Mental Health

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First Episode Psychosis (FEP) Treatment Services

Approximately 100,000 individuals in the United States experience First Episode Psychosis each year. Coordinated specialty care can improve clinical and functional outcomes of those experiencing a first episode of psychosis.

Mental Health Block Grant

The Mental Health Block Grant helps North Dakota better address the needs of adults and children with serious mental illnesses and serious emotional disturbances through implementation of evidence-based mental health practices, data infrastructure, and technical assistance.

Mental Health Technician Certification

Certification helps to ensure that mental health technicians have a basic understanding of mental illness and treatment, allowing them to provide better service. Individuals billing Medicaid for case aide services must be certified as a mental health technician.

ND Brain Injury Services

It is estimated 3,693 individuals in North Dakota sustain a traumatic brain injury each year. Information and support is available to individuals with brain injury and family members to assist them with navigating the service system and finding the help they need.

ND Cares

ND Cares is a community-based effort to strengthen an accessible network of support for North Dakota military service members and their families.

ND Behavioral Health Planning Council

The ND Behavioral Health Planning Council evaluates the state’s behavioral health system, advocates, and advises the State of North Dakota regarding the overall behavioral health system of care.

Projects for Assistance in Transition from Homelessness (PATH)

National estimates indicate that as many as three percent of the U.S. population is homeless on any given night and 20-25 percent of those individuals have a serious mental illness. The PATH Program supports the delivery of outreach and services to individuals who are homeless and diagnosed with a serious mental illness.

Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facilities (PRTF) Licensing

The licensing of PRTFs by the Behavioral Health Division helps to ensure health and safety and compliance with minimum standards in care and treatment of all children placed in the facility.


A trauma-informed approach to the delivery of behavioral health services includes an understanding of trauma and an awareness of the impact it can have across settings, services, and populations.

Voluntary Treatment Program

The Voluntary Treatment Program (VTP) provides out-of-home treatment services for Medicaid-eligible children who have serious emotional disorders without parents having to give up custody to the courts or to social services.

2-1-1 Helpline

2-1-1 Helpline is a free and confidential service available 24 hours a day, seven days week helping individuals find local behavioral health resources.