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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.

2021 News Releases
Sept. 27, 2021 Human Services’ Behavioral Health Division announces suicide prevention funding opportunity during National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month
Sept. 24, 2021 Human Services announces two funding opportunities to support behavioral health needs of North Dakotans impacted by natural disasters
Sept. 23, 2021 ND announces new stabilization grants for child care providers. Funding supports operations, health and safety measures, quality and more
Sept. 17, 2021 ND to resettle evacuees from Afghanistan in the coming months
Sept. 16, 2021 Register now for Oct. 26-27 conference focusing on behavioral health and strong, stable families
Sept. 14, 2021 Agency hosts DOJ settlement agreement stakeholder meeting Sept. 16. Participants to discuss plans to strengthen access to in-home long-term care services and support.
Sept. 14, 2021 Public comments still being accepted on changes to ND Medicaid waiver services that enable people with physical disabilities to live at homes and in their communities
Sept. 10, 2021 ND Medicaid advisory committee to meet Sept. 14
Sept. 10, 2021 North Dakota State Hospital governing body will meet Sept. 13 in Jamestown
Sept. 3, 2021 North Dakota State Hospital limits visitors due to increase in COVID-19 cases
Sept. 2, 2021 Human Services reminds North Dakotans that Help is Here to address pandemic-related impacts
Aug. 31, 2021 Human Services encourages North Dakotans to take steps to prevent overdoses
Aug. 18, 2021 Qualifying North Dakota renters can now get help paying past-due utility bills
Aug. 17, 2021 ND’s Autism Task Force to meet Aug. 23 to learn about a program that is increasing access to behavioral health services for youth in underserved areas
Aug. 17, 2021 ND Brain Injury Advisory Council to meet Aug. 20 to discuss membership changes to include more consumers and their family members
Aug. 13, 2021 Human Services advisory group to meet Aug. 17 to discuss ND's efforts to expand in-home and community-based services for people with disabilities
Aug. 11, 2021 ND Human Services launches survey to identify TANF clients' needs and improve services
Aug. 10, 2021 Agency hosts Aug. 20 community conversation in Crosby, N.D. about in-home and community-based long-term care support services and caregiving work opportunities
Aug. 4, 2021 North Dakota celebrates the launch of the new Early Childhood Division at Let's Chalk 0 to 5 Event - Early Childhood Matters. Sanford and Jones announce investments in school readiness and quality early childhood experiences
Aug. 4, 2021 Larson named director of Department of Human Services' new Early Childhood Division
Aug. 3, 2021 ADVISORY: Sanford, Jones, child care providers to celebrate launch of North Dakota’s new Early Childhood Division
July 27, 2021 North Dakota renters can get help applying for rent assistance and other help
July 26, 2021 Help is Here: Department of Human Services’ Behavioral Health Division shares information, resources at North Dakota State Fair
July 20, 2021 ND Behavioral Health Planning Council to meet July 21 to recap legislative behavioral health initiatives
July 8, 2021 ND Medicaid advisory committee to meet July 13 to learn about new managed care contract for Medicaid Expansion program
July 1, 2021 Human Services seeks comments on amendments to the Medicaid autism spectrum disorder waiver
June 30, 2021 North Dakota offers new Kinship-ND program to provide short-term support for caregivers of children whose parents are unable to care for them
June 28, 2021 BCBSND Earns North Dakota Medicaid Expansion Managed Care Contract
June 21, 2021 Human Services now accepting applications for its Autism Spectrum Disorder Voucher program
June 15, 2021 Human Services seeking comments on Child Care Development Fund
June 14, 2021 Department of Human Services recognizes World Elder Abuse Awareness Day; Agency offers tips on how to prevent abuse, neglect and exploitation of older citizens
June 11, 2021 Agency hosts DOJ settlement agreement stakeholder meeting June 15; Participants to discuss plans for strengthening access to in-home and community-based long-term care services.
June 10, 2021 North Dakota State Hospital governing body will meet June 14 in Jamestown
June 10, 2021 Cooling assistance is available for low-income North Dakotans with medical needs
June 9, 2021 Help is available for SNAP clients impacted by June 4-6 power outages in the Mayville-Portland area
June 8, 2021 Human Services launches enhanced crisis response services to help North Dakotans in times of need; Includes three-digit crisis line (211), mobile response and walk-in stabilization services
June 3, 2021 Funding allows North Dakota to enhance its rent relief program to help more households; Once fully implemented, it will help prevent evictions and build greater financial stability
May 21, 2021 Qualifying North Dakota families can receive extra help with child care costs
May 20, 2021 ND’s Autism Task Force to meet May 24 to discuss voucher program, legislative session and more
May 20, 2021 As summer approaches, agencies share guidance for parents wondering if their children are ready to stay home alone
May 19, 2021 Human Services’ Behavioral Health Division awards funding to 10 organizations for suicide prevention efforts
May 19, 2021 ND Brain Injury Advisory Council to meet May 21
May 17, 2021 Agency recognizes Foster Care Month and announces extended support for former foster youth affected by the pandemic
May 17, 2021 Money Follows the Person program advisory group to meet May 18 to discuss ongoing efforts supporting in-home and community services for people with disabilities
May 7, 2021 ND Medicaid advisory committee to meet May 11 to recap legislative session and discuss COVID-19 policy updates
May 5, 2021 North Dakota is celebrating Child Care Provider Appreciation Day on May 7
May 4, 2021 Save the date: Human Services to host training conference Oct. 26-28 focusing on behavioral health and strong, stable families
April 29, 2021 Human Service Centers host regional advisory group meetings in May
April 29, 2021 Grant funding helps Nelsong County Health System expand services to provide in-home long-term care support services so people can live at home
April 28, 2021 Agency selects Minot native to lead North Central Human Service Center in Minot
April 27, 2021 ND Behavioral Health Planning Council postpones April 28 meeting
April 22, 2021 ND Behavioral Health Planning Council to meet April 28 by video conference
April 20, 2021 Human Services announces retirement of human service center directors in Minot and Grand Forks
April 14, 2021 Human Services awarded technical assistance to complete comprehensive review of its Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program to better support family stability and well-being
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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