Early intervention is an important piece of the behavioral health continuum of care and helps to reduce the risk of harmful behaviors such as drug and alcohol use. Research shows that individuals who start drinking before the age of 15 are four times more likely than individuals who start drinking at the age of 21 to meet the criteria for alcohol use disorder at some point in their lives.
During the 65th Legislative Session, the Department of Human Services’ Behavioral Health Division was authorized to certify Minor in Possession (MIP) providers in an effort to increase capacity of the workforce and increase access to evidence-based early intervention services (NDCC 50-06-44).
Administrative Rules 75-09.2-01 detail the requirements and the process for providers to become certified to provide this service in the state.
To become a certified provider, an individual must hold a bachelor's degree. The requirement of a bachelor's degree may be waived for driving under the influence seminar instructors licensed under NDAC 75-09.1-09 prior to December 31, 2017.
For more information, review the guidance here.
- Become certified in a department-approved evidence-based early intervention program.
- Successfully pass a background check.
- Complete a provider application.
Those who become Minor In Possession certified providers can charge a reasonable fee for offering classes in North Dakota.