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Interested in becoming a support specialist and assisting others in their path to recovery, or supervising peer support specialists? Check out our upcoming peer support training Grand Forks, Devils Lake and Jamestown.


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Parents Lead resources are available to support North Dakotans during the pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has created routine disruption, disappointment due to cancelled events and stress for many people, including children and teens. The recent increasing number of cases in the state has resulted in academic challenges for many and modified extracurricular activities. Parents and children may feel disappointment or sadness that the school year and activities are not happening as they had planned. 


Human Services launches Community-Based Behavioral Health Program

The North Dakota Department of Human Services’ Behavioral Health Division has launched a new program to help eligible North Dakotans access community-based substance use disorder treatment services and care coordination services. 


Human Services awards funding to local communities for substance abuse prevention and reducing opioid overdose deaths

The North Dakota Department of Human Services’ Behavioral Health Division has awarded funding from two federal grants to 23 local public health units across the state to continue to implement evidence-based strategies aimed at substance abuse and opioid prevention efforts and effective treatment and recovery services.


Human Services awards children’s behavioral health pilot grant to two ND schools

<p>The North Dakota Department of Human Services’ Behavioral Health Division announced today that it has awarded funding for the expansion of a children’s behavioral health prevention and early intervention pilot grant to Dunseith Public School and Barnes County North Public School near Wimbledon, N.D. </p>


Human Services awarded emergency grant to support behavioral health response to 2019 federally-declared flooding disasters

The North Dakota Department of Human Services’ Behavioral Health Division has been awarded a $4 million grant from the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to support the state’s behavioral health response to the 2019 federally-declared flood disasters.


Human Services launches anonymous tip system to help prevent underage substance use

The North Dakota Department of Human Services’ Behavioral Health Division, through collaboration with the North Dakota Sheriffs and Deputies Association, the North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation and the North Dakota Highway Patrol, recently launched NDTip, an anonymous statewide tip system that connects North Dakotans with their local sheriff’s department or highway patrol to report underage substance use.


ND awarded federal grant to fight opioid abuse

The federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration awarded the North Dakota Department of Human Services $4 million to reduce and prevent opioid abuse and overdose deaths.


Behavioral Health Division’s Parents Lead program creates new resource to help parents during the pandemic

The start of school and fall activities can be stressful under normal circumstances, let alone during a pandemic. To help engage parents and children in open communication and support them through this transition, the North Dakota Department of Human Services’ Behavioral Health Division has created a new toolkit for parents called Parenting During a Pandemic.


Human Services hosts virtual sharing sessions today and tomorrow to celebrate efforts to reduce underage drinking in North Dakota

The North Dakota Department of Human Services’ Behavioral Health Division is hosting a series of virtual sharing sessions today and tomorrow to celebrate efforts implemented by communities throughout the state to prevent underage drinking among youth through a federal Partnership for Success grant.


Fourth annual Recovery Reinvented online event set for Oct. 28

The fourth annual Recovery Reinvented, an event dedicated to eliminating the shame and stigma of the disease of addiction and empowering communities to support recovery, will be an online, interactive experience on Oct. 28, 2020.


Human Services partners with LSS to launch Project Renew to support the behavioral health of North Dakotans affected by the pandemic

The North Dakota Department of Human Services’ Behavioral Health Division was recently awarded a Crisis Counseling Program (CCP) grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to support the behavioral health of North Dakotans impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Through this grant, the division is launching Project Renew, a partnership with Lutheran Social Services of North Dakota, to provide free and anonymous brief support services to individuals throughout the state.


Human Services awarded emergency grant to support behavioral health response to COVID-19; agency is seeking proposals to provide behavioral health services

The North Dakota Department of Human Services’ Behavioral Health Division has been awarded a $2 million grant from the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to support the state’s behavioral health response to the COVID-19 pandemic.


Human Services’ Behavioral Health Division creates behavioral health toolkit for employers to create supportive workplaces during COVID-19 pandemic

North Dakota employers have a unique ability and responsibility to support the behavioral health needs of their employees as they navigate these challenging times. To support their efforts, the North Dakota Department of Human Services’ Behavioral Health Division has created a behavioral health toolkit for employers to support employees’ behavioral health. The toolkit is available online by clicking here.


Behavioral Health Division’s Parents Lead program continues to support North Dakota families during COVID-19

The North Dakota Department of Human Services’ Behavioral Health Division continues to make available new resources through the Parents Lead program to support parents and families during the COVID-19 pandemic.


Human Services submits Medicaid state plan amendment to federal government to expand home and community-based behavioral health services

Late yesterday, the North Dakota Department of Human Services submitted its draft Medicaid 1915(i) state plan amendment to the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to expand home and community-based behavioral health services for children and adults.


Behavioral health professionals provide vital services to North Dakotans

Behavioral health is health. In this time of uncertainty, the services and support provided by behavioral health professionals are even more essential to individuals’ well-being. The North Dakota Department of Human Services would like to thank all of the behavioral health professionals who continue to serve individuals and families in North Dakota.


Behavioral Health Division offers resources to support the behavioral health of North Dakotans during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

The outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19) can be stressful for people and communities. The North Dakota Department of Human Services’ Behavioral Health Division is offering resources to support North Dakotans’ behavioral health during this time. The information is available online at www.behavioralhealth.nd.gov/covid-19.  


Behavioral Health Division offers age-appropriate resources to help adults talk with children about coronavirus (COVID-19)

The North Dakota Department of Human Services’ Behavioral Health Division is offering new resources to support parents and other adults in having conversations with children about the coronavirus (COVID-19) through its Parents Lead program. The information is available online at www.parentslead.org.


North Dakota Behavioral Health Conference set for Nov. 13-15 in Bismarck

The 2019 North Dakota Behavioral Health Conference is scheduled for Nov. 13-15 at the Bismarck Event Center. Behavioral health clinicians, peer support specialists, health care professionals, community agencies interested in supporting behavioral health, consumers and family members will gather to hear about the status of behavioral health in North Dakota and learn from several keynote speakers and breakout sessions.


Peer support is a growing opportunity in North Dakota

Individuals are taking part in a five-day peer support specialist training this week, Aug. 19-23 at the Quality Inn in Bismarck. Attendees are learning the core competencies, roles and tools for providing peer support services at the training, which is sponsored by the North Dakota Department of Human Services.


Human Services hosts training this week for substance abuse prevention grant recipients

North Dakota communities and tribes are working together and investing in substance abuse prevention with the common goal of supporting the health and safety of individuals, families, businesses and communities.


Local campaign funded by the North Dakota Department of Human Services gets national attention

Despite a downward trend over the last decade, underage drinking remains a significant public health issue in North Dakota with nearly one in three high school students reporting drinking alcohol in the last month and 16.4 percent doing so to the point of binge drinking.


Human Services awards State Opioid Response grant funding to communities to continue addressing the opioid crisis

The North Dakota Department of Human Services’ Behavioral Health Division is providing funding to communities to implement evidence-based strategies aimed at preventing opioid overdoses and increasing access to effective treatment and recovery services. The agency is distributing more than $750,000 to support prevention, treatment and recovery support efforts in 16 local public health areas across the state.


Department of Human Services, in collaboration with ND Cares Coalition, hosts first Military Peer Support Training

Military service members, veterans, their family members and survivors are attending military peer support training May 6-10 at the Holiday Inn, 3903 State St. in Bismarck. Hosted by the North Dakota Department of Human Services’ Behavioral Health Division, in partnership with the ND Cares coalition, the goal is to train individuals who have lived experience and are in recovery from mental illness and/or substance use disorder and are committed to helping others. Once trained, these new peer support specialists can bring hope to others by sharing their experiences and promoting a sense of belonging.


Drug overdose deaths decrease in ND; prevention efforts remain crucial

North Dakota received good news recently when the federal Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reported online that overdose deaths in the state decreased for the first time since a record 77 deaths were reported in 2016. According to the CDC, drug overdose deaths in North Dakota fell by 13.2 percent to 68 deaths in 2017.


Governor, First Lady join legislators, recovery advocates and service providers to highlight first Recovery Day at the Capitol

Gov. Doug Burgum and First Lady Kathryn Burgum today expressed their gratitude to the recovery advocates, legislative leaders, peer support specialists, individuals with lived experience, behavioral health care providers and other stakeholders who helped highlight the first-ever Recovery Day at the Capitol.


N.D. Department of Human Services announces the North Dakota Behavioral Health Vision 20/20 survey and website

The North Dakota Department of Human Services’ Behavioral Health Division today announced the Behavioral Health Vision 20/20 survey and website. The goal of this effort is to realize North Dakota’s vision of a good, modern and equitable behavioral health system.


N.D. Department of Human Services partners with the Office of the First Lady and Office of Recovery Reinvented to launch Recovree’s peer support software in the state – winner of the Innovate Recovery Competition

The North Dakota Department of Human Services, the Office of the First Lady and Office of Recovery Reinvented announced the launch next week of Recovree Peer Support Software in the state. This is the latest development in North Dakota’s ongoing effort to reinvent addiction recovery and improve individual and community outcomes.


North Dakota Department of Human Services awards Children’s Prevention and Early Intervention Behavioral Health Pilot Project

The North Dakota Department of Human Services’ Behavioral Health Division announced today that it has awarded funding for a behavioral health school pilot project to Simle Middle School in Bismarck. The division received 13 applications from schools and districts across the state. 


Sept. 17 and 18 training on trauma and addiction moved to larger venue in Bismarck due to high interest

The location of the North Dakota Department of Human Services’ training on the impact of traumatic stress on human development and addiction scheduled for next week in Bismarck has been moved to the Bismarck Civic Center – Hall C due to high interest. The half-day training is being offered to professionals who work in the addiction field at no cost on Monday, Sept. 17, 1–5 p.m., and again on Tuesday, Sept. 18, 8:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.


Dr. Drew kicks off the N.D. Behavioral Health Conference in Fargo tomorrow, Sept. 6

Celebrity physician and media personality Dr. Drew Pinsky (Dr. Drew) will kick off the North Dakota Behavioral Health Conference with a keynote address at 8 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 6, at the Fargo Holiday Inn. 


Parents Lead expands focus to children’s behavioral health, launches new website

Recognizing the power of a parent to influence a child’s life, the North Dakota program - Parents Lead - has expanded to not only support parents in taking the lead to prevent underage drinking, but also to provide tools and resources for parents to support their child’s overall behavioral health.


North Dakota Department of Human Services issues report on behavioral health

The North Dakota Department of Human Services’ Behavioral Health Division today released an evaluation of the capacity of the state’s behavioral health system to prevent and respond to behavioral health challenges and promote the well-being of North Dakotans. 


Campaign launched to shift social attitude toward addiction

Addiction is a chronic disease suffered by one in seven people in the United States. However, unlike other chronic diseases, the shame and stigma associated with addiction often prevent people from seeking the care they need. 


North Dakota sees positive trends in youth substance use

North Dakota’s investment in youth substance use prevention is paying off.  The North Dakota Department of Human Services’ Behavioral Health Division highlighted the positive trends after reviewing the 2017 Youth Risk Behavior Survey results that were released earlier this week.


Department of Human Services encourages communities to support local substance

The North Dakota Department of Human Services’ Behavioral Health Division encourages communities statewide to support local substance abuse prevention activities in honor of Red Ribbon Week®, a national alcohol and drug prevention awareness campaign taking place Oct. 23-31. The Red Ribbon Campaign™ encourages parents, educators, business owners and other community organizations to take a visible stand against underage drinking and drug use in their communities.


Human Services hosts substance abuse prevention training

BISMARCK, N.D. - The North Dakota Department of Human Services’ Behavioral Health Division is hosting training Jan. 10-11 at the Quality Inn in Bismarck for over 20 community grantees who are implementing substance abuse prevention efforts to address local priorities including underage drinking, adult binge drinking and prescription drug abuse.


North Dakota Department of Human Services issues report on behavioral health

BISMARCK, N.D. – The North Dakota Department of Human Services’ (DHS) Behavioral Health Division and the North Dakota Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (DOCR) announced that training begins this week to launch Free Through Recovery, an innovative community-based program designed to increase access to recovery services for individuals engaged with the criminal justice system who have serious behavioral health concerns. The two agencies have been working collaboratively to establish the program enacted by North Dakota Senate Bill 2015. 


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