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You've heard of adverse childhood experiences. You know early trauma can affect individuals and communities for years.


Translating Detox into Recovery: Innovations in Opioid Treatment

Topics: Addiction

Facilitating access to treatment for someone with an opioid use disorder can take many avenues. Frequently people will seek detox, but a common problem in many communities is that the number of detox beds available are inadequate. But not all detox has to be done on an inpatient basis. Ambulatory Detox is a commonly used service for persons seeking treatment for an opioid use disorder and can be an important first step in the recovery process if structured correctly and connected to appropriate follow up care. It is essential that any period of detox be followed by access to medications such as extended- release naltrexone. Please join us as we explore one organizations model for engaging clients seeking ambulatory detox and transitioning them to more formal addiction treatment services.


ND Peer Support Specialist Training

Topics: Addiction, Mental Health, Prevention

The North Dakota Department of Human Services’ Behavioral Health Division has brought in Appalachian Consulting Group’s (ACG) curriculum for peer specialist training, which is a person-centered, goals-oriented, strengths-based curriculum. It is based on the belief that setting a person-centered goal is the heart of the recovery process. Recovery is the process of gaining and maintaining control over one’s life – and the direction one wants that life to go – on the other side of a mental health diagnosis, substance use disorder, and all of the losses associated with those challenges. Attendees will learn the core competencies, roles, and tools of conducting Peer Support Specialist work in their communities.


ND Peer Support Specialist Training

Topics: Addiction, Mental Health, Prevention

The North Dakota Department of Human Services’ Behavioral Health Division has brought in Appalachian Consulting Group’s (ACG) curriculum for peer specialist training, which is a person-centered, goals-oriented, strengths-based curriculum. It is based on the belief that setting a person-centered goal is the heart of the recovery process. Recovery is the process of gaining and maintaining control over one’s life – and the direction one wants that life to go – on the other side of a mental health diagnosis, substance use disorder, and all of the losses associated with those challenges. Attendees will learn the core competencies, roles, and tools of conducting Peer Support Specialist work in their communities.


ND Peer Support Specialist Training

Topics: Addiction, Mental Health, Prevention

The North Dakota Department of Human Services’ Behavioral Health Division has brought in Appalachian Consulting Group’s (ACG) curriculum for peer specialist training, which is a person-centered, goals-oriented, strengths-based curriculum. It is based on the belief that setting a person-centered goal is the heart of the recovery process. Recovery is the process of gaining and maintaining control over one’s life – and the direction one wants that life to go – on the other side of a mental health diagnosis, substance use disorder, and all of the losses associated with those challenges. Attendees will learn the core competencies, roles, and tools of conducting Peer Support Specialist work in their communities.


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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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