Minot, Bismarck, and Fargo regions, North Dakota
September and November 1994
The goals of the Partnerships Project are to implement a comprehensive array of community services at each site that result in reduced use of residential care and hospital treatment; to involve families as full partners in the planning and implementing of services; and to provide better treatment outcomes for children and families by collaborating across agencies in the implementation of individual service plans.
The grant indicates that there are 97,508 children in the three Partnerships Project regions. This comprises 61% of the total child population of North Dakota and 40% of Native American children. 8,769 North Dakota children are estimated to have serious emotional disturbances. The target population is children with serious emotional disturbances who have been placed in out-of-home care or are at-risk of placement and their families; have a DSM IV diagnosis; have a GAF below 50; have problems lasting longer than one year; require the involvement of 2 or more agencies; and are under 21 years old. In 1998, 133 children and their families were being served in the 10-county region, an increase in the numbers served at any one time during the previous grant years. The population of Region VII is predominately white (97%). Native Americans comprise approximately 80 percent of the population of Sioux County and 3 percent of the overall population of the region. Approximately 11 percent of the children and families served by the Partnerships Project are Native American.