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Public Information Office Contacts:

Heather Steffl, 701-328-4933, for issues relating to Aging, Children and Family Services (including adoption, child care, child protection services), Economic Assistance programs, Developmental Disabilities, Vocational Rehabilitation services, Administration and Support areas, and Human Service Zone operations.

LuWanna Lawrence, 701-328-1892, for issues relating to Behavioral Health Services (including the Behavioral Health Division, Regional Human Service Centers, and the State Hospital), the Life Skills and Transition Center, Medical Services (including Medicaid, Medicaid Expansion, the Children's Health Insurance Program, and Medicaid waivers), Disability Determination Services, and Child Support.

2021 News Releases
April 12, 2021 Off Main behavioral health services in Fargo are moving to Southeast Human Service Center on April 15
April 12, 2021 Vision rehabilitation specialists increase independence for North Dakotans
April 6, 2021 ND State Hospital to host job interview fairs in April for various healthcare-related positions
March 31, 2021 During Child Abuse Prevention Month, agencies promote community support as vital for growing a better tomorrow for children; Wear Blue Day is April 1
March 30, 2021 Agency addresses questions about unaccompanied undocumented individuals N.D. child welfare system is focused on in-home care; facility capacity is very limited
March 29, 2021 N.D. announces Pandemic-EBT food assistance for children who are eligible for free and reduced-price school meals this school year
March 16, 2021 Resources are available to help North Dakotans transition to a new normal
March 15, 2021 Brain injury awareness, treatment and recovery are focus of virtual conference
March 10, 2021 Life Skills and Transition Center Superintendent Sue Foerster retires
March 1, 2021 Child Care Aware of N.D. resumes provider training, resource and referral and other services
Feb. 25, 2021 ND State Hospital laboratory services receives accreditation
Feb. 23, 2021 Human Services announces grants to build N.D.'s capacity to provide evidence-based Title IV-E prevention services that stabilize families and reduce foster care
Feb. 23, 2021 Human Services’ Behavioral Health Division enhancing suicide prevention efforts in ND
Feb. 19, 2021 Indian Child Welfare and Wellness Conference will be held virtually Feb. 23-25
Feb. 18, 2021 MFP stakeholders to meet Feb. 19 to discuss ongoing efforts supporting in-home and community services for people with disabilities
Feb. 18, 2021 March 2021 ND Family-Based Services Association conference offers affordable, virtual training for professionals who work with children and families
Feb. 18, 2021 North Dakota’s Autism Task Force to meet Feb. 22 to discuss legislation, autism-related services and more
Feb. 17, 2021 ND Brain Injury Advisory Council to meet Feb. 19 by video conference
Feb. 12, 2021 North Dakota State Hospital modifies on-site visitation guidelines
Feb. 8, 2021 ND Children's Cabinet to meet Feb. 16 in Bismarck and by teleconference
Feb. 4, 2021 Help available for SNAP clients in some south-central ND counties who lost food due to power outages on Feb. 2
Feb. 2, 2021 Human Services hosts public input meetings on DOJ settlement to expand in-home and community-based long-term care services for people with disabilities
Feb. 2, 2021 Human Services launches new Title IV-E Prevention Services Portal
Jan. 29, 2021 Two ND Brain Injury Advisory Council committees to meet Feb. 2 and Feb. 3 by video conference
Jan. 27, 2021 ND Behavioral Health Planning Council Legislative Committee to meet Jan. 29 by video conference
Jan. 27, 2021 Department of Human Services seeks comments on five-year renewal of state’s Medicaid waiver for medically fragile children
Jan. 26, 2021 ND Department of Human Services receives federal approval to expand behavioral health services
Jan. 26, 2021 NDDHS announces 15 percent temporary increase in SNAP food assistance benefits through June 2021
Jan. 25, 2021 Burgum: ND Department of Human Services intends to temporarily administer federally funded refugee resettlement program to preserve in-state control
Jan. 20, 2021 ND Behavioral Health Planning Council Legislative Committee to meet Jan. 22 by video conference
Jan. 19, 2021 Department of Human Services is working to prevent disruption in contracted programs and services supporting behavioral health and child care needs
Jan. 15, 2021 Department of Human Services will work to coordinate the transition of Lutheran Social Services programs
Jan. 14, 2021 ND National Guard and Department of Human Services receive U.S. Army award for suicide prevention efforts
Jan. 13, 2021 Individuals with COVID-19 at high risk for serious complications have more treatment options and are encouraged to talk to their health care providers ASAP
Jan. 12, 2021 Human Services hires Schlinger as director of its Vocational Rehabilitation Division
Jan. 4, 2021 North Dakota launches new child protection services intake process featuring NEW toll-free statewide child abuse and neglect reporting number
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