• 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.
  • Only Official Candidate on Valley City Ballot Wins Handily
    P { margin-bottom: 0.08in; } VALLEY CITY – Talk of a write-in candidate surge in the Valley City Commission special election on Tuesday failed to produce results as the only official candidate on the ballot won by a large margin. Unofficial results showed Ross Powell earned 415 of the 477 votes that were cast...
  • Atonement Lutheran Supports Homeless Coalition
     L to R: Cassie DuBray, Pastor Jamie Desai, Pastor Susan Haukaas, Tonya Perkins and Jerry Bergquist (submitted) JAMESTOWN, ND -(Cassie DuBray) - Jamestown’s Atonement Lutheran Church recently donated a contribution of $2,667.50 to the South Central Homeless Coalition (ND Region VI) for assistance in purchasing diapers and wipes for regional food pantries. The Coalition is so thankful to Atonement Lutheran for the generous contribution to helping WIPE OUT the diaper need in our region. Diapers and Wipes were special ordered and purchased from Hugo’s Family Marketplace...
  • Leaks Reported Along Dakota Access Pipeline
     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The $3.8 billion Dakota Access pipeline and a feeder line leaked more than 100 gallons (380 liters) of oil in North Dakota in March.A state Health Department database shows 84 gallons (320 liters) spilled at a pipeline terminal in Watford City March 3. Dakota Access developer Energy Transfer Partners says the line is operated by a connecting shipper.An agency of the federal Department of Transportation reports that 20 gallons (75 liters) leaked March 5 at an above-ground Dakota Access station in rural Mercer County. Both spills have been cleaned up.The pipeline also leaked 84 gallons of oil at a rural pump station in South Dakota on April 4.
  • State Announces Project Safe Send Dates for this Summer
     BISMARCK-(Michelle Mielke) – Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring says farmers, ranchers, pesticide dealers and applicators, government agencies and homeowners should bring any unusable pesticides to any of the 12 Project Safe Send collections in July and August. “Over the past 25 years, thousands of people have brought 4.3 million pounds of these chemicals to Project Safe Send,” Goehring said...
  • Nathan's and Curtis Hot Dogs Recalled for Reports of Metal
     CINCINNATI  (AP) - The company that makes Nathan's and Curtis hot dogs is recalling more than 200,000 pounds of the products after getting complaints of metal found in the packages.John Morrell and Co., of Cincinnati, Ohio, said it had gotten three complaints and notified the federal government Friday...
  • Crews will Flush Fire Hydrants in NE and NW Jamestown
     JAMESTOWN - The Jamestown City Engineer's office announced that City crews will begin flushing fire hydrants on Tuesday, May 23,  in the NE & NW areas.They will continue the work throughout the City during normal working hours until completed.  Please be aware of the possibility of lowered water pressure when flushing of hydrants occurs in the various areas.
  • Jamestown Continues Information Sessions on Curbside Recycling and Pay as You Throw
     JAMESTOWN, ND (Joan Morris) – In preparation for the implementation of the City of Jamestown’s residential recycling and a “Pay as You Throw” landfill trash billing program, the following public education sessions have been scheduled:May 26, 2017 – 12:00 Noon – City Hall June 3, 2017 – 1:00 PM – City Hall June 5, 2017 – 1:00 PM – James River Senior Center June 8, 2017 – 7:00 PM – City Hall June 12, 2017 – 5:00 PM - James River Senior Center One of the sessions will be recorded and shown repeatedly by CSI and Daktel. These meetings will use a power point presentation explaining in detail the programs...
  • Jamestown School District Holding a Town Hall Meeting on a School Referendum
    P { margin-bottom: 0.08in; }JAMESTOWN, ND -(submitted) – The Jamestown Public Schools Citizen’s Advisory Committee has taken shape and invites the community to a town hall meeting on May 18...
  • Blue Jay Soccer Honoring the Military
     JAMESTOWN - As part of Military Appreciation Month, the Jamestown Blue Jay Girls Soccer team will be honoring members of the military at their May 23 home game.Spokesperson Betsy Reiten says in a press release that the National Guard will be present at the game...
  • Being a Foster Parent May not be as Time Consuming as You Thought
     BISMARCK, N.D.-(LuWanna Lawrence) – Opening a person’s heart and home as a licensed foster parent does not always require providing 24-hour care and supervision on a daily basis...
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