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During the 2019 legislative session, the Behavioral Health Division was allocated funds for the purpose of providing behavioral health services and support grants to school districts to address student behavioral health needs. The appropriate for this effort can be reviewed in Section 23 of Senate Bill 2012.

School districts and Special Education Units that billed Medicaid for School-Based services during the previous school year are eligible to apply for School Grant Funding. Eligibility amounts are based on the previous school year's Medicaid Match received by the Department of Public Instruction.

Several changes to note for the 2023-2024 Behavioral Health School Grant Funding:

  • Applications for funding will be due no later than March 31, 2024, to ensure adequate time to expend funds during the contract period.
  • Each quarter, school districts or special education units will be required to submit the SFN 1763 request for funds, Quarterly Progress Report, and General Ledger detailing expenses covered by the Behavioral Health School Grant.
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The Behavioral Health School Grant application is now open for the 2023-2024 school year. Please visit the "Eligibility" tab to determine your school district or special education unit's allowable Grant dollars. Please see the forms section of the BHSG tabs below for the application and other applicable forms. If you have any questions, please contact Kayla Stastny at kastastny@nd.gov.

Guidance

Examples of How Grant Funds Can be Utilized

Students without insurance

  • Clinical behavioral health services for individuals not covered by Medicaid or other private insurance.

Students with insurance, but there are service/support gaps in coverage

  • Individuals who are insured, but insurance doesn’t cover required clinical or support services.
  • Transportation costs when a child/family is unable to access transportation or funding for transportation to and from services.

Prevention and early intervention services and supports

  • Prevention and early intervention (including emotional wellbeing promotion curriculums), to be reviewed and approved by the Behavioral Health Division prior to implementation.
  • Early intervention screenings and assessments (when not reimbursable through other means).

Examples of How Grant Funds CANNOT be Utilized

  • Any strategy related to or utilizing seclusion and/or restraint.
  • To pay for behavioral health services that are reimbursable through a third-party payer (Sanford, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Medicaid, Medicaid Expansion, etc.)
  • To pay for services or supports that are experimental or not evidence-based/best practices.
Frequently Asked Questions

If you have any questions, please check out our frequently asked questions.

Current Efforts

As of January 2024, 17 School Districts and/or Special Education Units have applied for Behavioral Health School Grant funding totaling $2,437,049.35. They include:

Bismarck

Carrington

Fargo

Grand Forks

GST Special Education Unit

James River Special Education Cooperative

Jamestown

Lake Region Special Education Unit

Mandan

Minot

Oliver-Mercer Special Education Unit

Rural Cass Special Education Unit

Sheyenne Valley Special Education Unit

Souris Valley Special Education Unit

South Valley Special Education Unit

Wahpeton

West Fargo

Training and Technical Assistance

For any training or technical assistance needs, please reach out to Kayla Stastny at kastastny@nd.gov or (701) 328-8982.

Eligibility Tools

Unit

Eligible Amount

Bismarck $343,578.55
Carrington $14,625.17
Dickinson $83,590.08
Fargo $396,930.46
Fessenden-Bowdon $11,115.22
Grand Forks $175,547.59
GST Special Education Cooperative $35,590.64
James River Special Education Cooperative $14,497.26
Jamestown $167,126.16
Kensal $86.68
Lake Region Special Education Unit $118,178.52
Mandan $154,481.10
Minot $255,672.33
New Rockford-Sheyenne $18,441.56
Oberon $227.54
Oliver-Mercer Special Education Unit $17,572.18
Pingree-Buchanan $283.87
Rural Cass Special Education Unit $70,115.97
Sheyenne Valley Special Education Unit $64,659.32
Souris Valley Special Education Unit $44,678.79
South Valley Special Education Unit $112,508.24
Upper Valley Special Education Unit $26,300.18
Wahpeton $129,260.47
West Fargo $687,731.54