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Betty Ford Center, Hazelden Foundation Pursue Possible Alliance
Date:6/4/2013

CENTER CITY, Minn., June 4, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Hazelden Foundation and Betty Ford Center, leaders in addiction treatment, are pursuing a formal alliance.

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Both Hazelden and Betty Ford offer intensive treatment programs for persons addicted to alcohol and/or other drugs.

The boards of both institutions have approved in principle the concept of a formal alliance between the widely-respected institutions.

According to Hazelden's Board of Trustees Chair Judge Susan Fox Gillis , the 2014 full implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is one of the principle drivers of the affiliation conversations.

Judge Gillis says the ACA presents the treatment field with both challenges and opportunities.

"The good news is that many more Americans who desperately need help will be eligible to receive quality treatment for their addiction to alcohol or other drugs," she says.  "The challenge will be to pay for that expanded coverage and service.  At this stage it appears that institutionally, only the strong will survive and thrive.  Both Betty Ford and Hazelden are recognized as industry leaders, but the fact is we'd be even stronger if we collaborated on a formal basis."

Betty Ford Center Board of Directors Chair Dr. Mary Pattiz says Hazelden and Betty Ford are natural partners.

"We've been as one since day one," she says. "Before Betty Ford Center opened its doors in October, 1982, we looked to Hazelden.  Our co-founders, First Lady Betty Ford and Ambassador Leonard Firestone , studied what's still referred to as `the Hazelden model.'  It was and
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