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CAWS North Dakota contracts with Heartview Foundation to provide mental health and substance abuse services

CAWS North Dakota contracts with Heartview Foundation to provide mental health and substance abuse services

 

Bismarck– CAWS North Dakota announced Monday they will be contracting with Heartview Foundation to provide mental health and substance abuse services, to victims receiving services through six crisis intervention centers located in oil producing counties of western North Dakota, using funding recently awarded under the U.S. Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) Bakken Region Enhanced Response to Victims Initiative.

 

According to The National Center on Domestic Violence, Trauma & Mental Health, domestic violence and other lifetime trauma can have significant mental health consequences. Additionally, living with mental health conditions or addiction increases a person’s risk of experiencing abuse in the future. In 2013 alone, 52% of North Dakota domestic violence victims receiving services reported suffering from a mental illness. Of the 1,013 new victims in 2013, served through one of the twenty North Dakota crisis intervention centers, 49% indicated the abuser, the victim or both had a history of alcohol use and 20% indicated the abuser, the victim or both had a history of drug use associated with domestic violence.

 

Under the contract Heartview Foundation will provide an innovative, alternative and cost-effective approach to providing substance abuse services through telehealth. Telehealth is the use of electronic information and telecommunications technologies to support long-distance clinical health care. Heartview is the only private substance abuse agency using Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPPA) compliant teleports with HIPPA compliant policies and procedures for adoption at remotes sites, such as the crisis intervention centers. Any client with access to internet and a PC, tablet or smart-phone can access the private network.

 

“Heartview views this collaboration as a pioneering opportunity to bring needed services to the Bakken Region through new technology,” said Kurt Snyder, Executive Director of Heartview Foundation. “We’re well aware of how often substance abuse is part of the equation in domestic violence and sexual abuse.”

 

This opportunity will also provide training to staff at crisis intervention centers in the following areas: substance abuse screening, brief intervention and referral to treatment; mental health first aid; medication monitoring and administration.

 

“We are very excited about our new partnership with the Heartview Foundation. The services they will be offering in the Bakken will address the longstanding unmet substance abuse and mental health needs while also building the capacity of crisis centers to address the long term effects of trauma on victims,” said Janelle Moos, CAWS North Dakota’s Executive Director.

 

Heartview Foundation is a drug and alcohol treatment program located in Bismarck, ND since 1964. They have provided addiction treatment services to over 26,000 individuals and families. Heartview Foundation is the longest-running non-profit, private, alcohol/drug treatment provider in the state of North Dakota. For more information, Kurt Snyder can be contacted at 701-426-8677.

 

CAWS North Dakota is a nonprofit membership organization representing the 20 domestic violence and sexual assault crisis centers throughout the state. It is the mission of CAWS North Dakota to provide leadership and support in the identification, intervention, and prevention of domestic and sexual violence. For more information, please visit www.cawsnorthdakota.org.

 

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Staff Attorney

Legal Services of North Dakota in Minot is looking to hire a staff attorney to provide direct legal representation to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking in western North Dakota. This position will focus primarily on civil cases, including divorce and custody, other family law issues, housing and economic issues, as well as, consult on legal matters with the executive director of CAWS North Dakota and member programs. For more information about this position go to http://www.legalassist.org/?id=52.

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CAWS North Dakota receives part of $3 million in grants

CAWS North Dakota is one of five recipients to receive part of $3 million dollars in grants from the Office on Violence Against Women (OVW). The grants will be used to provide services for victims of sexual assault, domestic violence and stalking, as well as, to increase local and tribal capacity to prosecute crimes of violence against women in the Bakken Region of North Dakota and Montana.

According to the Department of Justice, OVW’s Bakken Region special initiative launched in April 2014 and is the first large scale project targeting resources to support the expansion of services to victims and aid the local criminal justice system in responding to these crimes in the Bakken Region. The grants will be used to enhance responses to domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking, and expand mental health counseling, advocacy, legal assistance, prevention education, sexual assault forensic examiner programs, Sexual Assault Response Teams, and law enforcement training.

“We are grateful to OVW for being responsive to our request for funding to address the increase in violent crimes against women in the Bakken region. This funding will help us start to address the significant gaps in services for victims including sexual assault services, mental health and substance abuse counseling and legal services,” said CAWS North Dakota’s Executive Director Janelle Moos.

Associate Attorney General West made the announcement about the grants at the Four Corners Indian Country Conference Tuesday, which took place on the Navajo Nation near Flagstaff, Arizona. “Victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, and stalking living in a vast rural region like the Bakken face unique challenges in accessing critical, life-saving services,” said Associate Attorney General Tony West.“With this new, targeted funding, tribes and local communities will be better equipped to respond to the increased need for mental health services, legal assistance, housing, and training.”

The four other grantees supported by OVW’s Bakken Region Initiative are: Fort Peck Assiniboine and Sioux Tribes, Poplar, Montana; First Nations Women’s Alliance, Devils Lake, North Dakota; Montana Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence, Helena, Montana; and Three Affiliated Tribes of the Fort Berthold Reservation, New Town, North Dakota.

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New Website Launch!

New Website Launch!

After almost two years in development we are excited to announce the launch our new website! We are pleased to share with you our newly redesigned site, with a bold new look and improved navigation experience.

A few of our goals with the new website were to make it faster, easier to navigate and even more user friendly. So to start, we are now using a Word Press site. We stream lined our menus to give users quick access to pages. We developed content, consolidated copy and organized information for all the pages.

The site’s homepage features CAWS North Dakota’s bright colors and an organized design, as well as, including a new version of our recently redesigned logo. We have created links to our online CafePress store, donations page and Eventbrite calendar. Also, we developed special pages for our many resources, members and trainings.

We will be rolling out new pages and updates over the coming months. We have tried to make all links active and point to the same or relevant information. However, due to the significant changes in the website’s structure, we know there may be a few obstacles along the way. This is where we need the help of our users. Please email Beth Winkler-Hegtvedt regarding a broken link or something that should be reviewed or enhanced.

Going forward, we plan to expand our online content and keep users updated with the latest information. So check back often, and connect with us on Facebook and Twitter.

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CAWS North Dakota receives Community Innovation Grant

BISMARCK – The Consensus Council, in partnership with The Bush Foundation, has awarded eight grants to organizations in North Dakota through the Community Innovation Grant program. CAWS North Dakota received $10,000 for statewide resource planning.   Currently, there are 20 domestic violence and sexual assault crisis centers across North Dakota that provide services to all 53 counties and the four reservations. However, not all victims and survivors are able to access these services. Grant funds will be used to help CAWS North Dakota facilitate conversations in communities to help identify what victims need and want in order to be safe. Due to growing communities, especially in western North Dakota, crisis centers are continually asked to do more, often without additional funding. In order for these crisis centers to be sustainable in the future under these challenging circumstances, programs will be provided an opportunity to examine, rethink and modernize services.

During this year long project, CAWS North Dakota will work with a consultant to create a process for crisis centers to assess their services, generate the best way to deliver these services and determine the most effective approaches to operations. As a result, CAWS North Dakota will be able to identify key questions, help crisis center’s evaluate how best to meet the needs of victims and communities and develop a plan to modernize services.

“We are very excited about the opportunity that funding from the Bush Foundation offers. Many of our programs have been in operation for over 30 years and have expanded their services in response to the needs of survivors and communities. We rarely have an opportunity to reflect on the work we do and if we can find ways to improve our service delivery and accessibility for survivors,” said Janelle Moos, CAWS North Dakota’s Executive Director.  

Other grantees in North Dakota are as follows; from Bismarck–‐Mandan: Heart River Lutheran Church for the Bridges of Hope project, the ND Department of Health for Creating a Hunger–‐Free ND Coalition, and Charles Hall Youth Services for mentoring and academic tutoring of foster care children. From the Fargo area, grantees include the African Initiative for Progress for work with the immigrant community, and Theatre B, to use theatre as a tool to teach medical humanities. Additional grants were made to the Grand Forks Community Land Trust for their efforts toward home ownership for people of low and moderate income and to the Great Plains Institute (MN) for the Legacy Fund Initiative in North Dakota.

Nonprofit organizations and government entities of all sizes are eligible to apply for Community Innovation Grants from the Consensus Council ranging from $500 up to $10,000. The Community Innovation Grants support communities to use problem–‐solving processes that lead to more effective, equitable and sustainable solutions. The program is part of the Bush Foundation’s effort to support, inspire and reward community innovation.

ABOUT CAWS North DakotaCAWS North Dakota is a nonprofit membership organization representing the 20 domestic violence and sexual assault crisis centers throughout the state. It is our mission to provide leadership and support in the identification, intervention, and prevention of sexual and domestic violence. CAWS North Dakota is a member of the National Network to End Domestic Violence. For more information, go to www.ndcaws.org.

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Planning underway for 2nd annual Race to Zero 5K!

BISMARCK— Planning for the second annual Race to Zero: Run/Walk for Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention is underway and registration is now open. The 5K event is intended to raise public awareness about sexual violence throughout the lifespan as well as military sexual trauma. This year, Race to Zero will take place on Saturday, April 12, at the Hay Creek Trail Loop with registration and displays in Shiloh Christian School.

April is both Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month and Child Abuse Prevention Month. In 2012 alone, more than 900 victims of sexual assault sought help from crisis intervention centers throughout the North Dakota (2013 statistics are still pending). Nearly 40 percent of victims were under the age of 18 at the time of the assault. The Pentagon reported that in 2012, more than 26,000 military service members experienced unwanted sexual contact. Nationally, more than half of sexual assaults go unreported. The intent of the race is to encourage community conversation about sexual assault awareness and prevention. Support for survivors from the larger community can translate into better response for victims of sexual assault and ultimately, change social norms like silence and victim blaming.

Pre-registration is $20 and participants receive a Race to Zero t-shirt the day of the event. Registration the day of the race is $25. Check-in and day-of registration begins at 8 a.m. in the Shiloh Christian School Elementary foyer, and the race begins at 9 a.m. Racers can register for either competitive or non-competitive categories. A small awards ceremony and light refreshments will be held after the race. Educational and outreach displays and activities will be located in the chapel of Shiloh Christian School (just inside the elementary entrance).

To help spread the word about the race, please visit www.facebook.com/RacetoZero or register directly on Eventbrite at https://racetozero.eventbrite.com. For more information about registration, please contact Stephanie Gerhardt at 701-225-6240 or sgerhardt@ndcaws.org. For more information about the race, contact primary organizer Heather Mattson at 701-333-3293 or heather.m.mattson5.civ@mail.mil.

Race to Zero: Run/Walk for Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention is a collaborative project between the Abused Adult Resource Center, Bismarck Prevention Task Force, CAWS North Dakota, the North Dakota National Guard Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Program (SARP), Prevent Child Abuse North Dakota (PCAND), and Region 7 Foster Care/Adoption Recruitment Coalition. Along with advocacy centers around the state, these agencies work toward a shared goal of zero sexual assaults in North Dakota.

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Land Board Approves Funding for Human Trafficking Training and Domestic Violence Assistance

BISMARCK – The State Board of University and School Lands met in late January to approve grant recommendations for the remaining oil impact grant dollars. The 2012 North Dakota Uniform Crime Report (UCR) showed a 7.9% increase in crime rates from 2011-12, largely due to increased populations in western parts of the state. The majority of the funding was allocated to law enforcement and sheriff’s offices in oil impacted counties, with some remaining monies allocated to programs that assist victims of sexual and domestic violence.

Funding in the amount of $30,000 was allocated to CAWS North Dakota for human trafficking training in oil country. A collaborative effort between the Office of the Attorney General, the Bureau of Criminal Investigation, and CAWS North Dakota, the training will provide professionals in law enforcement, prosecution, and advocacy with new skills and build their capacity to respond to victims of human trafficking over the next year.

“Training service providers on intervention and response to human trafficking is a priority for our agency,” said Janelle Moos, Executive Director of CAWS North Dakota. “This issue is a growing concern in our state and training is the first step toward ensuring victims are identified and offered safety and resources.”

The 2012 UCR also indicated that sexual assault has increased in the state by 17 percent, creating more need for funding in programs that assist victims. Three advocacy centers received funding for security systems that will help keep their clients and employees safe. These programs include: Domestic Violence Crisis Center in Minot, Domestic Violence & Rape Crisis Center in Dickinson, and Family Crisis Shelter in Williston. The centers in Minot, Dickinson, and the Domestic Violence Program, NW ND in Stanley also received funding for more advocate positions. The Abused Adult Resource Center in Bismarck received funding for client aid.

Additionally, $143,000 was allocated for emergency assistance for victims of domestic violence. The oil boom has not only increased rates of crime, but it also has created a lack of affordable housing, and places for victims to stay. Funding will allow programs to help victims and children find safety. Costs may include transportation to get to a safe location, housing assistance, and other costs that may arise when victims are fleeing violence.

Updates on human trafficking training opportunities for oil impacted counties will be announced at www.ndcaws.org.

ABOUT CAWS North Dakota: CAWS North Dakota is a nonprofit membership organization representing the 20 domestic violence and sexual assault crisis centers throughout the state. It is our mission to provide leadership and support in the identification, intervention, and prevention of sexual and domestic violence. CAWS North Dakota is a member of the National Network to End Domestic Violence. For more information, go to www.ndcaws.org.