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Diversity

The North Dakota Center for Persons with Disabilities at Minot State University conducts a wide range of projects serving the disability community. Many of these projects are funded through grants and contracts with outside agencies. NDCPD's active projects are listed below alphabetical order. In addition, the projects have been categorized by categorical icons.

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Active Support and System Change Project

The Active Support and System Change Project has been funded by the ND Department of Human Services to advance statewide efforts to assure that people with intellectual and developmental disabilities are actively and consistently engaged in meaningful activities throughout the day (Active Support) by direct support professionals and front line supervisors. Cathy Haarstad, the Project Director will offer on-site focused training and technical assistance on Active Support for ND’s community of DD service providers. The training is free and social-work credits will be available to interested participants. Our goal is to enroll all 32 provider agencies in this training program over a 2.5 - year period. Long-term mentoring in Active Support will be available through an online community of support and information on Active Support will be embedded in the MSU/NDCPD’s Community Staff Training Program.

CONTACT: Cathy Haarstad, cathy.haarstad@minotstateu.edu

 

Achieving Success by Promoting Readiness for Education and Employment (ASPIRE)

The ASPIRE project is a collaboration among multiple agencies in six states, North Dakota included, to combine expertise and share resources in order to improve the quality of life of many of our most vulnerable families. The collaboration will coordinate activities for the PROMISE national initiative. Specifically, the ASPIRE project will be invested in the participants to enable them to move beyond a life of poverty and unemployment, disadvantage and devalued lives to increased self-determination, independence and financial self-sufficiency.

CONTACT: Amy Armstrong, amy.armstrong@minotstateu.edu

 

Advancing Student Transition into Educational Programs (ASTEP II)

In conjunction with NDCPD’s already ASTEP funded project, ASTEP II will continue the work of creating a comprehensive transition and postsecondary education program that includes inclusive course work, career development, self-determination and independent living skills training and campus membership. ASTEP II, in collaboration with MSU and Dakota College Bottineau, build a sustainable and replicable model founded on best practice and the needs of ND stakeholders. Twenty students from ND’s rural and tribal LEA’s as well as rural communities in neighboring states will be recruited for the program.

CONTACT: Amy Armstrong, amy.armstrong@minotstateu.edu

 

Advocates Leading Their Lives (ALL) Network Leadership 
This project will train executive board members to be provided an opportunity to implement the foundations of self-advocacy including problem solving, speaking up, and enhancing empowerment skills through leadership roles as a self-advocate.

CONTACT:Rhonda Weathers, rhonda.l.weathers@minotstateu.edu

 

Bringing Resources into Development Gainful Employment (BRIDGE the Gap)

This project will increase integrated competitive employment opportunities in rural ND for youth 18-21 with ID/DD by providing training, outreach, and technical assistance to teachers through this capacity building demonstration project.

CONTACT: Rhonda Weathers, rhonda.l.weathers@minotstateu.edu

 

Community Staff Training Program (CSTP)

For over thirty years, North Dakota has provided staff training through a cooperative effort of the North Dakota Department of Human Services (NDDHS), the North Dakota Center for Persons with Disabilities (NDCPD) at Minot State University (MSU), and community agencies serving persons with developmental disabilities (DD). Service providers employ state-certified regional trainers to deliver training through modules and a series of field-based practica. MSU offers regional workshops, webinars, and conferences specific to interests of community-based staff. Faculty meet quarterly with the agency trainers for training and curriculum development.

CONTACT: Kim Mathwich, kimberly.mathwich@minotstateu.edu

 

Diversity Fellowship

This project’s goal is to increase workforce development and service impact in the Native American population through a one-year sustainable diversity fellowship. The diversity fellow is a member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians and will be supported to engage in a number of leadership and training opportunities throughout the grant cycle.  The outcome of this project is to shape NDCPD’s 5-year plan to focus on serving underserved and unserved populations across the state.

CONTACT: Rebecca Daigneault, rebecca.daigneault@minotstateu.edu

 

Experienced Parent Region 1, 2, 4, & 5

This project provides information and support to parents with a child enrolled in Developmental Disabilities services in Region I (Williston area), Region II (Minot area), Region 4 (Grand Forks area) and Region 5 (Fargo area).

CONTACT: Cathy Haarstad, cathy.haarstad@minotsateu.edu

 

Great Plains Interdisciplinary Autism Diagnostic Clinic
(GPIC II)

This project provides diagnostic services to North Dakota children and youth. The clinic houses an interdisciplinary team who conducts arena-style assessments in collaboration with the child's local team and family.

CONTACT: Connie Irey, connie.irey@minotstateu.edu

 

Health Conference

NDCPD has received funds the ND State Developmental Disabilities Council to coordinate a health conference for people with disabilities, their family members, caregivers, and professionals. Conference participants will learn about living and promoting healthy lifestyles, preventing secondary conditions, advocating for health awareness, and accessing healthcare supports more effectively. In addition, NDCPD will identify needs in North Dakota’s healthcare services for people with DD.

CONTACT: Kim Mathwich, kimberly.mathwich@minotstateu.edu

 

Medical Home Education in ND (MHEND)

This project will meet the health care needs of Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs (CYSHCN) and their families by educating healthcare providers, human service providers, educators and families about the essential components of Medical Home systems and care coordination for CYSHCN across ND.

CONTACT: Rhonda Weathers, rhonda.l.weathers@minotstateu.edu

 

Minot Infant Development Program (MIDP)

This project identifies infants (birth-3) who are developmentally delayed, high risk, or at risk. In addition, this contract provides for in-home programming and infant stimulation activities for eligible children.

CONTACT: Dianne Bossert, dianne.bossert@minotstateu.edu

 

Money Follows the Person Housing Program (MFP)

This project seeks 1) to develop and maintain an effective, consumer-directed, accessible and comprehensive housing resource system for persons wishing to transition to the community from an institutional level of care and for persons at risk of institutionalization; 2) to effectively reduce the stigma of persons with disabilities or the aging population statewide, while working to change community attitudes and misconceptions regarding community housing for persons with disabilities or aging persons; and 3) to assist in the statewide effort to develop and expand the number of safe, affordable, accessible, quality and permanent housing options.

CONTACT: Cheryl Merck, cheryl.merck@minotstateu.edu

 

NDCPD Core Grant

NDCPD is a University Center of Excellence on Developmental Disabilities, Education, Research and Services. It is part of a network of similar programs at universities throughout the US. University Centers of Excellence (UCE) such as NDCPD serve the disability community by 1) providing interdisciplinary training to students who are seeking professions in the human service arena; 2) providing inservice training for professionals and others serving people with disabilities and their families; 3) disseminating information about effective best practices regarding services for people with disabilities; and 4) providing technical assistance to agencies and programs serving the disability community. NDCPD develops funding to carry out these functions by obtaining grants and contracts. These functions in turn become the ‘core’ of NDCPD’s activities.

CONTACT: Brent Askvig, brent.askvig@minotstateu.edu

 

ND EHDI

This project works towards reducing the loss to follow-up after failure to pass newborn hearing screenings in ND. ND is identifying, treating and referring fewer infants with hearing loss than expected based on national incidence levels. On-site training, technical assistance, public awareness, data analysis and infrastructure support are key features of this project.

CONTACT: Jerusha Olthoff, jerusha.olthoff@minotstateu.edu

 

ND EHDI-IS

ND has a fully developed EHDI (Early Hearing Detection Intervention) program which collects unduplicated individual identifiable data on every occurring birth through the EHDI process. Despite this system, barriers of redundancy continue to exist. This EHDI-IS project will focus on reducing the duplicate data entry burden and reduce rates of loss to recommended follow-up services.

CONTACT: Jerusha Olthoff, jerusha.olthoff@minotstateu.edu

 

ND Navigator Project III

NDCPD will establish a collaborative network of regional Navigators and Certified Application Counselors (CAC) that are home-grown and have already established the trust of their neighbors. These CAC's will coordinate training, disseminate educational materials and monitor the unbiased implementation of the Affordable Care Act by assisting all North Dakotans in choosing an appropriate health care plan that best fits their needs.

CONTACT: Neil Scharpe, neil.scharpe@minotstateu.edu

 

ND Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP)

This project assists all ND seniors, including those in our most rural counties and those with disabilities review their Medicare bills to assure that no errors, fraudulent charges or abuses have occurred by using local volunteers, regional volunteer coordinators, and disability adapted curricula to educate beneficiaries.

CONTACT: Linda Madsen, linda.madsen@minotstateu.edu

 

ND Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) Expanding Supported Employment

This project will coordinate the training and technical assistance for VR/DD pilot projects at four Community Rehabilitation Providers (CRPs) to explore and implement innovative strategies to provide integrated employment for people that currently are receiving day supports in non-integrated environments.

CONTACT: Michele Burney, michele.burney@minotstateu.edu

 

Project Innovate

Project Innovate's goal is to improve healthcare outcomes to children with disabilities in underserved communities utilizing Project ECHO in collaboration with the Wyoming Institute on Disabilities (WIND).  Project Innovate aims at helping combat the barriers people with disabilities face in a new and unique way by using the existing Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes (ECHO), tele-health style, information-sharing model. Designed to educate, train, and sustain participants with the necessary skills to support the health of people with disabilities, Project Innovate uses ECHO to "Move information, not people".

CONTACT: Hilory Liccini, hilory.liccini@minotstateu.edu

 

Right Track

This project identifies infant and toddlers that may be at risk for DD, provides developmental screenings, refers to other services as appropriate and provides developmental information to families.

CONTACT: Dianne Bossert, dianne.bossert@minotstateu.edu

 

Statewide Suicide Survey
The project will compile statewide community input (both subjective, using qualitative methods and objective, using quantitative methods) on systems of prevention and response to suicide events (both treatment and support) across ND. Additionally, information regarding perceived resources as related to suicide prevention and treatment will be gathered. The intent is to gather perspective and information from multiple disciplines and entities.

CONTACT: Melissa Naslund, Melissa.naslund@minotstateu.edu

 

Support Plan Capacity Building 
This project will train program coordinators / QDDP and behavioral analysts working across systems in ND to develop support plans based on a thorough functional behavioral assessment (FBA) using evidence-based practices and implement these plans in an effective manner to ensure the best chance for success. Furthermore, plan developers will learn how to collect and use data to make outcome-based decisions and provide specialists (i.e., physicians, behavior analysts) with the information they need to provide effective support to the individual and their team.

CONTACT: Hilory Liccini, Hilory.liccini@minotstateu.edu

 

Training Contracts

This project manages various face-to-face and on-line workshops. Evidence-based practices and value-based services and supports for individuals with developmental disabilities are emphasized.

CONTACT: Kim Mathwich, kimberly.mathwich@minotstateu.edu

 

URLend

Utah Regional Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (URLEND) is an interdisciplinary training program for professionals in a variety of disability-related disciplines. As a collaborative partnership between UCEDDs in Utah, North Dakota, Montana, Idaho, and Wyoming, URLEND trainees participate in three activities. These include didactic training sessions, research/leadership projects, and clinical observations.

CONTACT: JoLynn Webster, jolynn.webster@minotstateu.edu

 

 

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