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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.

2020 News Releases
Aug. 4, 2020 Human Services hosts virtual sharing sessions Aug. 4-5 to celebrate efforts to reduce underage drinking in North Dakota
Aug. 3, 2020 Initiative to prevent children from entering foster care and to encourage family engagement expands statewide
July 30, 2020 Agencies co-host Americans with Disabilities Act presentation Aug. 12 to recognize the 30th anniversary of the landmark civil rights law's passage
July 28, 2020 Emergency Rent Bridge is still available to provide temporary rent help to qualifying North Dakota households
July 27, 2020 ND Children's Cabinet to meet tomorrow in Bismarck
July 20, 2020 Badlands Human Service Center in Dickinson to open at new location July 27; move allows for expanded behavioral health services
July 16, 2020 ND provides guidance on reopening senior meal sites for dining
July 13, 2020 Williston regional Vocational Rehabilitation office resumes in-office appointments
July 9, 2020 Help is available for SNAP clients impacted by July 8 power outages in Anamoose area
June 30, 2020 ND expands how it defines compassionate end-of-life care visits at long-term care facilities allowing more exceptions
June 29, 2020 Collette Fitness Center in Grafton to reopen on July 6
June 26, 2020 Life Skills and Transition Center in Grafton modifies on-site visitation guidelines; implements pilot project to allow home visits
June 24, 2020 ND Behavioral Health Planning Council to meet July 1 by video conference
June 23, 2020 North Dakota Respite Coalition that supports family caregivers is meeting June 25
June 19, 2020 ND Emergency Commission approves extending Child Care Emergency Operating Grant program through mid-August to support economic recovery
June 17, 2020 Human Services seeks input on Medicaid Expansion managed care contract through survey
June 16, 2020 State Council on Developmental Disabilities to discuss grant outcomes and comprehensive review of services and supports at June 17 meeting
June 16, 2020 Money Follows the Person Program stakeholders to meet June 18 to hear updates on in-home and community-based services for people with disabilities
June 16, 2020 ND State Hospital modifies visitation policy to allow in-person visits
June 15, 2020 UPDATE: South Central Human Service Center in Jamestown reopened today, June 15 following morning power outage
June 15, 2020 South Central Human Service Center in Jamestown is closed temporarily today, June 15 due to power outage
June 12, 2020 Human Services offers information on Medicaid provider COVID-19 relief funds
June 10, 2020 Human Services forms expert team to handle Medicaid long-term care eligibility work
June 5, 2020 Burgum announces phased approach to resuming visitation at long-term care facilities (Link to Guidance and Map)
June 5, 2020 North Dakota State Hospital governing body will meet June 8 in Jamestown
June 5, 2020 Human Services partners with LSS to launch Project Renew to support the behavioral health of North Dakotans affected by the pandemic
June 5, 2020 Pandemic EBT food assistance program extended through June 15; Families of children who received free and reduced-priced school meals are encouraged to apply
June 4, 2020 ND Medicaid advisory committee to meet June 9 to hear updates on COVID-19 response and expansion of home and community-based behavioral health services
June 2, 2020 Individual success stories are reason to celebrate as National Vocational Rehabilitation Act turns 100; VR continues to help people with disabilities become employed
June 1, 2020 Autism Spectrum Disorder Voucher program annual application period starts today; Parents are encouraged to apply early
May 28, 2020 Child care supports ND Smart Restart; North Dakota extends child care emergency operating grants and modifies child care guidance
May 27, 2020 Human Services awarded emergency grant to support behavioral health response to COVID-19; agency is seeking proposals to provide behavioral health services
May 22, 2020 Badlands Human Service Center is moving to a new location in Dickinson
May 22, 2020 Council holds public comment meeting June 3 on draft ND State Plan for Independent Living
May 19, 2020 Gov. Burgum announces emergency rule change allowing basic care residents to keep stimulus checks
May 19, 2020 Human Services' Behavioral Health Division creates behavioral health toolkit for employers to create supportive workplaces during COVID-19 pandemic
May 19, 2020 ND State Hospital completes COVID-19 testing event
May 18, 2020 Life Skills and Transition Center in Grafton earns accreditation
May 13, 2020 May is Chidren's Foster Care Month. Foster parents recognized for being creative at strengthening families by supporting connections during COVID-19
May 13, 2020 Autism Task Force to meet May 18 to discuss Medicaid state plan amendment and its possible benefit to individuals with autism spectrum disorder
May 13, 2020 ND Brain Injury Advisory Council to meet May 15 by video conference
May 11, 2020 Behavioral Health Division's Parents Lead program continues to support North Dakota families during COVID-19
May 8, 2020 ND agencies work together to provide food assistance to children who normally receive free and reduced-priced school lunches
May 6, 2020 Human Services receives federal grant to help older adults stay connected and to address other COVID-19-related needs
May 4, 2020 Human Service Centers host regional advisory group meetings in May
April 30, 2020 Human Services submits Medicaid state plan amendment to federal government to expand home and community-based behavioral health services
April 30, 2020 Human Services expands access to telehealth services for vulnerable North Dakotans with behavioral health needs during COVID-19 pandemic
April 28, 2020 Human Services seeks public comments on draft plan to provide Title IV-E prevention services to reduce the need for foster care
April 27, 2020 Life Skills and Transition Center and developmental disability service providers remain committed to serving vulnerable North Dakotans during COVID-19 pandemic
April 27, 2020 Help is available for North Dakotans struggling to pay heating bills
April 23, 2020 ND Medicaid hosting COVID-19 response webinar on April 24
April 21, 2020 Program can help families resolve concerns when COVID-19 prevents them from visiting loved ones in long-term care facilities
April 17, 2020 North Dakota creates temporary shelter program to serve vulnerable individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19 or need to be in quarantine
April 15, 2020 Human Services to host April 16 presentation on ND Medicaid primary care management reform
April 14, 2020 Behavioral health professionals provide vital services to North Dakotans
April 13, 2020 Gov. Burgum allows for changes to maintain critical services for vulnerable youths during COVID-19 pandemic
April 9, 2020 April is Child Abuse Prevention Month; ND agencies announce line-up of virtual events and activities for parents, children and others to help build protective factors in families during COVID-19 pandemic
April 9, 2020 ND State Council on Developmental Disabilities offers mini-grants to fill gaps and meet individual and family needs related to COVID-19
April 8, 2020 ND State Hospital provides update on COVID-19 preparedness; staff continue to provide vital behavioral health services
April 3, 2020 Child Support Program continues to serve parents online and by phone during COVID-19 pandemic
April 3, 2020 ND Human Services to issue extra SNAP food assistance benefits for March and April
April 3, 2020 WEATHER-RELATED CLOSURE and DELAYS: ND Department of Human Services’ offices in Grand Forks and Grafton will be closed today, April 3 due to hazardous weather, Fargo offices delay opening until 10 a.m.
April 2, 2020 WEATHER-RELATED CLOSURE: Human Services offices in Devils Lake and Rolla closed today, April 2 at 3 p.m.
April 2, 2020 ND Medicaid to host webinar on April 3 to share information on Medicaid services and COVID-19
April 1, 2020 Human Services implements legislative changes that expand addiction and recovery supports for North Dakotans
April 1, 2020 Human Services and Prevent Child Abuse North Dakota call upon ND residents to wear blue in support of children and families on April 3 for Child Abuse Prevention Month; share parenting resources
March 26, 2020 ND Medicaid receives waiver to implement temporary program changes to address COVID-19
March 25, 2020 Human Services to hold a second webinar for ND Medicaid providers and others on March 27 to share information on Medicaid services and COVID-19
March 24, 2020 Human Services’ public behavioral health clinics continue to serve vulnerable North Dakotans
March 23, 2020 DHS administrative offices and human service zones continue to provide vital services, but restrict public access to offices
March 19, 2020 ND senior meal providers cancel dine-in meals and work on alternate plans to sustain important nutrition services for older adults
March 19, 2020 Human Services to hold webinar for ND Medicaid providers and others on March 20 to share information on COVID-19
March 19, 2020 Human Services presentation on ND Medicaid primary care management reform has been rescheduled for April 16
March 19, 2020 ND Human Services reminds people about available online services and takes action to support social distancing
March 18, 2020 Collette Fitness Center in Grafton closes to public access
March 18, 2020 Behavioral Health Division offers resources to support the behavioral health of North Dakotans during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak
March 16, 2020 Behavioral Health Division offers age-appropriate resources to help adults talk with children about coronavirus (COVID-19)
March 16, 2020 The Life Skills and Transition Center in Grafton is restricting visitors
March 13, 2020 North Dakota State Hospital is following CDC guidance and limiting visitors
March 10, 2020 ND Committee on Aging to discuss goals and other matters at March 13 meeting
March 10, 2020 Human Services to host third presentation on March 19 on primary care management reform for ND Medicaid
March 6, 2020 North Dakota State Hospital governing body will meet March 9 in Jamestown
March 5, 2020 Human Services to hold conference March 24-25 for professionals who help adults with disabilities remain living in their homes and communities; sessions focus on new community services, including behavioral health resources
March 4, 2020 ND Medicaid advisory committee to meet March 10 in Bismarck to announce new members, committee charter and more
Feb. 25, 2020 ND Children’s Cabinet to meet tomorrow in Bismarck
Feb. 25, 2020 Money Follows the Person Program stakeholders to hear updates on grants to strengthen in-home services at March 4 meeting in Bismarck
Feb. 19, 2020 ND Brain Injury Advisory Council to meet Friday in Mandan
Feb. 19, 2020 Coalition working to connect family caregivers to respite services and other support is meeting Feb. 27 in Jamestown
Feb. 19, 2020 Autism Task Force to meet Feb. 24 to discuss using telehealth to provide applied behavior analysis services in rural areas and more
Feb. 18, 2020 Human Services accepting public comments on draft Medicaid 1915(i) state plan amendment to expand behavioral health services coverage, hosts webinar to give overview of amendment
Feb. 12, 2020 WEATHER-RELATED CLOSURE: N.D. Department of Human Services’ offices in Fargo will be closed today, Feb. 12 due to hazardous weather
Feb. 11, 2020 Human Services’ Behavioral Health Division awards contract to Eckert Youth Homes for adolescent residential treatment program
Feb. 6, 2020 Agency seeks public's input on plan guiding short-term, work training program for low-income older adults Public meetings set for Feb. 12 and 25.
Feb. 6, 2020 Human Services to host second presentation on primary care management reform for ND Medicaid on Feb. 19
Feb. 3, 2020 Human Services offers grant funding to grow in-home care services in rural ND; nursing facilities and other community entities are invited to apply
Jan. 31, 2020 Human Services is accepting nominations for its Medicaid Medical Advisory Committee, encourages Medicaid enrollees to get involved
Jan. 30, 2020 State seeks public comments on North Dakota's new unified state workforce plan
Jan. 27, 2020 State Coalition co-hosts community forums Jan. 28 - Feb. 10 on caregiving resources
Jan. 17, 2020 WEATHER-RELATED CLOSURE: Department of Human Services’ offices in Fargo are closing at noon today, Jan. 17
Jan. 7, 2020 Department of Human Services names Strebe Chief Administrative Officer
Jan. 7, 2020 Human Services to host presentation on primary care management reform for ND Medicaid; featured speaker shares information on SD’s Health Home program
 
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