We provide life-changing help and guidance in two important areas: drug and alcohol treatment and community corrections programs.

Drug and alcohol treatment

Residential treatment for men and women

The Bethel Port Rehabilitation Program helps chemically dependent men and women start and then make progress on a healthy path to sobriety. The Bethel building is a halfway house home, a chemical-free environment offering two distinct programs based on clients’ needs. Our Short-Term Program includes vocational planning and efforts to secure employment. Our Extended-Care Program is designed for individuals needing more structured treatment, with an emphasis on relapse prevention. Both programs are managed by exceptional teams of counselors dedicated to their clients’ success. Through guidance, supervision and counseling, clients adjust to independent living in a supportive environment while also setting realistic goals and priorities for their futures. Details for our residential chemical dependency treatment programs include: 

  • Established in 1971

  • Licensed under Minnesota Rule 31

  • Halfway house and extended-care services

  • Separate residential accommodations for men (32 beds) and women (12 beds)

  • Individual counseling as well as men’s and women’s group therapy sessions

  • Life-skills coaching

  • Job-skills coaching

  • Centrally located in Duluth

  • Referrals and funding available through Minnesota Rule 25

Outpatient counseling for men and women

The Bethel Outpatient Center provides chemical dependency services to help men and women 18 and older overcome addictions of all kinds. Our program provides a wide variety of services for men and women outside of a residential environment. Group therapy, counseling and other supportive services help those struggling with drug and alcohol abuse overcome addiction and rebuild their lives while continuing to live at home and, in many cases, work. Details of our outpatient programs include:

  • Established in 1984

  • Licensed under Minnesota Rule 31

  • Separate men’s and women’s groups

  • Flexible programming designed to meet clients’ family needs and work schedules

  • Intake, assessment and individual treatment planning

  • Group therapy as well as individual counseling

  • Drug and alcohol education

  • Men’s and women’s aftercare programming

  • Men’s and women’s anger groups

  • Underage consumption classes (for those ages 18 to 21)

  • Urinalysis drug testing

  • Referrals and funding available through Minnesota Rule 25


Community corrections

Men’s work release

Work release serves as a bridge between life in prison and life back in the community. Bethel clients in work release focus on transition, including finding and keeping jobs, reconnecting with family members and becoming productive members of the community once again. We help them learn and refine living skills such as shopping for groceries, using public transportation and managing personal finances–all while supported by Bethel staff. Work release is a chance for self improvement in a safe and caring environment that builds skills that clients can more easily sustain upon release. Details of our men’s program include:

  • Classified as a minimum-security adult detention center

  • Serves clients from local jails, the Minnesota Department of Corrections and the Federal Bureau of Prisons, including Huber Law referrals

  • Residential accommodations for up to 45 men

  • Referrals as needed to community services for chemical dependency and abuse

Women’s work release

Our women’s program provides services similar to those of the men’s program. The program also functions as the Female Offender Program for Arrowhead Regional Corrections and is the only program of its kind in our region. It provides support and instruction specifically designed for women, helping them learn necessary skills to develop a healthy, rewarding life while staying connected with their families and jobs. Our curriculum focuses on improving self-image, socialization training, anger management, parenting issues and sexual abuse treatment and education. Details of our women’s program include:

  • Classified as a minimum-security adult detention center

  • Serves clients from local jails, the Minnesota Department of Corrections and the Federal Bureau of Prisons, including Huber Law referrals

  • Residential accommodations for up to 15 women

  • Referrals as needed to community services for chemical dependency and abuse

Electronic monitoring

The Bethel Community Watch electronic monitoring program gives qualifying offenders the chance to continue working and maintaining their family lives while serving their sentences outside of prison. Using state-of-the-art electronic technology, the program ensures that offenders abide by terms of house arrest and electronic monitoring 24 hours a day. The program is flexible, setting curfews that range from home confinement to release for work, treatment, support groups, medical appointments or other court-approved activity. The offender wears an ankle bracelet that continuously tracks his or her location and emits an electronic signal tracked through telephone lines. If the offender strays beyond the court-ordered radius of the receiver, the signal stops, prompting a parole officer or other monitoring agent to investigate. A violation can result in more significant punishment.