Behavioral Health Planning Council to Meet December 19 in Bismarck to Prioritize Systemic Goal


The Behavioral Health Planning Council will meet Wednesday, Dec. 19, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. CT, to continue discussion on prioritizing the goals outlined in the 2018 North Dakota Behavioral Health System Study and to conduct other business. The council, which advises the North Dakota Department of Human Services on behavioral health services and issues, is meeting at the Job Service North Dakota building, 1601 E. Century Ave., in Bismarck.

The agenda includes a presentation by the North Dakota Department of Health on the advisory role for that agency’s federal five-year Health Resources and Services Administration grant. Afterwards, a representative from Human Services Research Institute (HSRI) will lead the strategic planning and goal setting discussion. 

Members will also hear presentations by advocates and an agency representative on the Medicaid Expansion reauthorization, the Mental Health Block Grant, and a First Episode Psychosis Program. Council members will also discuss Gov. Doug Burgum’s budget for behavioral health services.  

The council has reserved time for public comment on behavioral health services and issues from 3:45 to 4 p.m. The public is welcome to attend.