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Bismarck, ND 58501-4071

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North Dakota Protection & Advocacy Project

Disability is not a condition that affects the "special" or "unfortunate few". Disability is a common characteristic and occurrence within the human experience. In fact, more than one in every seven North Dakotans over the age of five has a disability (U.S. Census Bureau; 2006 Data Profiles).

Disability is not limited to people who use wheelchairs or those with a visual or hearing loss. Some disabilities are quite visible, while others are hidden, such as emotional and psychiatric conditions or cognitive disabilities.

The Protection & Advocacy Project (P&A) advocates for the legal rights of North Dakotans with disabilities. Please take some time to explore this website and learn more about P&A and the rights of people with disabilities.

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Supported Decision-Making is a process for making well-informed, voluntary decisions by methods less restrictive than guardianship or conservatorship. This model has been studied and discussed for over a year by stakeholders from across the state. After much review and deliberation, a Steering Committee reached a consensus that the best way to implement Supported Decision-Making in North Dakota would be through a statute. This was introduced and passed by the ND 66th State Legislative Assembly and signed by Governor Burgum, on March 19, 2019. It becomes effective on August 1, 2019. The next step has started – curriculum is being developed to provide information and assistance to the Individuals, the Supporters, and the Professionals who will be using this tool. Guidelines for using this model will be presented at educational meetings and at “train-the-trainer” sessions across North Dakota within the next few months. The project is coordinated by Protection & Advocacy Project and funded by the ND State Council on Developmental Disabilities.
The North Dakota Behavioral Health System Study, April 2018 is now available here.
This report presents the findings from the North Dakota Comprehensive Behavioral Health Systems Analysis, conducted by the Human Services Research Institute for the North Dakota Department of Human Services Behavioral Health Division. In recent years, stakeholders in North Dakota have increasingly called for improvements in the State’s behavioral health system, citing unmet treatment needs and insufficient investments in prevention.
NPR Series on Sexual Assault and Individuals with Developmental Disabilities The Sexual Assualt Epidemic No One Talks About
HUD Report Finds People Living with Mental Disabilities Face Significant Rental Housing Discrimination. View HUD Report
FREE app to help teachers, parents and IEP team members engage students in the post-secondary transition planning process. Transition-ND (162kb Docx)



Supported Decision-Making Agreement
What You Need To Know About Your SSI When You Turn 18
Mental Health Advance Directives - Guidance 5.14 (279kb PDF)
Mental Health Advance Directives - Form 5.14 (205kb PDF)
Mental Health Advance Directives - Fillable PDF Form 5.14 (310kb PDF)
Individual Justice Plan Manual (875kb PDF)


Upcoming Events

ND Peer Support Specialist Training Courses to be held in 2019 - Flyer (59.6kb)

November 13-15, 2019 Behavorial Health Conference - Flyer (500kb)


P&A Meetings

PAIMI Advisory Council Meeting Notice of 9/23/19 - Agenda (39kb)


P&A's Mission

Uniting to champion the equality and inclusion of people with disabilities where we live, learn, work and play.

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