The North Dakota Legislature adjourned the 2021 session in late April, completing their budget and policy work for the year. We are pleased that they increased funding for the Dementia Care Services Program, a grant project through the Department of Human Services, Aging Services Division. The Alzheimer's Association has provided community programs, services and education through this program for the last decade. This is the first funding increase for this program since it began in 2010.
Ensure Adequate Funding for Dementia Care Services Program (DCSP)
The North Dakota Dementia Care Services Program (DCSP) has provided critical programs and services to residents across the state since 2010. Designed to improve disease management and increase family support to people living with dementia and their caregivers, services include personalized care consultation with trained and experienced staff, community education and physician outreach. This program has not seen an increase in funding since inception. We will request a budget increase for this program to ensure that it is adequately funded to serve North Dakota residents impacted by dementia.
Develop a North Dakota Alzheimer’s State Plan
In order to address the growing public health crisis related to Alzheimer’s and other dementia, North Dakota must assess the current and future impact of dementia on the residents of the state. Creating and implementing a North Dakota focused strategic plan will help ensure the 15,000 people living with Alzheimer’s and the 30,000 unpaid caregivers receive the help and support they need. The North Dakota Department of Health has initiated a project to design a robust Alzheimer’s State Plan. Working with this project team and other stakeholders, we will share the impacts of dementia on North Dakota and advance policy recommendations to improve the lives of all those affected by Alzheimer’s and other dementia.
North Dakota State Plan Overview
In 2007, the North Dakota Legislature approved House Concurrent Resolution No. 3022 to study the current and future impact of Alzheimer's disease within the state. The Dementia-Related Services - Background Memorandum was presented to the state's Long-Term Care Committee.
North Dakota State Advocacy Day
March 15, 2021
Join fellow Alzheimer’s advocates for this innovative two-part advocacy series, providing the information, training and tools you need to urge North Dakota’s state legislators to support policies that will help those impacted by Alzheimer’s and other dementia. Over the course of two days, we hold two live events to prepare you with information and training to help us advance our policy agenda. We will also provide you with tools and opportunities to connect with state government leaders on priority policy issues. While we can’t be in-person at the Capitol together, we can still make our voices heard as critical decisions are made by lawmakers.