From the September 1972 magazine.

About Alcoholism - Alcoholism Information, Research and Treatment

Deaf Alcoholics Offered Aid

ST. PETER, MINN.--An alcoholism treatment program for deaf alcoholics, the first of its kind in the U.S., has begun operating at St. Peter State Hospital, through the joint efforts of the hospital and the Minnesota Division of Vocational Rehabilitation. The program, which involves an interpreter living at the hospital and working in all phases of the program, is part of a cooperative vocational-rehabilitation project established there.

Richard T. Steimke, supervisor of the project, estimates that there are about 300 deaf alcoholics throughout Minnesota who would be eligible. During the first six weeks, two persons were treated. Hospital administrator William C. Lightburn said St. Peter would accept deaf alcoholics from outside its 10-county receiving area for participation in the program. Lightburn and Dr. B. P. Grimes, medical director at the hospital, are interested in expanding the program through a Federal grant to extend alcoholism treatment services to deaf persons on a statewide and possibly a nationwide basis.

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