Focus XII

Located in St. Cloud, Focus XII Residential is medium intensity, abstinence-based program that serves men 18 and older who are chemically dependent and have recently completed a licensed chemical dependency treatment program. This program is licensed through both the Minnesota Department of Human Services and Department of Health.  With 24-hour staff coverage, this program provides a positive, structured living environment which serves as a transition from the highly structured treatment facility to independent community living while receiving 15 hours of substance use disorder treatment programming per week.

Our treatment model is based on:

~ Cognitive behavioral therapy
~ Rational emotive behavioral therapy

~ Personal resiliency therapy
~ 12-step model of Alcoholic Anonymous/Narcotics Anonymous (encouraged but not required)

We are licensed through both the Minnesota Department of Human Services and Department of Health and serve residents of Stearns, Benton, Wright and Sherburne counties, as well as other counties by contract.

Contact Information:

Phone: 320.252.2425

Fax: 320.529.1976

Meet Our Providers


Leah Holzem – BA, LADC Supervisor

Leah completed the master’s certificate program for chemical dependency with St. Cloud State University; where she had also completed her bachelor’s degree in criminal justice studies. Leah holds a licensure in alcohol and drug counseling with the State of Minnesota. Prior to joining Central Minnesota Mental Health Center in 2014, Leah worked at a Methadone Maintenance Treatment (MMT) program in Minnesota. She served as  Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LADC) with Focus XII for five years prior to becoming the Program Director in 2019. Leah is currently involved with CMMHC’s Wellness Committee and Management Team. In addition, she is a participant in the Recovery Community Network and Mid-Minnesota Transition Coalition. Leah’s areas of expertise include: medically assisted treatment, motivational interviewing, client-centered treatment, and 12 step modalities.

Melissa Valentine – BS, LADC

Melissa completed her bachelor’s degree in community psychology from St. Cloud State University. She is a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor. Prior to joining the CMMHC team in 2012, Melissa worked in residential and outpatient CD treatment placements. Her areas of expertise are adult and adolescent chemical health assessments, drug and alcohol education classes, outpatient and residential programming and detoxification services.


Danielle Eller-Hollerud – BS, LADC

Danielle graduated from St. Cloud State University with a Bachelor of Science in Community Psychology and a Bachelor of Science in Addictions Counseling.  She joined CMMHC’s Focus XII program in 2018 as a Chemical Dependency Technician and is currently an Alcohol and Drug Counselor.  Danielle’s areas of expertise include relapse prevention techniques and education, relationship wellness, co-dependency, and co-occurring disorders.


Casey Howard – MHP, BS, LADC

Casey completed her Chemical Dependency program and is currently attending St. Cloud State University working toward her Master’s in Rehabilitation and Addictions Counseling.  Along with meeting with clients individually at Focus XII, Casey facilitates groups focused on emotional regulation, psychoeducation, and skills development.  She also works at Northway IRTS as a Mental Health Practitioner (MHP).