BISMARCK The Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services Division of the North Dakota Department of Human Services is requesting applications from eligible organizations for the Recovery Mini-Grant program.
The program, which funds projects that promote recovery for adults with substance abuse addiction disorders, has set a Feb. 16, 4 p.m., deadline for applications.
Eligible North Dakota organizations, including non-profit organizations, community, county, regional, multi-county, or statewide organizations, tribal and non-tribal government entities, and faith-based organizations, are encouraged to apply.
"A person's recovery from substance use disorders is strengthened by relationships and environments that provide hope, empowerment, choices, and opportunities," said JoAnne Hoesel, director of the Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services Division. "These grant funds will be used in North Dakota communities to provide opportunities that promote people reaching their full potential as individuals and community members, regardless of the difficulties they have faced in the past."
A review committee will evaluate qualifying proposals and award a total of $100,000 to organizations who meet the criteria set up by the division. The funding will be available from April 1, 2012 through June 30, 2013.
Projects should focus on adults with substance use disorders. More information can be found at: (secure.apps.state.nd.us/csd/spo/services/bidder/listCurrentSolicitations.htm), with reference to Solicitation 325-12-09-002.
Health fair set at Dakota College in Bottineau
BOTTINEAU Dakota College at Bottineau will host a health career fair from 10 a.m. to noon Friday in the Thatcher Hall Gymnasium and Centennial Alumni Conference Room on the campus.
High school juniors and seniors from six area high schools will attend a one-hour informational session and a one hour interactive session during which they will visit 20 booths. The health career fair will focus on promoting allied health such as medical transcription, medical coding, and medical administrative assistant, caregiver services, paramedic and nursing programs to nontraditional students in an effort to increase enrollment in these programs. There is a shortage in those careers in North Dakota.
The health career fair is being sponsored by a $1,500 grant from the North Dakota Department of Career and Technical Education to better prepare students for nontraditional fields.
Students from three of the health care departments at Dakota College at Bottineau will be available at booths to talk to the high school students about the programs at the college from a student perspective.
"The goals of this event are two-fold," said Larry Brooks, associate dean for academic affairs. "First, we hope students learn first-hand about health careers and the educational opportunities available at DCB. Second, we hope to promote nontraditional careers (such as) men in nursing to area students."