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Mental Health America of North Dakota

Mental Health America of North Dakota

Mental Health America of North Dakota

Mental Health America of North Dakota

Mental Health America of North Dakota

Mental Health America of North Dakota

Mental Health America of North Dakota

Mental Health America of North Dakota

Mental Health America of North Dakota

Mental Health America of North Dakota

Mental Health America of North Dakota

Mental Health America of North Dakota

Mental Health America of North Dakota

Mental Health America of North Dakota

News

Shameful Profiling of the Mentally Ill

By Andrew Solomon:The New York Times

Published: December 7, 2013

A Canadian woman was denied entry to the United States last month because she had been hospitalized for depression in 2012. Ellen Richardson could not visit, she was told, unless she obtained “medical clearance” from one of three Toronto doctors approved by the Department of Homeland Security. Endorsement by her own psychiatrist, which she could presumably have obtained more efficiently, “would not suffice.” She had been en route to New York, where she had intended to board a cruise to the Caribbean.

To read more click here.

 

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USDA Announces Support for Mental Health Facilities in Rural Areas

 

Department sets goal of $50 million investment as part of President Obama’s effort to help improve access and treatment for mental health problems.

WASHINGTON, Dec. 10, 2013 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that the U. S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has set a goal of investing up to $50 million to increase access to mental health care in rural areas over the next three years.  The funding will be used for the construction, expansion, or equipping of rural mental health facilities and will be provided through the Community Facilities direct loan program.  USDA’s effort to provide better mental health care in rural areas is part of President Obama’s ongoing commitment to address mental illness.

“We need to be sure that every American has access to quality mental health services, including Americans living in rural areas,” said Vilsack.  “As part of the Obama Administration’s effort to expand access to treatment for those suffering from mental health problems, USDA investments in mental health care facilities will reduce the difficulty many rural families face in accessing mental health help.  These funds can also help expand and improve upon the services already offered by mental health facilities in rural communities, many of which increasingly are focused on helping military veterans.”

Today’s funding announcement builds on key steps the Administration has already taken to reduce the stigma associated with seeking help for mental illness, and to ensure that millions more individuals have health insurance that covers mental health and substance use disorder services at parity with medical and surgical benefits.

Ensuring rural Americans have access to quality health care is a top priority for USDA. This year, USDA invested more than $649 million in 130 rural health care facilities – serving nearly 3.2 million rural residents. These investments included critical access hospitals, rural health clinics, psychiatric hospitals, mental health care facilities, group homes for people with disabilities, assisted living facilities, nursing homes, and vocation and medical rehabilitation facilities. USDA is also investing in innovative healthcare technologies such as telemedicine, to further expand access to health care services throughout rural America. 

President Obama's plan for rural America has brought about historic investment and resulted in stronger rural communities. Under the President's leadership, these investments in housing, community facilities, businesses and infrastructure have empowered rural America to continue leading the way – strengthening America's economy, small towns and rural communities. USDA's investments in rural communities support the rural way of life that stands as the backbone of our American values.
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USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer. To file a complaint of discrimination, write: USDA, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Ave., SW, Washington, DC 20250-9410 or call (866) 632-9992 (Toll-free Customer Service), (800) 877-8339 (Local or Federal relay), (866) 377-8642 (Relay voice users).


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Pictures from the 28th Annual Celebration of Lights in Fargo

 

Celebration of Lights, Fargo ND, December 5, 2013


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Pictured left to right are Susan Helgeland, Executive Director of Mental Health America of ND (MHAND), and Bonnie Lyczewski, member of the Myrt Armstrong Center (MARC).  Bonnie is reading the Tree of Hope poem at the Celebration of Lights event in Fargo, ND.


 

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Pictured left to right are Bonnie Lyczewski, member of the Myrt Armstrong Center (MARC), Susan Helgeland, Executive Director of Mental Health America of ND (MHAND) and former Governor George Sinner.


 
To purchase lights for the Celebration of Lights trees click here.




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Native Voices


Hi Everyone,

The web site below features an introduction (02:45 min) and an overview (06:32 min) from the National Library of Medicine about Native American views of health care and illness.

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/nativevoices/overview.html

Donald A. B. Lindberg, MD, is the Director of the National Library of Medicine and staged an exhibit at Cankdeska Cikana Community College, Spirit Lake, ND this week.  You may notice the Three Affiliated Tribes Minne-Tohe Health Center is depicted briefly in the introduction.




John M. Graham

Education-Clinical Coordinator
North Dakota Western AHEC

 

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Apply for North Dakota's new Medicaid Expansion Coverage


NEWS from the North Dakota Department of Human Services

600 East Boulevard Avenue, Bismarck ND 58505


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


December 5, 2013

Contacts: Heather Steffl, Public Information Manager, 701-328-4933, or LuWanna Lawrence, Public Information Officer, 701-328-1892

People can apply by phone, online, or paper form for North Dakota’s new Medicaid Expansion coverage.

BISMARCK, N.D. – Low-income North Dakotans can now apply for the state’s new Medicaid Expansion health care coverage by calling toll free 1-855-794-7308 and providing the requested information.

The N.D. Department of Human Services has contracted with Automated Health Systems (AHS) to handle telephone applications for the Medicaid Expansion coverage that becomes available January 1, 2014. The company’s call center is assisting North Dakota by confidentially entering application information and processing eligibility determinations.

North Dakotans can also apply online or by paper application. To apply online, individuals should go to http://apply.dhs.nd.gov and use their desktop or laptop computer to download, complete, save, and submit the fillable PDF form. The form cannot be completed and submitted on mobile devices such as tablets and smartphones. Paper applications are available through the department and at any county social service offices. Contact information is online at www.nd.gov/dhs/locations/countysocialserv.

Applicants will be notified about their eligibility after their application is processed. Those who do not qualify for traditional Medicaid coverage or Medicaid Expansion coverage will need to explore private coverage options through the Federal Health Insurance Marketplace or by consulting a licensed insurance agent or broker. Federally-approved application assisters called Navigators and Certified Application Counselors can help people seeking private insurance coverage through the federal marketplace. Their contact information is on the Web at https://localhelp.healthcare.gov.

Medicaid Expansion coverage is different than North Dakota’s traditional Medicaid coverage that serves qualifying low-income children, their adult caregivers, pregnant women, and individuals with disabilities including the aged and blind. Expanded Medicaid is available to a broader group of individuals under the age of 65 with household incomes up to 138 percent of the Federal Poverty Level, who do not qualify for Medicare or Supplemental Security Income. Qualifying income information is online at www.nd.gov/dhs/medicaidexpansion.
North Dakota lawmakers approved the expansion of Medicaid during the 2013 Legislative Assembly. There is no deadline to apply for Medicaid coverage. 

For information about the Medicaid Expansion, visit www.nd.gov/dhs/medicaidexpansion or contact the N.D. Department of Human Services Medical Services Division at 600 East Boulevard Avenue - Dept. 325, Bismarck, ND 58505, (701) 328-2321, toll-free (877) 543-7669, ND Relay TTY (800) 366-6888, or e-mail dhsmed@nd.gov.



Heather Steffl

Public Information Manager
N.D. Department of Human Services
701-328-4933 / hsteffl@nd.gov / www.nd.gov/dhs

 

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