has since become vice president of public affairs at Hazelden Foundation.

"It was at Center City and then at Fellowship Club in St. Paul that I began to rebuild my life," he writes in the New York Times bestseller.

In a story published last month by Gannett newspapers, a group of 750 addiction professionals attending a California conference heard that merged treatment facilities may help more chemically dependent people to access treatment through the Affordable Care Act.

"Consolidation of treatment facilities — as seen last year in the merger of the Betty Ford Center and Hazelden into the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation — is also seen as a viable step toward getting the right care to the right people and improving the delivery system," the story said.

"The rate of chronic addiction has gone down dramatically since 1979… It's been by and large a pretty good story," he said. "Having said that, there's 22 million of us who have a chronic substance abuse problem and probably not much more than 3 million of us gained access to science-based treatment in a given year. That's the issue."

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