Project Turnabout, Granite Falls, Minnesota

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Project Turnabout Overview

Project Turnabout is an addiction recovery center whose services offer real hope for a brighter future for people who are addicted to drugs, alcohol, and gambling. The treatment center was founded 48 years ago, in 1971, and began providing both inpatient and outpatient services in the abandoned sanitarium on the outskirts in Granite Falls, Minnesota. Over the years Project Turnabout developed into one of the most reputable treatment centers in the area and expanded by building and buying new facilities.
In 2000, a tornado hit and destroyed most of the building, and it took years to rebuild Project Turnabout. The recovery center treats men and women, adult and adolescent patients, provides family support and offers both inpatient and outpatient services.

Project Turnabout Housing

The main campus of Project Turnabout is located in Granite Falls. The facility contains 122 beds, and it’s surrounded by truly breathtaking scenery. The main campus has different facilities such as:

  • Men’s Center for Alcohol and Drug Recovery – two, 20-bed facilities, short stay (28-45 days)
  • Men’s Center for Alcohol and Drug Recovery – 20-bed facility, long stay (45-120+ days)
  • Women’s Center for Alcohol and Drug Recovery – 27-bed facility, short and long stay (28-120+ days)
  • Vanguard Center for Gambling Recovery – 20-bed facility, co-ed program, 30 days

The main campus is comfortable with an oak wood interior that creates a homey atmosphere. Bedrooms house two or three patients, but there’s also a lounge area for community activities. Project Turnabout also includes residential facilities at different locations including Earl’s Place (men’s sober living home) and Cheri’s Place (women’s sober living home).

Project Turnabout Treatment Options

As mentioned above Project Turnabout provides both inpatient and outpatient services. The treatment center also offers detoxification which is performed in a nine-bed facility which serves patients from a 10-county region primarily. That being said, patients from other counties in the state can also use this service.
Treatment programs created by Project Turnabout include the following:

  • Continuing care – embraces an individualized care approach where patients participate in group therapy sessions, lectures, individual counseling, family education, and 12-step support groups
  • Family program – provides valuable education on alcohol, drug, and gambling addictions for family members of patients
  • Men’s inpatient – starts with a strong, realistic treatment plan for men ages 18 or older. The length of the treatment can be short-term (28-45 days) or long-term (45-120 days). This treatment program is all about nurturing health, balancing relationships with oneself and loved ones
    Men’s transitional living – halfway house located in Marshall, Minnesota, a supportive place for those in the early recovery. Program participation ranges from 60 to 180 days and includes group therapy, lectures, 12-step support groups, spirituality groups, and family groups
  • Outpatient – designed to embrace a person-centered approach and it involves weekly treatment planning and individual counseling sessions, 12-step recovery, particularly focuses on steps 1-5
  • Women’s inpatient – offers opportunities for women to develop the tools necessary to begin the recovery process. Like men’s inpatient program this one can also be long-term or short-term

Project Turnabout Therapies Provided

Therapy is a crucial aspect of addiction recovery. During therapy sessions, patients have the liberty to express their thoughts and problems in a safe environment where they will not be judged. Supportive environment motivates patients to work on themselves and achieve recovery they deserve. Therapies provided by Project Turnabout include:

  • Individual therapy
  • Group therapy
  • Family therapy
  • Motivational interviewing
  • Cognitive behavioral therapy

Project Turnabout Payment Options

Costs of the treatment programs at Project Turnabout aren’t provided on the website due to the fact they are customized to meet unique needs of different patients. The treatment center made sure all patients get the help they need regardless of their ability to pay; they work closely with each patient to review all payment options that may be available to ensure they are able to receive treatment. Payment options include private pay, insurance, state coverage, or a combination of different approaches. Project Turnabout is a licensed provider for the State of Minnesota, a preferred provider for BlueCross/BlueShield of Minnesota and also an Essential Community Provider.

Project Turnabout Licenses

The treatment center is accredited by CARF (Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities), an international nonprofit organization which only issues its certificates to hospitals and other facilities that provide an exceptional level of care. The fact that Project Turnabout is CARF accredited means the leadership team and staff members offer a well-structured treatment program enriched with various services focused on patients and their family members for a successful recovery.

Project Turnabout Amenities

Clients and their loved ones can benefit a lot from Project Turnabout treatment programs thanks to various amenities that come with their services. Some amenities include:

  • Professional on-site mental health services
  • Family program
  • Affordable care
  • Personalized care
  • 12-step program
  • Psychoeducation
  • Mindfulness
  • Family programming
  • Education

Project Turnabout Staff

The treatment center employs educated staff who uses their knowledge and expertise to treat patients and help them during the recovery process and beyond. Client-to-staff ratio is seven to one. The official website does not provide the names of all staff members, just the leadership team. Their biographies aren’t revealed. The leadership team includes:

  • Mike Schiks – executive director
  • Jackie Thielen – director of finance
  • Marti Paulson – senior director of external relations
  • Rick Forde – treatment director of Marshall residential/outpatient programs
  • Lois Schmidt – director of development
  • Mary Ellen Connolly – senior outreach associate
  • Cliff Nystrom – human resource manager
  • Tanya Friese – manager of holistic treatment services
  • Martha Hawkins – manager of residential treatment
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  • Cindy Meyer
    I was brought to your site because my daughter, April Askey was referred to your facility thru Pineview recovery in Koochiching County. It is my understanding that a bed is available to her and they are checking payment options to be able to get her there. Our hopes is today (4/4) because the sooner the better. We are so afraid of losing her. Our hopes also is not the 30 day stay, “I feel better so now I can go home” solution. We, as a family meaning her mom, dad, her daughter and son which we are raising, and her two sisters and one brother to continue on and reap the full benefits of what this “Wonderful” program has to offer. We would like nothing more than to have her back into our lives. We are a close family and will be her support thru this whole process. I want to…WE want to take this time to thank you for your service(s) and thank you for taking her on. We pray that she is safely with you by todays end. God Bless
  • Shelby W
    The staff at Project Turnabout and the Vanguard Gambling Addiction Recovery program, are what makes it successful. You have to have the desire to get better. The director of Vanguard, the counselors, the project turnabout entire campus staff, they TRULY care. It’s working for me for almost a year. Project Turnabout and Vanguard, saved my life!
660 18th Street
Granite Falls, MN, 56241