PATH ND and Nexus have affiliated to provide a greater continuum of treatment services to North Dakota youth and families. Under the affiliation agreement, PATH Idaho operations have also become part of the Nexus family to provide more foster care, adoption, and home-based care to Idaho youth and families. PATH Idaho operates as part of PATH ND, and provides treatment foster care to Idaho youth and families.
Both organizations are financially sound and provide a range of services that strengthen youth, families, and communities. PATH ND has a 23-year history in the state and employs nearly 130 staff and more than 650 treatment foster parents across North Dakota through offices in Bismarck, Grand Forks, Devils Lake, Jamestown, Dickinson, Minot, Fargo, Williston, and Turtle Mountain.
Nexus, a national 501(c)(3) nonprofit, has a 45-year history of providing a continuum of mental health and behavioral services that range from in-home counseling to foster care and adoption to residential and inpatient care. The nonprofit has sites and affiliates in Minnesota, Illinois, Maryland, and now, in North Dakota and Idaho.
Nexus added foster care to its continuum in October 2010, and operates Kindred Family Focus foster care and adoption services in Minnesota and Woodbourne Treatment Foster Care in Baltimore, MD. Nexus has been serving North Dakota youth with residential and foster care services for the past 15 years. The affiliation with PATH will now allow those services to be provided in-state.
Dr. William Metcalfe, PATH ND CEO, said, “This new partnership will strengthen and expand the programs that PATH and Nexus provide to North Dakota children and families. I first reached out to Nexus because of their commitment to the long-term success of youth and families and their reputation for achieving that success for children and their families. Metcalfe will continue as CEO of PATH ND for approximately 1 year, and then will transition to Nexus Executive Director of Community-Based Services.
PATH ND and Nexus share common missions, values, dedication, and a history and commitment to serving children and families. PATH ND provides treatment foster care in North Dakota and Idaho, family support, Wrap around case management, independent living, adults adopting special kids, and family and individual resolution-focused services and treatment.
Nexus CEO, Brock Wolff, said, “The affiliation between PATH ND and Nexus will not only help North Dakota youth and foster families through expanded services and resources, but it will also be an economic driver for North Dakota. The demand for an expanded continuum of care in North Dakota and Idaho will spur additional growth in the care of youth and their families. This growth will lead to the addition of jobs in direct care staff and foster parents.”
The number of North Dakota children in foster care has steadily risen since 2011 (908 youth in foster care in 2011, compared to 1,340 youth in care in 2015, an increase of 33%) and the State of North Dakota has identified a need for an expanded continuum of clinical services for children and families as they move between levels of care (foster care to residential care, residential care to foster care to outpatient services). The need is especially great for hard-to-place youth who have medical and behavioral issues, as well as older youth, sibling groups, and Native American youth.
The affiliation between PATH ND and Nexus is a logical partnering that creates a larger in-state provider to meet the growing need for foster care, builds on the strong foundation of community services provided by both companies, and adds to the continuum of care.