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2018 News

Public Information Office Contacts:

Heather Steffl, 701-328-4933, for issues relating to Aging, Autism services, Behavioral Health Services (including the Behavioral Health Division, Regional Human Service Centers, and the State Hospital), Developmental Disabilities (including the Developmental Disabilities Division and the Life Skills and Transition Center), and Vocational Rehabilitation services.

LuWanna Lawrence, 701-328-1892, for issues relating to Children and Family Services (including adoption, child care, child protection services), Economic Assistance, Child Support, Medical Services (including Children's Health Insurance Program, and Medicaid, waivers, and Expanded Medicaid), and Administration and Support areas.

2018 News Releases
Dec. 28, 2018

Human Services weather-related closure announcements

Dec. 27, 2018

Human Services storm-related closure announcements

Dec. 26, 2018

Child support payment rates for ND children rise above 75 percent

Dec. 21, 2018

Youth tobacco use can be reduced through compliance checks; Agencies work together to reduce youth access to tobacco

Dec. 17, 2018

Behavioral Health Planning Council to meet Dec. 19 in Bismarck to prioritize systemic goals

Dec. 12, 2018

Human Services receives one-year waiver on federal criminal background check requirement affecting child care providers

Dec. 7, 2018

N.D. Department of Human Services announces the North Dakota Behavioral Health Vision 20/20 survey and website; Public invited to take survey to help identify priorities

Dec. 21, 2018

Youth tobacco use can be reduced through compliance checks; Agencies work together to reduce youth access to tobacco

Dec. 17, 2018

North Dakota Behavioral Health Planning Council to meet Dec. 19 in Bismarck to prioritize systemic goals

Dec. 12, 2018

Human Services receives one-year waiver on federal criminal background check requirement affecting child care providers

Dec. 7, 2018

N.D. Department of Human Services announces the North Dakota Behavioral Health Vision 20/20 survey and website; Public invited to take survey to help identify priorities

Nov. 30, 2018

Human Services seeks input on Children’s Health Insurance Program Quality Strategy Plan

Nov. 29, 2018

Department of Human Services hires Ferrell to lead Northwest Human Service Center in Williston

Nov. 27, 2018

Governor's Prevention Advisory Council on Drugs and Alcohol to discuss legislative initiatives and other topics at Nov. 29 meeting in Bismarck

Nov. 16, 2018

Human Service Centers host regional advisory group meetings in November

Nov. 16, 2018

WEATHER CLOSURE ANNOUNCEMENT - Northwest Human Service Center and regional child support office in Williston close at 3 p.m. today, Nov. 16

Nov. 14, 2018

ND Medicaid amends state plan to increase access to addiction treatment services and other behavioral health services

Nov. 13, 2018

Southeast Human Service Center advisory group is meeting Wednesday, Nov. 14 in Fargo; information about center operations and public behavioral health system goals and initiatives will be discussed

Nov. 9, 2018

Human Services hosts informational meeting Nov. 15 in Bismarck on new federal law aimed at strengthening families

Nov. 6, 2018

Northwest Human Service Center advisory group is meeting Nov. 7 in Williston; Plans to enhance crisis and emergency services will be discussed

Nov. 6, 2018

West Central Human Service Center and other adjacent Department of Human Servicesí offices in Bismarck temporarily close Nov. 6 due to water main break

Oct. 31, 2018

Human Services seeks public comments on changes to multiple Medicaid waivers

Oct. 31, 2018

Agency seeks public comment on Medicaid waiver changes involving developmental disability services

Oct. 24, 2018

Autism services to be discussed at Oct. 29 state task force meeting

Oct. 23, 2018

Human Services seeks input on child welfare services in the Minot region through meeting and online surveys

Oct. 22, 2018

Two western N.D. employers receive statewide honors for supporting the employment of people with disabilities

Oct. 19, 2018

North Dakota Department of Human Services partners with the Office of the First Lady and Office of Recovery Reinvented to launch Recovree's peer support software in the state

Oct. 18, 2018

Sturn honored for work on behalf of children and families

Oct. 16, 2018

North Dakota Behavioral Health Planning Council to meet Oct. 17 in Bismarck

Oct. 11, 2018

Vocational rehabilitation professionals recognized for helping North Dakotans with disabilities achieve their employment goals

Oct. 11, 2018

ND Medicaid Advisory Committee to meet Oct. 17 in Bismarck

Oct. 10, 2018

Human Services seeks input on child welfare services in the Dickinson region through meeting and online surveys

Oct. 3, 2018

Department of Human Services awards Children's Prevention and Early Intervention Behavioral Health Pilot Project to Bismarck school

Sept. 27, 2018

New initiative seeks to prevent children from entering foster care and encourages family engagement

Sept. 25, 2018

Public invited to review and comment on plan aligning Medicaid waiver services with the federal home and community-based services rules; public meeting is Sept. 28

Sept. 21, 2018

State Hospital Governing Board to meeting Monday, Sept. 24

Sept. 14, 2018

Jamestown coalition to host Behavioral Health Fair on Sept. 20 to promote prevention, intervention and recovery; Event one of many community events recognizing Recovery Month

Sept. 14, 2018

Sept. 17 and 18 training on trauma and addiction moved to larger venue in Bismarck due to high interest

Sept. 11, 2018

Money Follows the Person grant stakeholder meeting to be held Sept. 12 in Bismarck

Sept. 10, 2018

Advisory council on services for children with disabilities to meet Sept. 12-13 in Bismarck

Sept. 7, 2018

Committee on Aging to meet Sept. 14 to discuss consumer fraud prevention, senior meal services and other issues

Sept. 6, 2018

Federal law enhances criminal background check requirements for North Dakota licensed and regulated child care providers

Sept. 5, 2018

Media Advisory: Dr. Drew kicks off the N.D. Behavioral Health Conference in Fargo tomorrow, Sept. 6

Aug. 31, 2018

Human Services seeks input on child welfare services in the Fargo region through meeting and online surveys

Aug. 29, 2018

Registration now open for parenting program

Aug. 23, 2018

Department of Human Services holds training this fall on trauma and addiction

Aug. 22, 2018

September is National Recovery Month! North Dakotans invited to learn how to support individuals in recovery and eliminate shame and stigma

Aug. 20, 2018

Developmental disabilities council to meet Aug. 23 to review its budget and funding support for grants promoting inclusion and other priorities

Aug. 17, 2018

Autism services to be discussed at Aug. 20 task force meeting

Aug. 15, 2018

Brain Injury Advisory Council to meet Aug. 17 in Bismarck

Aug. 6, 2018

Parents Lead expands focus to include children's behavioral health, launches new website

July 31, 2018

Human Services seeks input on child welfare services in the Jamestown region through meeting and online surveys

July 27, 2018

South Central Human Service Center satellite office in Valley City hosts public open house on Aug. 14

July 27, 2018

New meeting location for the Child Care Development Fund State Plan public comment meeting in Minot July 30

July 25, 2018

SNAP for healthy eating, select ND farmers markets accept SNAP benefits

July 24, 2018

Stakeholders to meet July 31 to review efforts to increase respite, training and support for family caregivers

July 24, 2018

Dr. Drew to kick off the 2018 Annual N.D. Behavioral Health Conference; Registration now open

July 17, 2018

State Rehabilitation Council to focus on youth transitions and other topics at July 18-19 meeting

July 17, 2018

Child welfare training focuses on protecting children and strengthening families July 24-26 in Bismarck

July 17, 2018

Human Services seeking comments on Child Care Development Fund

July 10, 2018

Help available for SNAP clients in McKenzie County who lost food due to storm-related power outages

July 10, 2018

Help available for SNAP clients in Grand Forks County who lost food due to July 8 storm-related power outages

July 10, 2018

Help available for SNAP clients in Sioux County who lost food due to July 7 storm-related power outages

July 9, 2018

Help available for SNAP (food stamp) clients in Eddy County who lost food due to power outages from Sunday's storm

July 2, 2018

Cooling assistance applications now being accepted from low-income seniors and other individuals with medical needs

June 29, 2018

Help available for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (food stamp) clients who lost food due to power outages from recent storm

June 22, 2018

ND Medicaid Advisory Committee to meet June 27 in Bismarck

June 22, 2018

Parents and others invited to comment on proposed changes as state renews its Medicaid autism spectrum disorder waiver

June 22, 2018

North Dakota State Hospital Governing Body to meet Monday

June 19, 2018

Governor's Prevention Advisory Council on Drugs and Alcohol to meet June 21

June 13, 2018

Victim service providers and public invited to June 18 training in Hettinger about elder abuse, neglect and financial explotation

June 11, 2018

Elder Abuse Awareness Day event is June 12 in Mandan; Speakers will talk about how to recognize and react to financial scams, abuse and neglect

June 5, 2018

Meeting on the Child Care Development Fund State Plan canceled

May 31, 2018

Human Services seeking comments on Child Care Development Fund

May 29, 2018

Families can apply for the Autism Spectrum Disorder Voucher program beginning June 1 for the upcoming fiscal year that starts July 1

May 21, 2018

Agency seeks public comments on new federally-required system verifying home health and personal care visits; Public meetings set in Fargo, Bismarck and Minot beginning this week

May 21, 2018

Human service center is opening satellite office in Valley City to meet area behavioral health needs

May 18, 2018

Agency seeks public input on Medicaid waiver serving people with intellectual or developmental disabilities (public meetings scheduled May 29-June 4)

May 14, 2018

Money Follows the Person grant stakeholder meeting to be held May 16 in Bismarck

May 11, 2018

Relative caregivers provide stability for children and maintain family connections

May 10, 2018

Seven regional human service center citizen advisory groups to meet in May

May 10, 2018

North Dakota Autism Spectrum Disorder Task Force to meet May 14; People can participate at nine state videoconferencing sites

April 30, 2018

Human Services seeks input on child welfare services in the Bismarck region through meeting and online surveys

April 27, 2018

Statewide Independent Living Council to meet May 2-3 in Grand Forks; Agenda includes speakers on fair housing and supported decision-making

April 24, 2018

Summer break means more children staying home alone; guidance on child supervision available for parents and caregivers

April 23, 2018

North Dakota Department of Human Services issues report on behavioral health system capacity - consultant to brief lawmakers on April 24

April 12, 2018

Regional child support offices will temporarily close April 24-26

April 11, 2018

Hundreds participate in A Day for Prevention to discuss ways to prevent substance abuse; several initiatives announced

April 10, 2018

Prevent Child Abuse North Dakota uses social media to promote Child Abuse Prevention Month activities and information

April 9, 2018

Vision rehabilitation specialists help people live independently

April 6, 2018

Speakers announced for A Day for Prevention next week

April 5, 2018

Public comments sought on employment program for low-income older adults

April 4, 2018

Third annual “Wear Blue Day” set for April 6; North Dakotans asked to break out their blues in support of child abuse and neglect prevention

April 2, 2018

State Rehabilitation Council to meet in Bismarck April 18-19

March 29, 2018

North Dakota communities hold events to support children and families during Child Abuse Prevention Month

March 29, 2018

Human Services seeks input on child welfare services in the Williston region through meeting and online surveys

March 27, 2018

Human Services announces changes to child care rules to enhance health and safety standards

March 23, 2018

North Dakota changes how it pays for services for people with developmental disabilities

March 22, 2018

Governor and First Lady invite North Dakotans to register and participate in A Day for Prevention on April 11

March 20, 2018

Advisory council on coordination of services for children with disabilities to meet March 22

March 15, 2018

Training for child caregivers and professionals who work with children and families to be held April 4-6 in Fargo

March 13, 2018

State Council on Developmental Disabilities to meet March 15 to review its budget, goals, available grant funding and upcoming work

March 9, 2018

North Dakota State Hospital Governing Body to meet Monday, March 12

March 8, 2018

Aging Services Division sponsors training March 27-28 for case managers and others who help adults remain living in their homes and communities

March 6, 2018

State Plan on Aging public hearings in Bismarck and New Town have been canceled; Individuals are encouraged to provide input by March 15 via online survey or by contacting the Aging Services Division. (See cancellation announcement for details.)

March 6, 2018

WEATHER- RELATED UPDATE: Corrected at 8 a.m. March 6 List of Department of Human Services' regional office closures and delayed openings. Clients reminded of crisis line information.

March 5, 2018

WEATHER-RELATED ANNOUNCEMENT UPDATE - 4:15 p.m.: Department of Human Services Offices closed statewide due to poor weather and road conditions. No evening programming will be held at the regional human service centers. Clients reminded of crisis line information.

March 5, 2018

WEATHER-RELATED ANNOUNCEMENT: Northeast Human Service Center and Grand Forks Child Support office closed at 1 p.m. today, March 5.

March 5, 2018

WEATHER-RELATED ANNOUNCEMENT (Updated 9:45 a.m.): Lake Region Human Service Center in Devils Lake and its satellite office in Rolla closed today; regional child support office in Devils Lake also closed today

March 5, 2018

WEATHER-RELATED ANNOUNCEMENT: Department of Human Services' weather-related office closures and delayed openings

March 2, 2018

Human Services announces Great Plains Area Indian Health Services signs care coordination agreements with two North Dakota Medicaid providers

Feb. 28, 2018

North Dakota Committee on Aging to meet March 9 in Bismarck

Feb. 21, 2018

State Plan on Aging public comment meeting in New Town rescheduled; Input sought at upcoming community meetings and via online survey

Feb. 16, 2018

North Dakota Behavioral Health Planning Council to meet Feb. 20 in Bismarck

Feb. 15, 2018

Human Services seeks comments on two Medicaid waivers that serve older adults and adults with physical disabilities and terminally ill children

Feb. 14, 2018

Conference highlights milestone anniversary of the Indian Child Welfare Act; provides training on child welfare topics to protect native families

Feb. 8, 2018

Agency holding statewide public hearings to update plan for providing services to older adults and people with physical disabilities

Feb. 8, 2018

ND Vocational Rehabilitation agency and state council hold public comment meeting on Feb. 27 on employment services for people with disabilities

Feb. 6, 2018

Autism Spectrum Disorder Task Force will meet on Feb. 12

Feb. 6, 2018

Money Follows the Person grant stakeholder meeting to be held Feb. 12 in Bismarck

Feb. 2, 2018

Agency holds public comment meeting on recommendations in report on Medicaid waiver services

Jan. 31, 2018

ND Medicaid advisory committee to meet Feb. 7 in Bismarck

Jan. 31, 2018

Council advising North Dakota on services supporting independent living of people with disabilities to meet Feb 7-8 in Bismarck

Jan. 26, 2018

Human Services seeks input on child welfare services in the Devils Lake region through meeting and online surveys

Jan. 23, 2018

Council working to coordinate services for children with disabilities to meet Thursday, Jan. 25

Jan. 22, 2018

ND departments of Human Services and Corrections and Rehabilitation set to launch new Free through Recovery program; hold training

Jan. 17, 2018

Agency seeks public comments on changes to Medicaid waiver serving children who are medically fragile

Jan. 16, 2018

Human Services seeks input on child welfare services in the Grand Forks region through meeting and online surveys

Jan. 11, 2018

WEATHER-RELATED ANNOUNCEMENT (Updated 11:30 a.m.): Department of Human Services offices in Grand Forks region are closed today, Jan. 11

Jan. 10, 2018

WEATHER CLOSURE ANNOUNCEMENT: Northeast Human Service Center and regional child support office in Grand Forks closed at 4 p.m. today, Jan. 10

Jan. 10, 2018

Advisory group for West Central Human Service Center is meeting Jan. 16 in Bismarck

Jan. 10, 2018

Badlands Human Service Center advisory group is meetings Thursday, Jan. 11 in Dickinson

Jan. 5, 2018

Grand Forks and Devils Lake regional human service centers to hold advisory group meetings early next week (Jan. 8 and 9)

Jan. 5, 2018

North Central Human Service Center advisory group to meet Monday, Jan. 8

Jan. 5, 2018

Human Services hosts substance abuse prevention training

 
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