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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

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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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What To Say When Someone's Struggling With Mental Illness

Even Marian Olson’s children didn’t know how to talk to her when she was in the depths of her depression and anxiety. Instead, the Moorhead woman’s son and daughter would go to her husband and ask what was wrong with Mom.


To read more click on article.




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Administration Issues Final Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Parity Rule


Article by JoNel Aleccia, NBC News

"Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced in Atlanta that the administration would later on Friday post the long-awaited rule establishing parity for mental health and substance use disorders, a key feature already implemented in the 2010 Affordable Care Act.

"This is the largest expansion of behavioral health coverage in a generation," Sebelius said.

The rule guarantees that health plans’ co-payments, limits on visits to providers and deductibles for mental health benefits match those for medical and surgical benefits. It also ensures equal treatment for residential and outpatient care, a long-sought benefit in the mental health community.

The rule could affect 62 million Americans, including about 23 million Americans who meet the criteria for substance abuse disorder, administration officials said."

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The US Department of Health and Human Services issued a News Release Friday, November 8, 2013, establishing parity for mental health and substance use disordersTo read about the new rule click on News Release.

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