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Supervising Peer Support Specialists

Topics: Addiction

North Dakota is committed to expanding the access of Peer Support Specialists as an option for individuals seeking recovery and for families supporting individuals. There are challenges associated with incorporating new positions into existing teams and supervision is a critical piece of this.


Peer Support Specialist Training in Fargo, Minot, Grand Forks & Jamestown

Topics: Addiction

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 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.


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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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