The SUD Voucher program was established to address barriers to treatment and increase the ability of people to access treatment and services for substance use disorders. State funds were set aside by the legislature with the directive that the department develop rules to:
- Focus on underserved areas and programs
- Increase the provision of evidence based services
- Ensure reporting on process and outcome measures
Two key documents evaluating and assessing the needs of ND residents regarding treatment and services for substance use disorder, the Schulte Report, and the ND Behavioral Health Stakeholders Report identified the need to increase the access to evidence based treatment and services for substance use disorder.
The purpose of the SUD Voucher program is to address needs identified in both reports and increase the ability of people to access evidence based treatment and services for substance use disorder while building the infrastructure and workforce to provide those services.
If an individual has a need for the SUD Voucher but does not meet these requirements, an exception form can be submitted to the BHD.
- The individual resides in North Dakota;
- The individual is 18 years of age or older;
- A licensed professional determined the individual is in need of a service
- A Release of Information (ROI) is signed for the Department of Human Services’ Behavioral Health Division (BHD) to access treatment and financial records
- The individual does not have resources to cover any care for treatment and one of the following:
- The individual’s third party payment resource will not cover all costs of treatment; or
- The individual has a pending application for medical assistance which presents a barrier to timely access to treatment; or
- The individual does not qualify for medical assistance and has no alternative third party payment resources
- The individual has an annual income no greater than 200% of federal poverty guidelines: