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Abuse, Neglect & Exploitation Training
Friday, December 9, 2022 - Friday, December 29, 2023
Listing of future Abuse, Neglect & Exploitation (ANE) Training for 2023
P & A Hosting Virtual Townhalls
Tuesday, May 23, 2023 at 06:00 pm - Wednesday, May 31, 2023 at 02:00 pm
P&A will host two virtual townhall events.
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P&A Invites Public Comment on Agency Priorities
(Bismarck, ND) The Protection & Advocacy Project (P&A) is the leading civil rights organization for people with disabilities in North Dakota. P&A’s mission is to champion the equality and inclusion of people with disabilities where we live, work, and play.
Individual Justice Planning Enacted Into North Dakota Law
(Bismarck, ND) The passage of House Bills 1263 and 1264 into state law memorializes the definition of Individual Justice Planning (IJP), allows the use of an IJP as an alternative to physical custody for justice involved adults, and requires the court to make an IJP referral for a child involved in the juvenile justice system.
Plain Language Ballot Legislation Signed Into Law
(Bismarck, ND) With the passage of Senate Bill 2163, North Dakota joins 16 other states enacting plain language laws. This legislation will require that constitutional amendments and initiated and referred measures appearing on voting ballots to be written in plain language.
Olmstead Commission Releases Report on North Dakota’s Direct Support Workforce
(Bismarck, ND) The Olmstead Commission, a governor-appointed board, is tasked with moving North Dakota towards greater community integration and inclusion for persons with disabilities. A robust direct support workforce is essential to achieving this goal. Seeing great challenges in this area, the Olmstead Commission wanted to explore challenges and find solutions to the issues facing the direct support workforce.
Dept. of Health & Human Services 23-24 Budget Presentation with Chris Jones & Staff
On December 12, 2022 Protection & Advocacy hosted a presentation with the Department of Health & Human Services to discuss the Department’s proposed budget for the next biennium. DHHS staff provided an overview of priorities for their work with a focus on disability and mental health services. The recording of the presentation is now available for viewing.
Plan Your Vote Let Your Voice Be Heard
(Bismarck, ND) As voters prepare to head off to the polls on November 8th, many people research the candidates, read the measures, and find the location of their voting site. People with disabilities do all these things, but they also face additional barriers to voting.
ND Protection & Advocacy Project Recognizes National Disability Employment Awareness Month
(Bismarck, ND) Every October since 1945 America has observed National Disability Employment Awareness Month. As this month comes to an end, the North Dakota Protection and Advocacy Project (P&A) would like to recognize the valuable skills and talents that people with disabilities bring to the workplace. People with disabilities make up the largest minority population in the United States at approximately 25% and remains one of the largest untapped labor pools.
Department of Human Services presentation on ARPA Spending Plans
Recording Available for the Dept. of Human Services presentation on ARPA Spending Plans
Legislative Working Group met on June 24, 2022. Representatives from the ND Department of Human Services shared information and progress on their plan for investing $31.6 million in home and community based services through the American Rescue Plan Act.
P&A Seeking Public Comment on Priorities
The Protection & Advocacy Project (P&A) is the premier civil rights organization for people with disabilities in North Dakota. P&A was established in 1977 and has grown to administer several federal programs to meet the needs of the disability community. P&A strives to promote the equality and inclusion of people with disabilities where we live, learn, work, and play.
Legislative Working Group: Hosting DHS to share information on ARPA spending plan
P&A’s Legislative Working Group is meeting virtually on June 24, 2022 at 4pm. Representatives from the ND Department of Human Services will be sharing information and progress on their plan for investing $31.6 million in home and community based services through the American Rescue Plan Act. Click here to join the meeting.
ND Protection & Advocacy Project Commends Legislature for Commitment to Accessibility
(Bismarck, ND) North Dakota prides itself on being one of the most open legislatures in the country. Last legislative session, our Legislature became more accessible and open to the public than it has ever been. The ND Protection & Advocacy Project, the State’s premier civil rights organization for people with disabilities, commends the efforts of the Legislature and Legislative Council. All North Dakotans had the opportunity to take part in our political process by submitting written testimony online, testifying virtually, or watching and listening to committee hearings and floor sessions online.
We Want to Hear from You!
Protection and Advocacy for Individuals with Mental Illness (PAIMI) ProgramPublic Forum
On June 21, 2022 representatives from the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services (SAMHSA), Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS) will visit the North Dakota Protection and Advocacy Project in Bismarck, North Dakota.
SAMHSA/CMHS invites you to send comments about the PAIMI Program services and activities conducted by the North Dakota Protection and Advocacy Project.
Supporting Gainful Employment for People with Disabilities
ND Protection & Advocacy Project Recommits to Supporting Gainful Employment for People with Disabilities
Supported Decision Making Press Release
ND Protection & Advocacy Project Revamps Supported Decision Making for People with Disabilities
Consumer Family Network Q & A with Dr Etherington
Did you miss the Consumer & Family Network Q&A with Dr. Etherington?
See what you missed in this candid discussion with Dr. Etherington, HSC Chief Clinics Officer & ND State Hospital Superintendent.
ND Protection & Advocacy Project Partners with State Council
(Bismarck, ND) The US Administration on Community Living awarded grants to the North Dakota Protection & Advocacy Project (P&A) and the State Council on Developmental Disabilities (SCDD) to address the issue of vaccine hesitancy among populations with disabilities.
Mental Health Advocacy Network Releases Podcast on the ND State Hospital
The ND Protection & Advocacy Project is a founding member of the Mental Health Advocacy Network (MHAN). MHAN is a multi-organization collaborative that advocates for a consumer/family driven mental health system of care that provides an array of service choices that are timely, responsive, and effective. MHAN recognizes a growing mental health crisis within our country and state. Stigma and lack of services create a climate where people won't or can't get help.
ND reaches settlement with DOJ on Olmstead complaint
BISMARCK, N.D. – The State of North Dakota and the U.S. Department of Justice (USDOJ) have reached a settlement agreement that outlines actions the state will take to expand home and community-based care services and enable individuals with physical disabilities to live in the least restrictive setting possible, Gov. Doug Burgum announced today.
Protection & Advocacy -YouTube Channel
We are excited to show you our new YouTube channel. We hope you enjoy it as much as we do and decide to like and follow our channel.