Bill Advances Creating State Behavioral Health Program

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Bismarck – The battle for proper behavioral health coverage in North Dakota has taken another step forward.

The State Human Services Committee is advancing legislation to create a new behavioral health program.

The program is meant to provide community based services for those who have serious behavioral health conditions.

It will also create guidelines for referrals and evaluations for access to care.

The head of the Committee tells KX News, proper behavioral health care is long overdue in North Dakota.

“When you think we have 10-year old children committing suicide, or we have a mother in Grand Forks who literally kills three children and then commits suicide because she can’t cope, as a state we have to say that’s not acceptable” said Interim Chair Kathy Hogan.

One big issue during today’s meeting was how they’re going to pay for the program. So they put that decision in the hands of Governor Doug Burgum. His budget will be released in mid-December.

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