Year in Review 2014

Vinland’s fiscal year 2014 (October 1, 2013 – September 30, 2014) was another successful year for Vinland Center. Vinland was able to expand programming thanks to building and office expansions at our main campus and outpatient location. Specifically, Vinland expanded mental health services and complementary care services, such as therapeutic exercise and yoga.

Our 2014 annual report will be published later this month. If you would like to receive a copy, join our mailing list.

2014 Program Highlights

For the third year in a row, Vinland Center was named to Star Tribune’s Top 100 Workplaces, ranking 11 on the small business list.

Total money raised for the 2014 Winter Walkabout was more than $50,000.

186 quilts were donated to Vinland from a variety of local individuals, groups, and organizations.

Vinland served individuals from:


People Served by Program


1 / Residential Chemical Health 459
2 / Outpatient Chemical Health 117
3 / Phoenix Pain Program* 104*
4 / Mental Health Clinic 268
5 / Supportive Housing 35
Total Number of Clients Served 983
*Vinland provides contracted chemical health services at Courage Kinney Rehabilitation Institute’s Phoenix Pain Program (Golden Valley)
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Celebrating 25 Years

Letter from Executive Director

In the late 1980s, Marty Cushing was hired as Executive Director to diversify Vinland’s programs. At that time, Vinland was only providing recreation therapy for individuals with disabilities. In 1988, the Employment Program was created to serve injured workers. In 1989, Greg Jones was hired to make the case for an unmet need, inspire a vision for meeting it with a new and innovative approach, and build the program design and administrative structure to make it successful.

The outcome showed there was a great need for specialized services, like substance use disorder treatment for people with traumatic brain injuries. That need continues to exist today.

Vinland began providing substance use disorder treatment for people with traumatic brain injuries in 1990. Throughout the years, we have built a strong reputation for providing successful outcomes for clients that other programs have not been able to help. Vinland’s program is specifically designed for people with special needs and unique learning styles.


Today, we still provide services for people with brain injuries and other cognitive impairments. In addition, our clients often have additional disabilities such as mental illness, learning, developmental, physical, hearing, speech and/or functional illiteracy. More than half of our clients have two or more disabilities.

In 1990, we served 50 people in the residential chemical health program. In 2014, we served 459 people in the residential program and 117 in the outpatient program. Over the past 25 years, we have served over 5,800 people, and we will continue to provide services that help our clients obtain “full lives for people with disabilities”.

Mary Roehl
Executive Director

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Vinland’s Individualized Treatment Helps Those with Cognitive Disabilities Reach Sobriety

MinnPost has published a great feature article about Vinland Center in the online newspaper’s Mental Health & Addiction column. To read the article and to learn more about Vinland’s approach to drug and alcohol treatment for adults with cognitive impairments, click here.


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Chemical Health Webinar

Webinar IconVinland is pleased to announce the next webinar in our chemical health webinar series. The series offers valuable information on chemical health services for individuals living with cognitive disabilities. The free webinars are held quarterly, with recordings available for viewing on our website here.

Registration is currently open for the next webinar in the series. Registered attendees will receive 1 CEU credit.

Substance Abuse Treatment for Women with Cognitive Disabilities
Presented by Farrel Braunstein, MS, LADC, BCCR, CBIS, Chemical Health Case Manager at Vinland Center
When: Thursday, April 16, 2015
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Cost: FREE
Register: Click Here
Overview: Vinland specializes in serving individuals with substance abuse issues, mental health issues, and cognitive impairments. During this presentation, you will learn about specific challenges inherent in our client population, as well as practical interventions that may be used when treating clients with multiple issues and clinical needs. You will gain a deeper understanding and appreciation for their unique situation.
  • Increase awareness, knowledge, and ability to work with cognitively impaired clients that goes beyond the traditional treatment interventions and methodology.
  • Learn practical tools to use with cognitively impaired clients.
  • Understand synergistic effect of addiction, mental health issues, physical disabilities, and intellectual disabilities.
Speaker: Farrel Braunstein has been involved in the field of addiction treatment for more than 35 years and is currently a case manager at Vinland National Center. She works directly with female clients who suffer from addiction issues, mental health challenges, physical disabilities, and cognitive issues, in combination or alone. She holds Master’s Degree in Education, is a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor, and is a Certified Brain Injury Specialist with the Brain Injury Association of America. Farrel has presented workshops and lectures on various topics throughout her career including addiction, group therapy, co- occurring disorders, trauma informed services, cognitive disabilities, continuing care needs and relapse prevention.
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Brain Injury & Addiction

shattered headA brain injury can happen anytime, anywhere to anyone. Brain injuries do not discriminate. An injury that happens in an instant can cause a lifetime of physical, cognitive and behavior challenges. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that at least 5.3 million Americans currently have a long-term need for help to perform activities of daily living as the result of a traumatic brain injury (TBI).

Mixing Alcohol and Drugs with a Brain Injury

There are many reasons why using drugs and alcohol after a brain injury is not recommended. Here are a few of the key reasons:

  • Alcohol and other drugs impair a brain’s ability to heal after an injury, slowing recovery.
  • Brain injuries cause problems with balance, walking, or talking that get worse when a person uses alcohol or other drugs.
  • Brain injuries cause problems with concentration and memory, and using alcohol or other drugs makes these problems worse.
  • After a brain injury, drinking alcohol or using other drugs can cause a seizure.
  • People who have had a brain injury are more likely to have times that they feel low or depressed, and drinking alcohol and abusing drugs makes this worse.

Brain Injury and Addiction

One out of two people living with a brain injury suffers from some form of substance abuse issue, according to the Office on Disability.

Unfortunately, brain injury and drugs and alcohol often go hand in hand. People who abuse drugs and alcohol have a higher incidence of sustaining a brain injury — from falling or driving while intoxicated, for example. And the effects of alcohol and drugs only get worse for people after a brain injury.

After sustaining a brain injury, many people experience devastating physical, emotional, and behavioral changes. People with brain injuries often struggle with depression, poor impulse control, and short-term memory problems, which are just a few of the reasons for the increased incidence of substance abuse among this population.

Finding Treatment

Too often, people living with brain injuries are not successful in conventional drug and alcohol treatment programs because the programs do not accommodate their cognitive deficits and learning styles. Treatment programs that are familiar with the common behaviors associated with brain injuries offer the most successful treatment outcomes for individuals living with a brain injury and a substance abuse issue.

Since 1990, Vinland Center has met the complex needs of individuals with disabilities seeking treatment for drug and alcohol abuse. We are well-known for our specialized and highly-successful treatment model tailored to adults with cognitive impairments, including brain injuries.

March is Brain Injury Awareness Month

Every year, March is nationally recognized as Brain Injury Awareness Month. You can find a variety of resources online.
Brain Injury Alliance of Minnesota
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Traumatic Brain Injury
CDC Heads Up
Brain Injury Association of America

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Winter Walkabout a Success

Thank you for making the 6th annual Winter Walkabout a success! Thanks to the support of sponsors, raffle donors, fundraisers, and attendees, we raised over $43,000!

Thank You Sponsors!

Platinumn Sponsors

Bremer Bank
Kraus Anderson
New Horizon

Gold Sponsors

Operation Round-Up
Restart, Inc
Robert S. Starr Foundation

Silver Sponsors

Advanced Imaging Solutions
Larkin Hoffman Attorneys
Visions Inc.

Bronze Sponsors

Eason & Robyn Huntley
Hanratty & Associates
Hanson Auto Service
Medina Electric
Midwest Sound
Minnesota Brain Injury Alliance
Minnesota Recovery Connection
Steve Rummler Hope Foundation
Torké Coffee

Still Time to Donate

If you were unable to attend the Winter Walkabout, you can still support Vinland Center with a financial donation! Look for this orange button on the Walkabout’s CrowdRise page.





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Meet Our Intern Julia

Julia Ziegler is a marketing intern at Vinland’s residential facility. She is currently earning a degree is Business Marketing from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. Her expected graduation date is May 2015.


Why are you interested in your field of study?
I didn’t exactly know what career path I wanted to take when I entered college, and I figured business was a broad area to go into.  After taking some classes it morphed into specializing in marketing.

Why were you interested in an internship at Vinland?
I tend to be drawn to non-profit organizations, and I love the atmosphere of Vinland out in Loretto. It’s a change from Minneapolis.

What are your goals after graduation?
I’m relocating to the East Coast and I hope to find a job I love.

What do you like to do in your spare time?
I love to be with family and friends, read good books, and relax at the lake.

Where did you last go on vacation?

Where do you most want to travel, but have never been?
Bali, Indonesia

What is your favorite TV show, movie, or book?
TV show: F.R.I.E.N.D.S
Movies: Harry Potter, Under the Tuscan Sun
Books: The Help

If you were immortal for a day, what would you do?
Swim underwater in the ocean, exploring all the depths of it

What is your favorite quote?
“There are some things money just can’t buy, like manners, morals, and integrity.”

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