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Rethinking Challenging Kids: The Collaborative Problem Solving Approach

Topics: Addiction, Mental Health, Prevention

There is renewed interest in the effects of chronic, overwhelming stress and trauma on children’s development, learning and behavior. Parents, educators and clinicians strive to provide a trauma-informed discipline. Yet, we often still struggle to understand the impact of trauma on brain development in a concrete and tangible way, and we all long for concrete strategies that operationalize what brain science tells us will be helpful to facilitate development arrested as a result of complex developmental trauma. Dr. Stuart Ablon explains the impact of chronic stress, adversity and trauma on development, makes complicated neurodevelopmental concepts accessible, and provides a practical, evidence-based process for trauma-informed care that everyone at school can follow. The Collaborative Problem Solving approach operationalizes the ideals of trauma-informed practices, reflects the latest neuroscience, can be applied by all adults, and has demonstrated effectiveness across settings.


Co-Occurring Disorders (COD)

Topics: Addiction

The importance of identifying and addressing mental health issues in a substance use disorder treatment setting is essential to improving the overall outcomes for patients/clients. Initiating early detection and intervention for those that have a co-occurring disorder is crucial and we now know that treatment works best if we are addressing both the substance use AND the mental health disorder during the treatment process. According to SAMHSA, the most effective dual diagnosis regimen treats both the mental illness and substance issues at the same time. This online learning series will provide 15 hours of instruction and will include blended activities of virtual online groups and self-study related to understanding and integrating Mental Health Disorder knowledge into the provision of Substance Use Disorder treatment. This will include interactive discussions, videos, performance based feedback, articles, and activities.


Recovery Reinvented

Topics: Addiction, Mental Health, Prevention

Save the Date!
November 12, 2019
Bismarck Event Center


2019 Behavioral Health Conference

Topics: Addiction, Mental Health, Prevention

Save the Date!
November 13 - 15, 2019 
Bismarck Event Center


Recent NewsView All News

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.


Speak Volumes

Speak Volumes is an evidence-based prevention effort addressing adult binge drinking by educating adults about alcohol serving size and volume.

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Parents Lead

Parents Lead is an evidence-based underage drinking prevention program targeting parents through statewide, web-based communication.

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Lock.Monitor.Take Back

Lock. Monitor. Take Back. is an evidence-based prevention effort with the primary goal of reducing access to prescription drugs, especially opioids, by encouraging North Dakotans to be safe with their medications, including promoting North Dakota Take Back locations, and promoting ways communities can support this effort at the local level.

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Stop Overdose

Stop Overdose is an evidence-based overdose prevention effort focused on saving lives by raising awareness of the risk and signs of overdose, safe ways to respond, and best practices in prescribing, treatment, and recovery practices to those most impacted by this public health concern, such as family members and friends, prescribers, pharmacists, behavioral health professionals, and other professionals.

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