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2021 Special Session Testimony

Testimony by N. D. Department of Human Services staff members is posted by committee and listed by date.

House Appropriations Committee

Bill Number Date Presented Presenter Testimony Subject
HB 1506 Nov. 8, 2021 Jonathan Alm, Legal Unit Sections 4 - 15

Senate Appropriations Committee

Bill Number Date Presented Presenter Testimony Subject
HB 1506 Nov. 9, 2021 Jonathan Alm, Legal Unit Sections 4 - 15

2021-2022 Interim Testimony

Testimony by N. D. Department of Human Services staff members before Legislative Interim Committees is listed below. Testimony is posted by committee, and is listed by date. For convenience, presenter and subject information is included.

Detailed information about committees, upcoming meetings, and more is listed on the Legislative Branch website at http://www.legis.nd.gov/.

List By Committee:

Acute Psychiatric Treatment Committee

Department Testimony
April 28, 2022 Rosalie Etherington, Chief Clinics Officer/North Dakota State Hospital Superintendent Data on critical access hospitals providing telepsychiatry behavioral health services and mobile crisis response services; Agreements between critical access hospitals and mobile crisis units for telehealth crisis services and Southeast Human Service Center regarding acute psychiatric hospital and residential care services and programs available and any recommendations of additional services and needs
Jan. 20, 2022 Brad Brown, West Central Human Service Center

Acute psychiatric hospital and residential care services and programs available and any recommendations of additional services and needs

Jan. 20, 2022 Krista Fremming, Medical Services Division

Status of an institutions for mental disease waiver for North Dakota tribal entities

Jan. 20, 2022 Rosalie Etherington, Chief Clinics Officer/North Dakota State Hospital Superintendent

Percentage and total utilization of State Hospital beds and facilities; data relating to the number of individuals referred by the courts for assessment at human service centers and the number of individuals sentenced or released to receive treatment at the State Hospital or human service centers; and the number of individuals from Jamestown and Devils Lake and the surrounding areas who receive acute care services at the State Hospital, including the cost of providing the services

Oct. 25, 2021 Rosalie Etherington, Chief Clinics Officer/North Dakota State Hospital Superintendent

Bed capacity and utilization of the State Hospital, including buildings currently occupied, buildings no longer in service, behavioral health services provided, and future bed capacity and utilization needs of the State Hospital and patients

Sept. 28, 2021 Dr. Bevin Croft, Human Services Research Institute

North Dakota Behavioral Health Strategic Plan

Sept. 28, 2021 Rosalie Etherington, Chief Clinics Officer/North Dakota State Hospital Superintendent

Cost, benefit and need of implementing a behavioral health bed management system and the status of the system's implementation

July 29, 2021 Caprice Knapp, Medical Services Division

Institutions of Mental Diseases Concept and Process Overview

July 29, 2021 Rosalie Etherington, Chief Clinics Officer/North Dakota State Hospital Superintendent

Public inpatient and outpatient public behavioral health services

July 29, 2021 Pamela Sagness, Behavioral Health Division

Behavioral Health Services

Administrative Rules Committee

Department Testimony
     

Budget Section

Department Testimony
March 30, 2022 Chris Jones, Executive Director Presentation by representatives of the State Department of Health and Department of Human Services of an update regarding the integration of the departments and the proposed organizational chart for the new department
Sept. 30, 2021 Pamela Sagness, Behavioral Health Division Status of the substance use disorder voucher program

Education Policy Committee

Department Testimony
     

Employee Benefits Programs Committee

Department Testimony
     

Government Administration Committee

Department Testimony
     

Government Finance Committee

Department Testimony
April 27, 2022 Marcie Wuitschick, Human Resources Classification and reclassification requests since July 1, 2020, under the revised classification system, including the reasons for the changes and the costs and benefits of the changes; and comments on the revised classification system

Health Care Committee

Department Testimony
March 2, 2022 Krista Fremming, Medical Services Division Medicaid reimbursement for community health workers and tribal communities
Dec. 16, 2021 Brendan Joyce, Medical Services Division Medical assistance pharmacy services

Human Services Committee

Department Testimony
April 27, 2022 Nancy Nikolas-Maier, Adult and Aging Services Division

Update on increased access to home and community-based services

April 27, 2022 Heather Brandt, Behavioral Health Division

Permanent supportive housing services

April 27, 2022 Holly Triska-Dally, State Refugee Coordinator

Refugee resettlement program

April 27, 2022 Kay Larson, Early Childhood Division

Early childhood programs

April 27, 2022 Caprice Knapp, Medical Services Division

Current status of the federal public health emergency

April 27, 2022 Amber Huez, Medical Services Division

DHS quality strategy

April 27, 2022 Chris Jones, DHS Executive Director

Status of the integration of the Department of Health and Department of Human Services

April 27, 2022 Sara Stolt, DHS Chief Operating Officer

Options for human service zones to opt in to state employment

April 27, 2022 Jessica Thomasson, Family Stability and Community Inclusion

Options to remove the "benefit cliff" from public assistance programs

Jan. 11, 2022 LeeAnn Thiel, Medical Services Division

Update on the status of the development of a revised payment methodology for basic care facilities pursuant to Section 60 of House Bill No. 1012 (2021)

Jan. 11, 2022 Monica Haugen, Behavioral Health Division

Federal Medicaid 1915(i) state plan amendment, including recent changes to the amendment

Jan. 11, 2022 Brendan Joyce, Medical Services Division

Pharmacy services provided through the Medicaid program, including high-cost drugs

Jan. 11, 2022 Cory Pedersen, Children & Family Services Division

Youth shelter and residential facilities

Jan. 11, 2022 Dr. Nizar Wehbi, State Health Officer and Chris Jones, DHS Executive Director

Department of Health and Department of Human Services Integration update

Jan. 11, 2022 Caprice Knapp, Medical Services Division

Update regarding the transition to a new vendor for the Medicaid Expansion program and an update regarding the federal COVID-19 public health emergency, including program and funding changes when the health emergency ends

Jan. 11, 2022 Sara Stolt, DHS Chief Operating Officer

Status of the development of a process for the payment of indirect costs to human service zones and status of developing a process to transition human service zone employees to state employment (opt-in)

Oct. 21, 2021 Michele Gee, Economic Assistance Division

Regarding income and asset limits for public assistance programs, state's median income and federal poverty levels, andTANF JOBS and SNAP employment and training program (HCR 3013)

Oct. 21, 2021 Kay Larson, Early Childhood Division

Report on program for four-year-olds (Best in Class) and DHS Early Childhood Division

Oct. 21, 2021 Holly Triska-Dally, State Refugee Coordinator

Refugee resettlement in the state

Oct. 21, 2021 Jodi Hulm, Medical Services Division

Regarding enrollment statistics and costs of the children's health insurance program state plan

Oct. 21, 2021 Jodi Hulm, Medical Services Division

Information regarding children referred for services through the Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnostic, and Treatment program but who do not receive treatment

Oct. 21, 2021 Sara Stolt, Chief Operating Officer

Study of DHS and human service zone employee compensation

Aug. 3, 2021 Tina Bay, Developmental Disabilities Division

Developmental Disabilities System Reimbursement Project

Aug..3, 2021 Jodi Hulm, Medical Services Division

Overview of the Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnostic, and Treatment program and an update on the department's study of the program

Aug. 3, 2021 Sara Stolt, Chief Operating Officer

Refugee services

Aug. 3, 2021 Chris Jones, DHS Executive Director and Dr. Nizar Wehbi, State Health Officer

Department of Health and Department of Human Services integration update

Aug. 3, 2021 Jessica Thomasson, Family Stability and Community Inclusion

Early Childhood Services

Aug. 3, 2021 Michele Gee, Economic Assistance Division

Public assistance programs that limit the number of hours worked or the amount of income that may be received, including whether the limitations are imposed by state or federal laws

Aug. 3, 2021 Krista Fremming, Medical Services Division

Overview of the autism spectrum disorder waiver and autism spectrum disorder voucher programs

Aug. 3, 2021 Tina Bay, Developmental Disabilities Division

Overview of developmental disabilities and the developmental disabilities system in the state including eligibility criteria and screening process

Aug. 3, 2021 Sara Stolt, Chief Operating Officer

Overview of human service zones, information about compensation disparities, and employee benefits

Information Technology Committee

Department Testimony
Oct. 21, 2021 Carmen Traeholt, Early Childhood Division Child Care Licensing system and web portal

Interim Senate Appropriations Committee

Department Testimony
Oct. 12, 2021

Caprice Knapp, Jessica Thomasson, Rosalie Etherington and Pamela Sagness, Executive Policy Directors

Proposals to use funds for information technology and other purposes (108)

Oct. 12, 2021

Pamela Sagness, Behavioral Health Executive Policy Director

Proposals to use funds for other purposes - Community behavioral health recommendations (111)

Oct. 12, 2021

Jessica Thomasson, Family Stability and Community Inclusion Executive Policy Director

Proposals to use funds for other purposes - Child care recommendations (112 and 113)

Judiciary Committee

Department Testimony
March 3, 2022 Cory Pedersen, Children & Family Services Division Shelter care services for children and youth
Oct. 5, 2021 Pamela Sagness, Behavioral Health Division Mental health services available for youth

Legislative Audit and Fiscal Review Committee

Department Testimony
     

Taxation Committee

Department Testimony
     

Tribal and State Relations Committee

Department Testimony
Feb. 8, 2022 Pamela Sagness, Behavioral Health Division State and tribal behavioral health partnerships
Feb. 8, 2022 Cory Pedersen, Children and Family Services Division State and tribal child welfare partnerships

Archive

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