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  • State Residents with Disabilities and their Stakeholders Urged to Take Online Survey
     BISMARCK, N.D. -(Heather Steffl)– The North Dakota Department of Human Services is encouraging people with disabilities, their families and guardians, service providers and professionals, and advocates to participate in a short online survey now through June 2 to help identify gaps in Medicaid waiver services and opportunities to meet any unmet needs. Survey responses will provide important information about the current state of services and will guide discussion at an upcoming technical assistance meeting that is part of a department-requested comprehensive review of North Dakota’s existing Medicaid waiver programs. Key goals include reviewing eligibility and service criteria to determine if current practices and policies prevent some people who have disabilities from accessing needed services. The review will also help determine if some waiver recipients need additional types of services. “This review may lead to changes to an existing waiver or a new waiver, changes in criteria or services, or may also lead to recommendations to assure greater consistency in applying eligibility criteria statewide,” said the department’s Developmental Disabilities Division Director Tina Bay. Bay encouraged stakeholders to complete the online survey that will be open until June 2 at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/RPDFXTN. She said survey responses will also help determine if stakeholders think there are enough slots for each of the state’s six Medicaid waivers, and what gaps may exist in support services for individuals with multiple, complex needs, such as co-occurring behavioral health and developmental disability needs. The review is a joint effort involving the department’s developmental disabilities, aging services, medical services, and behavioral health divisions. After the review is completed, the department will consider recommendations and plan appropriate next steps to strengthen waiver services. North Dakota currently has an Autism waiver, Technology Dependent waiver, Aged and Disabled Home and Community-Based Services waiver, Developmental Disabilities waiver, Children’s Medically Fragile waiver, and Children’s Hospice waiver. A Medicaid waiver is a program authorized by federal law that funds in-home and community-based services for individuals who qualify and meet level of care requirements and other criteria described in the waiver. Individuals with questions can contact the Developmental Disabilities Division at 701-328-8930, ND Relay TTY 800-366-6888 or 711, or tbay@nd.gov.
  • WIC Announces Lower Income Eligibility Guidelines
     BISMARCK, N.D.-(Alysia Huck) – Income eligibility guidelines for the North Dakota Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) have increased based on changes in the federal poverty levels.  Effective May 1, 2017, a family of four can earn up to $3,793 each month (or $876 each week for the household) and still meet income eligibility requirements...
  • Water Main Break Reported in NW Jamestown
     JAMESTOWN – The Jamestown City Engineer's Office reports that due to a water main break, WATER SERVICE WILL BE TEMPORARILY SHUT OFF this morning for Utility repairs in the following areas: 1st Ave North between 10th & 12th St NW (North of Nickeus Park) Water outages will be temporary - water service will be resumed as soon as is possible.
  • Human Services Switches to New Debit Cards for Some Programs
     BISMARCK, N.D.-(LuWanna Lawrence) – Beginning June 1, the North Dakota Department of Human Services will be using new Way2Go Card® Debit Mastercard® cards to issue electronic payments to Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) clients, child care providers who participate in the Child Care Assistance Program, and parents who choose not to receive electronic child support payments through direct deposit. The new Way2Go Card® Debit Mastercard® replaces the ReliaCard® Visa® card...
  • Patrol Stops Reckless Driver Near Kathryn
     FARGO, N.D. – The Highway Patrol says a Grand Forks man was arrested near Kathryn, ND on Tuesday on multiple charges.Patrol Sgt. Luke Hendrickson reports a trooper responded to a call of a reckless driver traveling west on Highway 46 south of Kathryn. The trooper clocked the Honda SUV at 103 miles per hour. Thomas Wentz, Jr., 51, was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol and driving under suspension. He was also cited for speeding and open container.
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