Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch, Western Plains, is a 16-bed facility located in Bismarck, N.D. This facility provides treatment programs for boys and girls in grades 9 through 12. Western Plains offers psychiatric residential treatment for emotional and behavioral issues; substance abuse issues; issues related to physical; sexual, and emotional abuse; attention difficulties; autistic spectrum disorders; sexual responsibility issues; and academic difficulties. Youth receive in-depth individual and group therapy and their families are integrated into treatment through family therapy. DBGR, Western Plains seeks to provide a spiritual foundation for each resident on a voluntary basis in a Christian atmosphere.
Independent living services also are available at Western Plains for those youth who are transitioning to independence. These residents are encouraged to learn time- and money-management, be responsible for school, seek part-time employment, become health conscious and medication responsible, keep up their living space, assist with meal preparations, keep up with their laundry and assist with the general upkeep of the facility. The residents are encouraged to be involved in the community to practice skills they have learned.
Dakota Memorial School-Bismarck is an on-campus school that provides education services to students in grades 9-12 who reside in the Western Plains Residential Treatment facility. They also offer Day School for community residents referred to the school. Students can earn high school credits and diplomas.