North Dakota Behavioral Health Vision 20/20

Behavioral Health

Realizing North Dakotans’ vision of a good, modern, and equitable behavioral health system

HSRI is supporting the North Dakota Behavioral Health Planning Council to engage in coordinated, data-driven system transformation activities based on the recommendations from the 2018 Behavioral Health System Study. Working with stakeholders - including service users and families, advocates, providers, administrators, and other North Dakotans - we're helping the state set its course for ongoing system monitoring, planning, and improvements in the long term.

The 2018 Study

In 2017-2018, with the help of individuals and groups around the state, HSRI conducted an analysis of North Dakota’s behavioral health system. As part of the work, we held focus groups and community listening sessions and conducted interviews around the state. In April 2018, HSRI issued its final report, detailing findings and providing 13 major recommendations for improvement.

Moving Forward

Led by the Behavioral Health Planning Council and endorsed by the Department of Human Services and the Governor’s office, North Dakota is creating a strategic plan for systems change grounded in the findings and recommendations of the 2018 study and ongoing stakeholder conversations. This process resulted in a targeted set of 2019 Strategic Goals that will support focused systems change efforts in the coming year.

Recommendations & Strategic Goals

The HSRI recommendations were based on our quantitative and qualitative analysis, principles for a 'good and modern' behavioral health system, and North Dakotans’ vision for system change. Based on those recommendations, we have drafted a list of 140 strategic goals to enhance and improve all aspects of the state’s behavioral health system in the years to come.

Opportunities for Input

As the planning process moves forward, we'll be reaching out to people involved in the public health system to gauge their priorities and gather feedback. We'll include surveys and other links on this page so you can get involved. You can also join our mailing list to receive project updates.

Acting on a Shared Vision

With the input of stakeholders, the coordination of multiple groups and initiatives, and strategic goals, we can help to maximize resources and initiate action for change.

Monitoring Progress, Sustaining Action

An important element of the work is the development of procedures to monitor progress, troubleshoot problems, and initiate future improvements.

Survey: Prioritizing Goals

In December 2018, we surveyed North Dakotans to understand which strategic goals they saw as having the highest priority. In all, 570 people took the survey. Check out the survey results to learn more about what they saw as the most pressing issues for the behavioral health system. Thank you to those who took the survey!.

Funding for the Project

North Dakota's Department of Human Services is funding this project.

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Voices from the North Dakota community

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Voices from the North Dakota community

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Voices from the North Dakota community

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Voices from the North Dakota community

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Voices from the North Dakota community

A wide range of organizations have voiced their commitment to behavioral health systems change by endorsing this initiative:

  • Beyond Shelter, Inc.
  • Bismarck Police Department and Police Youth Bureau
  • Centre, Inc.
  • Charles Hall Youth Services
  • City-County Health District
  • Clarion Counseling & Consulting
  • Community Medical Services
  • Consumer Family Network
  • County Social Services (see list below)
  • Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch
  • Dakota Family Services
  • Dickey Sargent Housing Authority
  • Ehrens Consulting
  • Family Voices of North Dakota
  • First District Health Unit
  • First Step Recovery – Fargo
  • Grand Forks Housing Authority
  • Grand Forks Public Health Department
  • Great Plains Housing Authority
  • Heartview Foundation
  • Lake Region Human Service Center
  • Lutheran Social Services of North Dakota
  • Mental Health Advocacy Network
  • Mental Health America of North Dakota
  • Native American Development Center
  • North Central Human Service Centers
  • North Dakota Behavioral Health Planning Council
  • North Dakota Brain Injury Network
  • North Dakota County Directors
  • North Dakota Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation
  • North Dakota Department of Health
  • North Dakota Department of Human Services
  • North Dakota Department of Public Instruction
  • North Dakota Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health
  • North Dakota Housing Finance Agency
  • North Dakota Medical Association
  • North Dakota National Guard
  • North Dakota Office of Recovery Reinvented
  • North Dakota Primary Care Office
  • North Dakota Public Health Association
  • North Dakota State Association of City and County Health Officials
  • North Dakota State Hospital
  • North Dakota USDA/Rural Development Supports
  • Northeast Human Service Center
  • Northwest Human Service Center
  • PATH ND
  • Prairie Harvest Mental Health
  • Prairie St. John’s
  • Protection & Advocacy Project
  • ShareHouse, Inc.
  • Southeast Human Service Center
  • St. Thomas Counseling Center
  • Transition Care Management
  • University of North Dakota Center for Rural Health
  • U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development, North Dakota Field Office
  • Valley Community Health Centers in Grand Forks and Larimore
  • Wells County District Health Unit
  • West Central Human Service Center
  • Youthworks of North Dakota

County Social Services

  • Agassiz Valley-Steele and Traill County Social Services
  • Barnes County Social Services
  • Bowman/Slope County Social Services
  • Bottineau County Social Services
  • Burleigh County Social Services
  • Cass County Social Services
  • Central Prairie - Wells, Eddy, Foster County Social Services
  • Dakota Central - Sheridan, McLean, Oliver, Mercer County Social Services
  • Dickey County Social Services
  • Divide County Social Services
  • Emmons County Social Services
  • Grand Forks County Social Services
  • Grant County Social Services
  • Kidder County Social Services
  • Lake Social Services -Towner and Ramsey
  • Lamoure County Social Services
  • Logan County Social Services
  • McKenzie County Social Services
  • Morton County Social Services
  • Mountrail County Social Services
  • Nelson and Griggs District Health
  • Pembina and Cavalier County Social Services
  • Ransom County Social Services
  • Richland County Social Services
  • Rolette County Social Services
  • Sargent County Social Services
  • Sioux County Social Services
  • Stark County Social Services
  • Stutsman County Social Services
  • Ward County Social Services
  • Williams County Social Services

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