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Something Hopeful Is
About to Happen.

At Red River Behavioral Health System, we are here to get you, back to you. We offer a full continuum of quality psychiatric care and access to a team of board certified professionals who will work together to personalize a plan that fits your individual needs. A compassionate hand in a time of crisis, we are dedicated to giving hope and creating change you can experience in the everyday.

Because we know that getting back to the ordinary things is actually a pretty extraordinary thing.

About Us

We’re Red River Behavioral Health System. Your new partner in providing a full spectrum of care for children, adolescent, adult and geriatric patients in Grand Forks and the surrounding communities in North Dakota and Minnesota.

We’re led by a seasoned team with extensive experience, passion and a strong track record for providing quality psychiatric care. Each and every one of us is here to listen, here to care and here to help you, get back to you.

“We are thrilled about the prospects of providing much needed,
high-quality psychiatric services in Grand Forks with Red River
Behavioral Health System”

Fran Sauvageau
President and CEO of Meridian, the parent company of Red River.

Leadership Team

John Baker


John Baker, CEO. John is a seasoned behavioral healthcare leader, administrator and operator with more than 20 years of executive experience with a variety of leading behavioral health organizations including Universal Health Services. He was previously a psychiatric hospital CEO with Haven Behavioral Healthcare. John said his focus would be on creating a friendly environment for care. "We want to have friendly access to community, become a part of community," he said.

Dr. Bradford Frank

Medical Director

Dr. Bradford Frank, Medical Director. Dr. Frank is Board Certified in General, Addiction, and Geriatric Psychiatry. He is a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of North Dakota, School of Medicine and Health Sciences, and a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. Dr. Frank brings over 30 years of experience as both a clinician and administrator. Prior to RRBHS, he worked at the VA. Dr. Frank graduated from the University of Colorado with a B.A. in Chemistry and his M.D. degree. He also earned a Master of Public Health (MPH) from Yale, and an MBA from Northwestern's Kellogg School of Management.

Programs & Services

We provide a full spectrum of psychiatric care, offering acute inpatient programs for both mental illness and substance use. Our therapeutic and personalized approach helps bring you into a fuller sense of well-being, achieving emotional, physical and intellectual balance.

Mental Health

Red River provides inpatient stabilization for individuals experiencing a mental health crisis. Through individual and group therapy, our progressive and holistic approach provides a safe and structured environment for children, adolescents and adults to turn crisis into healing; restoring hope for the future.

Substance Use & Dual Diagnosis

Our inpatient program also provides highly supervised and medically monitored detoxification. During detox, our trained professionals will manage withdrawal symptoms associated with drug or alcohol abstinence while a licensed addiction professional addresses the disease of addiction.

“Our approach helps bring you into a fuller sense
of well-being, achieving emotional, physical and
intellectual balance.”

Red River Staff

What We Treat

We know life is full of ups, downs and the unpredictable. At times everyone could use some extra support. For many people, mental health concerns do not get better on their own and need medical treatment as any other health condition does. If you or someone you love is experiencing symptoms impacting their daily life, mental health or overall well-being, we would like you to know we are always here and ready to help. Here at Red River, our compassionate multi-disciplinary team uses current research to develop progressive treatment plans to stabilize and treat chronic and persistent mental health symptoms and conditions. We then work collaboratively with our community partners to develop comprehensive discharge plans designed to help individuals succeed in their home environment; with the appropriate supports in place.

Depressive Disorder/Depression

This disorder is not just temporary or situational sadness, but a persistent and pervasive feeling of: sadness or hopelessness that is often associated with weight loss (or gain), sleep disturbances, physical symptoms, disturbances of sexual function and feelings of guilt or self-blame, worthlessness, fatigue, loss of interest in life and/or usual activities.

Substance Use

This is a chronic disease. An individual who has developed the disease will have it for life. It is a progressive disease which causes physical, emotional and social problems. Left untreated chemical dependency can be fatal.

Dual Diagnosis

It is quite common for people to experience difficulties with both an emotional illness and drugs and/or alcohol. At Red River, we treat both conditions simultaneously. Treatment for chemical dependency involves group therapy, education about alcohol and drugs, exercise, proper nutrition, and participation in a 12-step based recovery program. We work together to empower patients to make positive life-changing choices and to enjoy life without relying on chemicals.

Psychotic Disorders (including Schizophrenia)

Psychotic Disorders are classified as severe mental disorders; often associated with abnormal thoughts and/or perceptions. Major symptoms of a psychotic disorder or psychotic episode including delusions (false beliefs) or hallucinations (false perceptions such as hearing, seeing, or feeling something that is not real).

Bipolar Disorder

Also known as manic-depressive illness, Bipolar Disorder is a mental illness involving episodes of serious mania and depression. The person's moods may swing from overly "high" (excessive spending, hypersexuality, rapid speech) and irritable to "low" (sad, hopeless, suicidal thoughts) and then back again, with periods of normal mood in between. Bipolar individuals may experience behavioral difficulties as consequences of these "highs" and "lows."

Anxiety Disorder

This is an illness that produces an intense, often unrealistic and excessive state of apprehension and fear. This may or may not occur during, or in anticipation of, a specific situation, and may be accompanied by a rise in blood pressure, increased heart rate, rapid breathing, nausea, and other signs of agitation or discomfort.

Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

A debilitating condition that often follows a terrifying or life-changing physical or emotional event. Experiencing these events may cause persistent or frightening thoughts, memories or flashbacks of the event which may interfere with everyday life. It is not uncommon for individuals with PTSD to feel emotionally or chronically numb.

Meridian Behavioral Health

Red River's Parent Company

Meridian Behavioral Health is one of the leading behavioral healthcare providers in the Upper Midwest. Combined with Red River, Meridian provides care to more than 10,000 patients annually across 21 campuses including inpatient/psychiatric, residential, outpatient and medication-assisted treatment. At a time when the region suffers from a shortage of behavioral healthcare services, Meridian continues to invest in new campuses and programs. To learn more, visit