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 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.