Religion

Faith-based treatment programs get a pass from regulation in Iowa

In Spencer, Iowa, a 26-year-old man in a faith-based treatment program was talked out of taking medications by two pastors he was friendly with. But a few days after entering a program, he told one of them that he wasn’t feeling right and that he was suicidal. Rev. Nick Hanges told him it would pass. A few days later, Hanges found the man -- Alex Jacobsen -- in a pool of blood. He had cut his own throat. Then he saved his life.