During the 2019 legislative session, the Behavioral Health Division was allocated funds for the purposed 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.
The behavioral health school grant funding opportunity is being offered for the 2022-2023 school year. Applications for the first round of Behavioral Health School Grant Funding will be due February 15, 2023. After this date, eligible schools may apply for a second round of available funding if any remains. An email will be sent with further instructions.
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.
If you have any questions, please check out our frequently asked questions.
As of February 15, 2023, 23 eligible districts/special education units have applied for funding totaling $1,144,313.45. They include:
- West Fargo
- James River Special Education Cooperative
- Grand Forks
- Oliver-Mercer Special Education Unit
- Lake Region Special Education Unit
- South Valley Special Education Unit
- Rural Cass Special Education Unit
- Souris Valley Special Education Unit
- Griggs Steele Traill Special Education Unit
- East Central Special Education Unit including - New Rockford Sheyenne, Carrington, Fessenden-Bowdon, Pingree-Buchannan, Kensal, and Oberon
- Sheyenne-Valley Special Education Unit
Calls can be used to ask questions and collaborate with other districts/units across North Dakota. The schedule is subject to change in order to remain flexible and timely with updates. Feel free to make topic requests.
Training is virtual, second Thursday every month from 3-4pm CT.