Whether you’re here for yourself or a loved one, when you reach out to Meridian Behavioral Health, you’re reaching out to a leader in drug and alcohol addiction treatment. Based in the Twin Cities area of Minneapolis-St. Paul, Meridian provides substance use disorder treatment services across a broad continuum of care, including residential and outpatient treatment. For more than 25 years, Meridian has developed and refined an innovative, evidence-based care model focused on positive patient impact.


We create and provide effective treatment programs that meet the chemical and behavioral health needs of our patients, communities and referents.


By living our mission and values, Meridian Behavioral Health is the first-choice of referents and behavioral health professionals, continuously raising the standard for patient-centered care, customer service and team member engagement.


We are a patient-centered organization recognized for embracing diversity, with unique treatment and work environments characterized by hope, quality, integrity, respect, teamwork and accountability.


Our philosophy for recovery and addiction treatment is to focus on the whole person; integrating mind, body and spirit. Our staff whole-heartedly believes in the power of personal touch and their passion helps transform lives every day. We listen, we respect, we build relationships, we understand and, above all, we help make a lasting change.


As a leader in drug and alcohol treatment, Meridian is guided by philosophies that help us care for the whole person:

  • Personalized care uniquely tailored to individual needs.
  • Evidence-based therapeutic approaches.
  • Full continuum of high quality patient care.
  • Sustained healing focused on the whole person.

Get Help Now

If you or a loved one needs help, or just someone to talk to, we’re here. Our lines are open day and night—give us a ring, we’re here and ready to listen.

1 877 367 1715


Meridian has facilities throughout Minnesota under three brands.

Beauterre Recovery Institute
Meridian Behavioral Health
New Beginnings Minnesota



Dr. Lewis Zeidner

Chief Executive Officer

Dr. Lewis P. Zeidner serves as the Chief Executive Officer of Meridian Behavioral Health. Prior to joining Meridian Behavioral Health, LLC Dr Zeidner served as Vice President for the Mental Health and Addiction Service Line at MHealth Fairview. He was responsible for reducing barriers in accessing care for patients with mental health and substance use needs. He launched Minnesota’s first EmPATH program to meet the needs of those experiencing a mental health crisis and opened a virtual Transition Clinic allowing patients to start care while waiting for an appointment. Through his career Dr. Zeidner has focused his work on addressing the challenges people face in accessing and complying with recommended care plans at both a population and individual level. Much of his work has focused on obstacles to medication compliance including the structure and care models of retail pharmacies.


Jim Cox, MBA

Vice President for Operations

Jim is an accomplished executive with experience in various aspects of the healthcare industry. His passion for healthcare and serving patients started in the late 1990’s as a community pharmacist. Since, he’s served in numerous healthcare positions including COO, VP, Director and Co-founder. He has a passion for healthcare and business operations with a particular interest in developing teams and processes to increase speed to therapy and improve overall healthcare outcomes. Jim received his Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy from Drake University. He continued to earn his Executive Leadership Certificate from Cornell University and Master of Business Administration from St. Cloud State University.


Stacy Rivers, MSW, LICSW

Vice President of Clinical Services

Stacy holds a Master's degree in Clinical Social Work and has dedicated over 15 years to supporting children, adolescents, adults, and families dealing with mental health and substance use disorders. She has extensive experience working in various social and healthcare settings, including CentraCare and Fairview Health Services, honing her skills in providing compassionate and effective care. In early 2024, Stacy joined the Meridian team as VP for Clinical Services, bringing her knowledge and expertise to further the mission of person-centered, co-occurring care.


Stephanie Crossen

Senior Vice President, Finance/Controller

Stephanie joined Meridian Behavioral Health in February 2017 as Vice President – Finance/Controller after spending over eight years in multiple financial and accounting roles at Imation Corp. Prior to Imation, she worked at AGA Medical Corp after spending over five years honing her accounting skills at KPMG. Stephanie received her BS in Business with a major in Accounting and minor in Finance at the University of Minnesota Curtis L. Carlson School of Management in Minneapolis, MN.


Ernest Lampe, MD

Medical Director

Ernest Lampe, MD joined Meridian Behavioral Health in October of 2017 as the Medical Director for the Valhalla Methadone Programs after 5 years as Director for New Seasons Methadone Programs. He now serves as the Medical Director for Meridian Behavioral Health’s residential programs. He is an Abdominal and Cancer Surgeon and Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He received his MD Degree and Surgical Training at the University of Minnesota. He retired from the Operating Room in 2010 and started in the Practice of Addiction Medicine. He is a Member of the American Society of Addiction Medicine.


Kate Roselle, MA, MBA, LPCC

Vice President, Marketing & Business Development

Kate began her career in the behavioral health industry in 2012 as an intern in the mental health department of the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation. After being hired on full-time following the completion of her internship, she spent the following nine years at HBFF writing, building, and implementing new programs on both the clinical and business development sides of the organization. Following her time at HBFF, Kate successfully led large-scale growth efforts for national companies in both the non-profit, and for-profit sectors. Kate holds a mental health license (LPCC), a master’s degree in Counseling Psychology, and a master’s degree in Business Administration and Leadership.


Andy Muhlenburg

Marketing and Business Development Representative

Andy Muhlenburg comes to Meridian with over 10 years of sales experience and has been in the behavioral health field the last few years. She has a strong passion for working with other professionals and getting help for those struggling with substance use disorders and other mental health conditions. She is currently working towards becoming a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor.


Tami Knudson, B.S.

Marketing and Business Development Representative

Tami Knudson's marketing and business development career spans two decades in the industries of medical, substance use disorder, and health & wellness. She's work in all mediums from television to newspaper and has a background in agency account services as well as in-house marketing management and business development. She received her B.S. in Mass Communications from the University of North Dakota. She began her career with Meridian Behavioral Health in February of 2023. She supports the north-central and south-central regions of Minnesota with a focus on Douglas Place and Anchorage Recovery.