Valley City Times-Record

North Dakotans invited to Dec. 8 discussion on ND’s progress on USDOJ settlement agreement to expand in-home care options for people with physical disabiliti­es


BISMARCK, N.D. – Interest in alternativ­es to nursing facility care is growing according to North Dakota Health and Human Services (HHS). During the first half of 2022, the agency’s Aging and Disability Resource Link was contacted by 6,839 individual­s seeking informatio­n about in-home and community-based support services. This almost equals the population of Watford City.

During that same period, agency programs and services enabled 2,893 North Dakotans with physical disabiliti­es to live at home with support services, and 62 others were able to move from nursing homes back to integrated community housing with necessary support.

HHS would like to serve more people at home in their communitie­s. However, a lack of accessible, affordable housing and in-home support service providers is preventing more North Dakotans with physical disabiliti­es from enjoying community living.

HHS is inviting adults with physical disabiliti­es, service providers, advocates and others to a discussion and listening session on Thursday, Dec. 8, 1-3 p.m. CT, to raise awareness about these challenges, focus on solutions and share recent accomplish­ments in the state’s efforts to expand access to in-home and community-based services.

Individual­s can attend the stakeholde­r meeting in-person or virtually. The in-person meeting will take place at HHS Prairie Hills Plaza offices at 1237 W. Divide Ave., Suite 6, in Bismarck. Attendees should enter through door No. 2.

Stakeholde­rs can join the meeting virtually from computers, mobile devices or by telephone at 701-3280950, Conference ID 443 450 472#. For details on joining online, see the Dec. 8 meeting notice at www.hhs.­ce.

During the public meeting, HHS Aging Services Section Director Nancy Maier will provide highlights from the state’s most recent six-month report to federal partners on its U.S. Department of Justice (USDOJ) Settlement Agreement implementa­tion. She will also review plan benchmarks for year three of the agreement and will brief participan­ts on HHS efforts to support and expand the caregiver workforce through a new qualified service provider support hub, a rate study and incentive grants.

In addition, Medicaid level of care annual redetermin­ation requiremen­ts will be discussed, along with the person-centered planning HHS team members use when working with individual­s who want to move from a nursing home back to communityl­iving or who want to remain living in the community but need support services. Planning is important to identify needs and available housing and support services options.

A North Dakota Housing Finance agency representa­tive will discuss the state housing needs assessment. The agenda also includes time for stakeholde­rs to ask questions, share concerns and make recommenda­tions about long-term support services and programs.

Individual­s who need disability accommodat­ions to participat­e in the stakeholde­r meeting can contact Michele Curtis at 701-328-8679, 711 (TTY) or

To find help with houseclean­ing, meal preparatio­n, nonmedical transporta­tion, personal care needs and other in-home and community-based services and support, North Dakotans can contact North Dakota’s Aging and Disability Resource Link toll-free at 855-462-5465, 711 (TTY) or by email at Individual­s can also apply online for services at https://carechoice. nd.assistguid­

In December 2020, North Dakota entered into an eight-year settlement agreement with USDOJ that is designed to ensure the state meets the requiremen­ts of Title II of the Americans with Disabiliti­es Act by providing services, programs and activities for individual­s with physical disabiliti­es in the most integrated setting appropriat­e to their needs. Learn more at­justice-settlement-agreement.

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