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Facility changes in the works at county government building

A county-owned building in northwest Fergus Falls, formerly used as the state-run Addiction Recovery Center, will have a new occupant this fall. Moving into the facility will be Wisconsin-based Clinicare, which will provide psychiatric services t...

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There will be a new occupant this fall at the county-owned addiction recovery building in northwest Fergus Falls. Tom Hintgen/Otter Tail County Correspondent.

A county-owned building in northwest Fergus Falls, formerly used as the state-run Addiction Recovery Center, will have a new occupant this fall.

Moving into the facility will be Wisconsin-based Clinicare, which will provide psychiatric services to children and adolescents up to 21 years of age.

Addiction recovery services will move into what was formerly Catholic Charities, also in northwest Fergus Falls.

Clinicare will have approximately 70 employees at the 42-bed facility serving the children. About 35 employees will work at the Addiction Recovery Center (formerly Catholic Charities) which will have 16 beds.

The county board of commissioners, on June 26, approved tax abatement in connection with acquisition and renovation of the Catholic Charities building, still owned by the Diocese of St. Cloud but no longer used for youth services as a non-profit center.

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Otter Tail County built the Addiction Recovery Center north of the Bigwood Event Center and post office, and leased the facility to the state of Minnesota. Both the state and Wisconsin-based Clinicare will help the county meet its bond obligations.

If Clinicare ceases operations, at the facility north of the Bigwood Center, the state of Minnesota will assume any outstanding rent payments between 2018 and 2023.

Construction of the Addiction Recovery Center became necessary after the closing of the Fergus Falls Regional Treatment Center.

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