Health and Human Services to hold meeting for North Dakotans with developmental disabilities

The April 27 meeting will include information about changes coming as the COVID emergency ends in May.

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BISMARCK — North Dakota Health and Human Service is planning to hold a public meeting to update those with developmental disabilities and their families and providers about program changes after the COVID-19 Federal Public Health Emergency ends on May 11.

The public meeting will begin at 1 p.m. Thursday, April 27, and can be joined in person, at Prairie Hills Plaza, 1237 W. Divide St., 1A, Bismarck, or online or by phone at 701-328-0950. More information on how to join can be found at, according to a press release from North Dakota Health and Human Services.

Some of the changes that will begin after the emergency's deadline date include: day programs and other services that were temporarily allowed during the pandemic to be provided at home or other locations will no longer be provided; assessments, team meetings and program monitoring will also need to occur in person, according to the release.

"During the peak of the pandemic, some services were temporarily changed to support individual health and well-being. Now individuals with developmental disabilities can more fully participate in community activities and services," said HHS Developmental Disabilities Section Director Tina Bay in the release.

Some additional changes include virtual services, relative caregivers, electronic signatures and self-directed background checks, according to the press release.


After discussing the upcoming changes, attendees will be given time to ask questions, according to the release.

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