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Anne Carlson opens location in Minnesota to offer mental health services

The four newly hired mental health providers for the Anne Carlsen Center in Moorhead, Minn. are (from left) Will Pearson, Sally Tobin, Emily Coler-Hanson and Barb Stanton. Special to Forum News Service.

MOORHEAD, Minn. —- The Anne Carlsen Center, a North Dakota-based nonprofit, has expanded into Minnesota and opened a new location in Moorhead, a move that will add mental health services to its current menu of services for clients.

For 75 years, the nonprofit has provided services to individuals in North Dakota with developmental disability or delay. The organization also has a long-standing tradition of providing services to children in the state who have physical disabilities or are medically fragile.

Mental health services are new for Anne Carlsen. Although behavioral health services have been added for clients in recent years, Moorhead will, at least for now, be the only location with mental health services, according to Emily Coler-Hanson, a newly hired mental health therapist.

Four new team members, including Coler-Hanson, have been hired to provide mental health services with the goal to provide a greater continuum of care for clients. The team will be based in Moorhead and can serve clients from both Minnesota and North Dakota.

The mental health providers currently have immediate openings for therapy services and assessments for clients of all ages at the Moorhead location. Additionally, the organization offers a weekly coping skills group for kids each Thursday, as well as a summer camp for kids on the spectrum, Coler-Hanson said.

The community service provider also is exploring possibly expanding mental health services to its Jamestown, N.D., location, Anne Carlsen's main campus, Coler-Hanson said.

In addition to Moorhead and Jamestown, the nonprofit has locations throughout North Dakota in Bismarck, Fargo, Minot, Grand Forks, Devils Lake, Bottineau and Grafton.