North Dakota

Statewide Initiative to Solve Addiction

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2017 Statewide Initiative

With the support of a Community Innovation Grant from the Bush Foundation, we're engaging with communities and stakeholders across the state to address North Dakota's addiction crisis.


A statewide survey was deployed in 2016 to understand more about the public's perceptions around addiction and available resources.

Findings included:

  • 35% were concerned with addiction to alcohol and drugs as community issue, more than lack of jobs (3%) or the economy (7%).
  • More than 76% of those surveyed had a loved one (family or friend) impacted by addiction.
  • 15% of respondents had a coworker impacted by addiction.
    • 49% said they would not tell family or friends if they were getting help for addiction.
    • 86% said that shame was a barrier to seeking treatment.

See the full report here.

Community Listening Sessions

In late 2016 and 2017, we hosted listening sessions statewide in eight communities, including Bismarck, Fargo, Grand Forks, Jamestown, Devils Lake, Williston, Dickinson and Minot.

A full report on the listening sessions, including the results of community gap analysis surveys, will be published here in the coming weeks.

Leadership Task Force

Now, a statewide task force of business, community and public sector leaders is being formed to identify ways to coordinate statewide services, remove barriers and fill gaps in current care models. 

The goal is to design a public/private partnership plan that ensures far greater access to high quality, effective addiction care and support across North Dakota.

The task force will issue a report with recommendations by the end of the year.

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