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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.

2019 News Releases
Sept. 18, 2019

State Council on Developmental Disabilities to discuss new law on supported decision-making when it meets Sept. 19 in Bismarck

Sept. 18, 2019

Human Services alerts Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program households of telephone scam

Sept. 17, 2019

Human Services holds community meetings to seek input on expanding behavioral health services for children and adults through a Medicaid state plan amendment

Sept. 11, 2019

North Dakota Behavioral Health Planning Council to meet Sept. 12

Sept. 9 2019

Coalition working to increase support for caregivers of older adults and individuals with disabilities of all ages to meet in Fargo on Sept. 12

Sept. 6 2019

North Dakota and tribal nations sign updated comprehensive agreements enhancing child welfare services for Native American children and families

Sept. 5 2019

Human service center is expanding behavioral health outreach services and redesigning transitional living services to better meet area residents' needs

Sept. 4, 2019

Agency seeks comments on changes to North Dakota Medicaid waiver services allowing older adults and people with physical disabilities to remain living in their homes and communities

Sept. 4, 2019

Lena’s Farmers Market in Rolla now accepting Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits

Aug. 28, 2019

Committee on Aging to discuss abuse later in life at Sept. 13 meeting

Aug. 28, 2019

Human Services seeks comments on amendments to the Medicaid autism spectrum disorder waiver

Aug. 23, 2019

ND Medicaid advisory committee to meet August 29 in Bismarck

Aug. 19, 2019

Peer support is a growing opportunity in North Dakota; training is being held this week in Bismarck

Aug. 14, 2019

North Dakota Brain Injury Advisory Council to meet Aug. 16 in Mandan

Aug. 14, 2019

Autism Task Force to meet August 19 to discuss legislation, behavior analyst licensing and education for stakeholders

Aug. 5, 2019

North Dakota State Hospital Governing Board to meet August 6

July 29, 2019

Behavioral Health Division hosts instructor training for minor in possession provider certification

July 19, 2019

Department of Human Services' behavioral health experts to offer demonstrations and lifesaving information at North Dakota State Fair

July 17, 2019

Speakers share information on building strong families, supporting families impacted by substance abuse and other child welfare topics at conference July 23-25 in Bismarck

July 15, 2019

Help available for SNAP (food stamp) clients in southwest North Dakota who lost food due to power outages from Friday’s storm

July 15, 2019

State Rehabilitation Council will meet July 16-17 in Bismarck

July 12, 2019

Health policy expert and economist Caprice Knapp named director of North Dakota Human Services' Medical Services Division

July 12, 2019

Local youth substance use prevention campaign funded by the North Dakota Department of Human Services gets national attention

July 9, 2019

Water damage temporarily closes agency's Off Main program in Fargo; some services are being moved to Southeast Human Service Center

July 9, 2019

Human Services announces next steps in processing fingerprint-based criminal background checks more quickly

July 2, 2019

Cooling assistance is available for low-income seniors and other individuals with medical needs

June 24, 2019

North Dakota Behavioral Health Planning Council to meet June 25 in Bismarck

June 14, 2019

Human Services contracts with Noridian Healthcare Solutions for North Dakota Medicaid Call Center

June 11, 2019

Elder Abuse Awareness Day event is June 20 in Bismarck; Speakers will talk about how to recognize and react to financial scams and abuse

June 6, 2019

Human Services hosts webinar on SNAP employment and training program, plans statewide expansion

June 5, 2019

North Dakota’s Medicaid claims and payment system receives federal certification

June 3, 2019

Southeast Human Service Center in Fargo is expanding its walk-in hours for behavioral health assessments

May 30, 2019

Agency co-hosts summit June 18 on unpaid family caregivers' needs and improving access to respite services

May 29, 2019

Regional vocational rehabilitation offices in Devils Lake and Grand Forks co-locate to Job Service North Dakota offices to better serve clients

May 29, 2019

Families can apply for Autism Spectrum Disorder Voucher Program services beginning June 1, 2019

May 28, 2019

Human Services announces plans to continue helping people transition from institutional care settings to community living

May 21, 2019

Human Services partners with Prairie St. John's to provide First Episode Psychosis services in North Dakota

May 17, 2019

North Dakota State Hospital Governing Board to meet May 20

May 17, 2019

Human Services awards State Opioid Response grant funding to communities to continue addressing the opioid crisis

May 17, 2019

May is Children's Foster Care Month

May 15, 2019

ND Medicaid advisory committee to meet May 21 in Bismarck

May 14, 2019

Stakeholder group that provides guidance on helping people transition from institutional care to community living to meet May 15 in Bismarck

May 10, 2019

Human Service Centers host regional advisory group meetings in May

May 10, 2019

Autism Task Force to meet May 13 to discuss legislation, survey results and more

May 8, 2019

Department of Human Services, in collaboration with ND Cares Coalition, hosts first Military Peer Support Training

May 6, 2019

Governor's Prevention Advisory Council on Drugs and Alcohol to meet May 7

April 23, 2019

Human Services continues work towards reducing turnaround time of criminal background checks for licensed and regulated child care providers

April 23, 2019

Agency shares information about changes to long-term care residents' rights law that address authorized electronic monitoring and privacy

April 12, 2019

WEATHER-RELATED ANNOUNCEMENT: Department of Human Services offices in Fargo closed today; offices in Jamestown and Valley City to delay opening until 10 a.m.

April 11, 2019

WEATHER-RELATED ANNOUNCEMENT: Department of Human Services offices in Fargo and Valley City close early today due to poor weather and road conditions

April 10, 2019

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

April 3, 2019

Committee on Aging to meet April 5 to discuss assistive technology, legislative developments and other issues

March 29, 2019

Keeping children safe and supporting families is the focus of community events being held during Child Abuse Prevention Month in April

March 26, 2019

Department's Behavioral Health Division to conduct Statewide Community Readiness Survey

March 15, 2019

Residents of the Williston region encouraged to participate in survey about services for people with autism spectrum disorder

March 15, 2019

Task force encourages Devils Lake area residents to participate in survey about services for people with autism spectrum disorder

March 14, 2019

WEATHER-RELATED ANNOUNCEMENT: Department of Human Services offices in Devils Lake, Fargo, Grand Forks, Jamestown, Rolla and Valley City are closed today, March 14. West Centeral Human Service Center will open at noon today to serve clients (7:30 a.m. Update)

March 13, 2019

WEATHER-RELATED ANNOUNCEMENT: Department of Human Services offices in Fargo, Grand Forks, Jamestown and Valley City will be closed Thursday, March 14 (8 p.m. Update)

March 13, 2019

ND Family Based Services Conference to be held March 26-29 in Fargo

March 12, 2019

Drug overdose deaths decrease in North Dakota; prevention, treatment and recovery support efforts remain crucial

March 11, 2019

North Dakota Behavioral Health Planning Council to meet March 14; agenda includes updates on strategic plan implementation and legislative action

Feb. 14, 2019

Task force invites North Dakotans to participate in survey about services for people with autism spectrum disorder

Feb. 13, 2019

Baumgarn promoted to lead Lake Region Human Service Center in Devils Lake

Feb. 11, 2019

Qualifying low-income North Dakotans to receive March Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits on March 1

Feb. 8, 2019

WEATHER-RELATED ANNOUNCEMENT (7:15 AM UPDATE): Department of Human Services offices in Fargo, Jamestown and Valley City to open at 10 a.m. today, Feb. 8

Feb. 7, 2019

WEATHER-RELATED ANNOUNCEMENT (8:30 AM UPDATE): Department of Human Services office in Valley City closed today, Feb. 7

Feb. 7, 2019

WEATHER-RELATED ANNOUNCEMENT (7 AM UPDATE): Department of Human Services offices in Fargo and GF CLOSED today. Jamestown and Valley City offices to delay opening

Feb. 4, 2019

WEATHER-RELATED ANNOUNCEMENT (10 AM UPDATE): Department of Human Services offices in Devils Lake, Grand Forks and Minot regions closed today, Feb. 2, due to snowfall and hazardous driving conditions

Jan. 31, 2019

Autism services enrollment and expenditures to be discussed at Feb. 4 state task force meeting

Jan. 29, 2019

WEATHER-RELATED ANNOUNCEMENT: Department of Human Services offices in Devils Lake, Fargo, Grand Forks, Jamestown, Rolla and Valley City will be closed Wednesday, Jan. 30

Jan. 29, 2019

Indian Child Welfare and Wellness Conference to be held in New Town Feb. 12-14

Jan. 29, 2019

WEATHER-RELATED ANNOUNCEMENT: West Central Human Service Center in Bismarck cancels all evening treatment programming tonight, Jan. 29

Jan. 29, 2019

WEATHER-RELATED ANNOUNCEMENT: Human Services offices in Fargo and Grand Forks to close at 3 p.m. today, Jan. 29

Jan. 27, 2019

WEATHER RELATED ANNOUNCEMENT: Human Services offices in Devils Lake, Rolla, Jamestown and Valley City to open at 10 a.m. on Jan. 28

Jan. 24, 2019

UPDATE: Human Services offices in Devils Lake, Grand Forks, Fargo and Jamestown to open at 10 a.m. today, Jan. 24

Jan. 23, 2019

Human Services weather-related announcements: Devils Lake, Grand Forks and Fargo offices to open 2 hours late (at 10 a.m.) on Thursday, Jan. 24

Jan. 15, 2019

ND to issue February Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits early to qualifying households

Jan. 7, 2019

North Dakota launches Dual Status Youth Initiative to better serve those in the child welfare and juvenile justice systems

Jan. 1, 2019

Update: North Central Human Service Center and regional Vocational Rehabilitation office in Minot will re-open at noon tomorrow, Jan. 3

Jan. 1, 2019

North Central Human Service Center and regional Vocational Rehabilitation office in Minot closed today due to water main break

 
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