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Prairie St. John's

510 4th St. South, Fargo, North Dakota, 58103
The mission of Prairie St. John’s is to provide adult men and women with hope and healing from mental illness and addiction. Based in Fargo, ND, the rehab offers a comprehensive range of treatment services, from detox and residential care to intensive outpatient and partial hospitalization services. The facility is 12-Step based and teaches the disease model of addiction, which asserts that substance abuse is a clinical condition rather than a moral failing. By giving clients access to healthy support, as well as the tools to manage their symptoms, Prairie St. John's offers treatment that can keep participants sober for life.

Facility Highlights

  • PsychoEduation Group
  • Chemical Dependency Education
  • Family Education


  • Intensive Outpatient (IOP)

    Patients who undergo intensive outpatient treatment continue to live at home and sometimes go to school or work while participating in a highly structured treatment protocol that is focused on ending substance abuse. Programs vary in terms of how much treatment patients receive, how often and for how long. Some facilities design individualized intensive outpatient treatment programs.
  • Residential Treatment

    Residential treatment programs provide housing (food and meals) in addition to treatment for substance abuse. Some facilities offer only short-term residential treatment, some offer only long-term treatment and others offer both, ranging from a few days to many months, based on patient needs.

Facility Settings

  • Average Location/Amenities

Meet the Staff

  • Greg LaFrancois
    Greg LaFrancoisChief Executive Officer
    Greg brings many years of healthcare executive, financial, and operations experience in the private and military sectors to Prairie St. John’s. Greg has received a MHA and CPA, and is a board certified Fellow with the American College of Healthcare Executives, all of which support his long-standing commitment to community involvement, and service excellence.
  • Eduardo E. Meza, M.D., M.B.A., F.A.P.A.
    Eduardo E. Meza, M.D., M.B.A., F.A.P.A.Medical Director
    In the treatment of psychiatric conditions and addictions, Dr. Meza consistently integrates the best available research evidence, his clinical expertise, and the values and preferences of patients and families. Patients and families are active participants in their treatment plan.

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Located in Fargo, ND, Prairie St. John’s is one of the 2 (2.8 percent) of North Dakota treatment facilities to offer inpatient care. The center also offers outpatient care to children and adults who are struggling with substance abuse and mental health disorders. It is also one of the 28 (39.4 percent) of North Dakota treatment centers that provides care to individual with co-occurring disorders.

Residential, outpatient, and partial hospitalization treatment options are all available. According to the facility’s website, most residents hail from Fargo and Moorhead, MN, however it also serves clients from throughout Minnesota, North Dakota, and other states. Medically monitored detox is available on-site.


According to Prairie St. John's website, clients undergo an assessment upon admission to determine the most appropriate level of care.Treatment is based on the disease model of addiction.

Residential clients attend regular 12-Step Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and Narcotics Anonymous (NA) meetings, and participate in group and individual therapy. Programming also includes development of key recovery skills such as emotional functioning, family dynamics, personal responsibility, work/school reintegration, and relapse prevention. The average stay in the residential program is around 12 to 13 days.

The partial hospitalization program (PHP) runs Monday through Friday during daytime hours and offers the same intensive treatment as the residential program, without requiring an overnight stay. There’s also an intensive outpatient program (IOP) that meets for three hours in the evenings four days per week, as well as a less intensive outpatient option that meets once or twice per week for ongoing care and maintenance.


The treatment team includes board-certified child, adolescent, and adult psychiatrists, master’s level therapists, registered and licensed nurses, occupational and recreational therapists, licensed addiction counselors, and behavioral health technicians.

The treatment center is one of the 7 (9.9 percent) of North Dakota treatment facilities that is accredited by The Joint Commission.


The facility has 110 beds. Otherwise, there is currently limited information on Prairie St. John’s website regarding its living arrangements and related offerings.

The 17 people polled by Rehabs.com to date gave an average ratings for accommodations and amenities.

3.4/5 stars


The 16 alumni polled by Rehabs.com to date gave mixed feedback. The five alumni who were polled on whether they would recommend treatment at St. John’s gave mixed responses.

Would Recommend: 4/5 stars
Holistic Offerings: 2.2/5 stars
Counseling Options: 2.4/5 stars

All former clients who were pleased with their stay described compassionate and dedicated staff." Local, caring, dedicated staff. Good curriculum/program. Overworked staff, too few doctors, small space. Recommended," one alum wrote.

The negative reviews made note of these same issues, and also called out a facility in need of renovations, as well as a lack of holistic activities. “Too big a operation, not enough staff to take care of everyone's needs,” an alum wrote.

To date, the three people to leave Google Reviews all gave one out of five stars and negative commentary. "No! Just no! That sums it up," Jordan wrote on Google representatively. [1]


The four loved ones surveyed by Rehabs.com at the time of this writing also gave mixed feedback.

The most positive review of the four awarded the facility four and five stars in most categories. “They were able to diagnosis my son almost immediately,” the reviewer wrote. “They work great with the kids and make them feel at ease in a tough situation. However, there was not enough time dedicated to school work.”

A more critical reviewer praised the staff, but noted the facility was expensive.

Would Recommend: 3.5/5


While there is currently no information provided on the facility's website regarding its costs, Prairie St. John’s is an approved provider for most major insurances. In addition, Prairie St. John’s accepts personal payment for services from individuals who either do not have insurance or do not want to use their insurance. A financial counselor will meet with clients to determine funding options.

[1] GoogleReviews

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