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North Dakota Health and Human Services (HHS) Behavioral Health Division announced that Children’s Behavioral Health Service Grants are available through the System of Care initiative. The funding opportunity aims to support the development and implementation of community-based, youth and family driven, and culturally responsive services and supports for children, adolescents, and young adults with behavioral health conditions and their families. The System of Care grant initiative is prioritizing the implementation of intensive home and community-based services, including, intensive day treatment, care coordination, crisis services, and peer support. 


The Behavioral Health’s System of Care initiative serves children, youth and young adults with serious emotional disturbances, birth through age 21 and their families. The release of the funding opportunity represents an important milestone in expanding services that aim to support children and families at home, in school and in the community. 


The Children’s Behavioral Health Service Grants will support and empower regional and local innovation to address service and system gaps for children with serious emotional disturbances and their families. The grant is available to child-serving providers and entities including nonprofit organizations, family-run organizations, private behavioral health providers, public and private health care providers, schools, educational organizations, tribal organizations and other community-based, child-serving entities.  


Clinical Policy Director Dr. Shauna Eberhardt said, “This grant not only supports the enhancement and expansion of clinical services, but also gives us the opportunity to strengthen cross-system collaborations, improving our ability to better serve our state’s youth and their families.” 


The Behavioral Health Division intends to award grant funding to agencies and entities in the System of Care geographic areas including the ten counties served by West Central Human Service Center and six counties served by the Lake Region Human Service Center. These counties include Benson, Burleigh, Cavalier, Eddy, Emmons, Grant, Kidder, McLean, Mercer, Morton, Oliver, Ramsey, Rolette, Sheridan, Sioux and Towner. The geographic areas include four tribal nations: The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, Spirit Lake Nation, Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians and Mandan Hidatsa Arikara Nation.  


Children’s Behavioral Health Service Grants 

Visit System of Care | Health and Human Services North Dakota to review the notice of funding opportunity and learn how to apply for the service grants. The funding opportunity is made possible through the SOC grant provided by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). The use of funds will be guided by SAMHSA grant requirements.  


System of Care Initiative  

North Dakota Health and Human Services Behavioral Health Division was awarded a four-year SAMHSA System of Care Expansion and Sustainability Grant to enhance mental health outcomes for children and youth in September 2022. The SOC grant serves children, youth and young adults, birth through age 21 and their families. 


The purpose of the grant is to build and expand community-based behavioral health services and supports for children and youth at risk for or with SED and their families. North Dakota has two key goals for the System of Care grant: 


  1. To increase access to high-quality and culturally appropriate services and supports for children with serious emotional disturbances and their families in the identified regions. 

  1. To develop a sustainable infrastructure to support the System of Care approach for North Dakota children with serious emotional disturbances and their families. 


For more information about the Behavioral Health Division or service grants and the System of Care Initiative, visit www.hhs.nd.gov/behavioral-health/system-of-care or contact Katie Houle, khoule@nd.gov, (701) 328-8832, 711 (TTY).   


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