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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), Early Childhood Services, Economic Assistance programs, Developmental Disabilities, 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), Vocational Rehabilitation services, Disability Determination Services, and Child Support.

2022 News Releases
Oct. 6, 2022 Parents Lead shares new informational resources during National Bullying Prevention Month
Oct. 3, 2022 HHS launches mental health program directory to better connect North Dakotans to mental health services
Sept. 26, 2022 HHS offers third round of student behavioral health grants; ND schools are invited to apply
Sept. 23, 2022 Upcoming summit aims to strengthen ND’s behavioral health workforce
Sept. 23, 2022 Register now for Oct. 11-13 conference focusing on behavioral health and strong, stable families
Sept. 14, 2022 HHS raises awareness about programs and services that support North Dakotans in recovery
Sept. 20, 2022 Health and Human Services announces grants for providers to expand in-home and community care services for people with disabilities
Sept. 12, 2022 HHS hosts stakeholder meetings Sept. 14 and 21 to gather input on recommendations in recent behavioral health consultant’s report
Sept. 12, 2022 Health and Human Services receives federal grant to expand behavioral health services for children and youth
Sept. 6, 2022 Health and Human Services encourages North Dakotans to learn how to support others during National Suicide Prevention Week
Sept. 1, 2022 Burgum: Health, Human Services now united as one department to serve North Dakota citizens
Aug. 30, 2022 Agencies team up to raise awareness about drug overdoses and share prevention resources that can save lives
Aug. 23, 2022 Parents Lead can help families prepare for a new school year
Aug. 22, 2022 Family members of long-term care facility residents invited to Sept. 9 conference featuring national experts and advocates on elder care
Aug. 17, 2022 Human Services audit report highlights need for continued investment in ND families and children to meet growing demand for services
Aug. 11, 2022 Human Services invites N.D. child care workers to apply for new workforce incentives and stipend payments
Aug. 11, 2022 North Dakota Medicaid advisory committee to meet Aug. 16
Aug. 10, 2022 Knapp resigns from Medical Services Executive Director role, Jones thanks her for her service
Aug. 8, 2022 Western N.D. leads in certified youth shelter care sites, which can help prevent foster care placements
Aug. 5, 2022 Money Follows the Person program advisory group to meet Aug. 9 to discuss in-home and community-based services for people with disabilities
Aug. 1, 2022 New human service zone team launching Aug. 1 to divert children in need of services from juvenile justice system and foster care
July 27, 2022 Cooling assistance is available to help qualifying N.D. households beat the heat
July 22, 2022 Human Services highlights Parents Lead at ND State Fair in Minot, July 22-30
July 21, 2022 Food assistance program to benefit 46,000 children
July 20, 2022 The future of nursing is bright at the ND State Hospital; NDSH is a new satellite site for Dakota College at Bottineau’s nursing program
July 18, 2022 Human Services announces launch of 988 emergency number that supplements ND’s behavioral health crisis support
July 12, 2022 July 14 webinar highlights adult day care and foster care services for adults with physical disabilities
July 7, 2022 DHS has $369,000 in training grant funds remaining so more providers can offer prevention services that stabilize families and reduce foster care use
July 7, 2022 North Dakotans working towards recovery from addiction find support in recovery housing program
July 5, 2022 North Dakota announces help for homeowners struggling with housing costs
July 1, 2022 Human Services offers behavioral health and well-being webinars for clergy, workplace leaders and those who work in agriculture industry impacted by natural disasters
June 30, 2022 Licensed addiction treatment providers in bordering states can soon access ND’s Substance Use Disorder Voucher program
June 27, 2022 Human Services now accepting applications for its Autism Spectrum Disorder Voucher program
June 24, 2022 North Dakota State Hospital governing body will meet June 27
June 21, 2022 June 23 DHS webinar will feature Medicaid waiver training and support services that help adults with physical disabilities live and work in the community
June 20, 2022 Human Services conducting statewide community readiness survey on substance use prevention efforts
June 15, 2022 North Central Human Service Center to expand crisis behavioral health services in August with walk-in stabilization facility in Minot
June 14, 2022 North Central Human Service Center to participate in Minot’s community behavioral health resource event on June 17
June 10, 2022 Elder Abuse Awareness Day is June 15; coalition plans event is Bismarck
June 6, 2022 Agency hosts conversation June 9 with older adults and others to discuss in-home and community care options and new developments
June 3, 2022 Money Follows the Person advisory group to meet June 8 on efforts to serve people with disabilities in the community
June 1, 2022 Agency educates about programs that can pay family members to assist individuals with physical disabilities to live at home in the community
May 25, 2022 Human Services and DeCoteau Trauma-Informed Care and Practice, PLLC partner to expand mental health services to North Dakotans impacted by the pandemic; Grant funding targets 17 counties, tribal communities and establishes new clinic in Dickinson
May 24, 2022 May 26 webinar highlights companionship and supervision services and emergency response system lifeline services that support independent living
May 24, 2022 Agencies offer guidance for parents wondering if a child is ready to stay home alone
May 23, 2022 Human Services and UND Center for Rural Health announce virtual resource and training center to support direct care workforce
May 20, 2022 Autism Task Force to meet May 23 to discuss applied behavior analysis services
May 17, 2022 Human Services hosts May 19 webinar on dementia care services available in ND
May 16, 2022 North Dakota Medicaid advisory committee to meet tomorrow, May 17
May 10, 2022 Human Services announces early childhood Best in Class grant recipients; More programs can apply through May 23, 2022
May 6, 2022 Burgum tours North Dakota State Hospital, expresses gratitude for vital specialty care provided to North Dakotans
May 6, 2022 N.D. recognizes foster parents and the importance of relative connections during National Foster Care Month in May
May 5, 2022 Human Services highlights prevention resources during National Prevention Week May 9-14
May 5, 2022 NEW DEADLINE: SNAP clients in ND counties recently impacted by storm-related power outages have until May 31 to apply for replacement benefits
May 4, 2022 LINK: Burgum announces help available for eligible renters and homeowners affected by extended power outages
April 25, 2022 Human Services accepting comments on draft plan for providing services to older adults and people with physical disabilities
April 25, 2022 Help available for SNAP clients in some north-central and western ND counties who lost food due to power outages during April 23-24 blizzard
April 25, 2022 Kinship-ND program aids caregivers who care for children when their parents can’t
April 22, 2022 Human Services and ND National Guard partner to offer early intervention program to service members
April 20, 2022 Human Services offers new round of Best in Class grants for qualifying programs serving four-year-olds
April 18, 2022 North Dakota State Hospital reaccredited; Legislative study highlights hospital’s specialty services and care and recommends building a new facility   
April 14, 2022 WEATHER-RELATED ANNOUNCEMENT: Human Services’ offices in Grand Forks and Grafton will reopen at 1 p.m. today, April 14; other department offices, except in Fargo, remain closed today  
April 13, 2022 WEATHER-RELATED ANNOUNCEMENT: Human Services’ offices in Grand Forks and Grafton are closed today, April 13; Department offices tentatively scheduled to reopen at 1 p.m. CT tomorrow, April 14  
April 12, 2022 WEATHER-RELATED ANNOUNCEMENT: Human Services’ offices in Grand Forks and Grafton will delay opening until noon tomorrow, April 13; several other direct client services locations are closed tomorrow
April 12, 2022 WEATHER-RELATED ANNOUNCEMENT: Human Services closes several direct client services locations today and tomorrow, April 12 and April 13, due to dangerous weather
April 11, 2022 WEATHER-RELATED ANNOUNCEMENT: Human Services’ direct client service locations in Bismarck and Dickinson will be closed tomorrow, April 12 due to forecasted blizzard
April 8, 2022 DHS holding April webinars focusing on in-home services to help people with medical tasks, chores, home modifications and special equipment needs
April 8, 2022 ND Brain Injury Advisory Council calls special strategic planning meetings
April 1, 2022 April is Child Abuse Prevention Month: Agencies announce line-up of locally organized events and activities
March 30, 2022 Human Services announces 2022 grants to build ND's capacity to provide evidence-based Title IV-E prevention services that stabilize families and reduce foster care usage
March 29, 2022 Human Services and Prevent Child Abuse North Dakota encourage ND residents to wear blue in support of children and families on April 1 for Child Abuse Prevention Month
March 24, 2022 ND Family-Based Services conference, Bright Futures Together, is March 29-April 1 in Fargo
March 17, 2022 Persons with disabilities can get help moving from institutions to community living; Learn more at March 24 webinar on community transition services
March 14, 2022 Agency invites North Dakotans to participate in March 17 USDOJ N.D. settlement agreement stakeholder meeting on strengthening access to in-home support services
March 11, 2022 North Dakota State Hospital governing body will meet March 14
March 8, 2022 Human Services awards contract to Heartview Foundation for residential substance use disorder treatment services in Dickinson
March 8, 2022 Human Services hosts public comment meeting March 10 on changes to Senior Community Service Employment Program state plan
March 8, 2022 Human Services holds March 10 webinar on respite services that can give caregivers a short break from caring for loved ones
Feb. 24, 2022 Autism Task Force to meet Feb. 28 to learn about employment opportunities for persons with autism spectrum disorder
Feb. 22, 2022 WEATHER-RELATED ANNOUNCEMENT: Department of Human Services offices in Fargo will delay opening until 1 p.m. today, Feb. 22
Feb. 18, 2022 Department of Human Services holds Feb. 24 webinar on senior nutrition and health maintenance services
Feb. 18, 2022 WEATHER-RELATED ANNOUCEMENT: Department of Human Services offices in Devils Lake, Grafton, Grand Forks and Rolla are closed today, Feb. 18, Fargo offices will close at noon
Feb. 18, 2022 WEATHER-RELATED ANNOUCEMENT: Human Services’ offices in Devils Lake, Grafton, Grand Forks and Rolla will delay opening until 10 a.m. today, Feb. 18
Feb. 15, 2022 More working families in N.D. can now qualify for help with child care costs; Child Care Assistance Program increases qualifying income level to 85% of N.D. median income
Feb. 11, 2022 WEATHER-RELATED CLOSURES: Human Services’ offices in Fargo, Grafton and Grand Forks are closed today, Feb. 11 due to hazardous weather
Feb. 11, 2022 WEATHER-RELATED ANNOUCEMENT: Human Services’ offices in Fargo, Grafton and Grand Forks will delay opening until 10 a.m. today, Feb. 11 due to hazardous weather
Feb. 11, 2022 WEATHER-RELATED ANNOUCEMENT: Human Services’ offices in Fargo, Grafton and Grand Forks will delay opening until 10 a.m. today, Feb. 11 due to hazardous weather
Feb. 4, 2022 Money Follows the Person program advisory group to meet Feb. 8 to discuss in-home and community-based services for people with disabilities
Feb. 4, 2022 2022 Indian Child Welfare and Wellness Conference to be held virtually Feb. 16-17
Feb. 3, 2022 Human Services announces $1.5 million in new grant funds to expand temporary shelter care for youth in North Dakota
Feb. 1, 2022 Human Services’ offices in Fargo, Jamestown, Minot, and Valley City will open at 10 a.m. today, Feb. 1, offices in Devils Lake, Grafton, Grand Forks and Rolla will open at 1 p.m.
Jan. 28, 2022 Human Services holds Feb. 3 webinar on homemaker and related services helping older adults and others live independently at home
Jan. 25, 2022 Human Services holds Jan. 27 webinar on case management services for adults who are older or have physical disabilities
Jan. 14, 2022 Human Services and local agencies team up to address homelessness and housing instability
Jan. 14, 2022 Human Service offices in Minot will delay opening until 10 a.m. on Jan. 14
Jan. 11, 2022 Human Services holds Jan. 13 webinar on Program for All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly - Public invited to learn more about in-home and community-based long-term care options
Jan. 5, 2022 Human Services’ offices in Fargo will delay opening until noon today, Jan. 5
Jan. 4, 2022 Human Services’ offices in Devils Lake, Fargo, Grafton, Grand Forks, Jamestown, Rolla and Valley City will delay opening until 10 a.m. tomorrow, Jan. 5
Jan. 3, 2022 Human Services and Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota partner to provide Medicaid Expansion program to qualifying low-income North Dakotans
 
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