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Projects

The North Dakota Center for Persons with Disabilities at Minot State University conducts a wide range of projects serving the disability community. NDCPD’s active projects are listed below in alphabetical order. In addition, the projects have been categorized by topic via various icons.

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   Advancing students toward education & employment (Astep)

Advancing Students Toward Education and Employment Program (ASTEP)

  • PRIMARY CORE FUNCTION:¬† ¬†Other Direct / Model Services
  • PRIMARY EMPHASIS AREA:¬† ¬† Education / Early Intervention
  • PROJECT DIRECTOR: Tracey Olson, tracey.olson.1@minotstateu.edu

Advancing Students Toward Education and Employment Program (ASTEP) is a 2 to 3-year transition and postsecondary education program for students with intellectual disabilities (ID). ASTEP is located on the campus of Minot State University in collaboration with the satellite Dakota College at Bottineau (DCB) campus located at MSU. The program is coordinated by the North Dakota Center for Persons with Disabilities. Eligible students have the opportunity to achieve their goals in an inclusive and supportive college environment. A plan of study is developed through a person-centered planning process including career, academic, social, community and independent living goals.

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Community Staff Training Program

For over 30 years, ND has provided a module training curriculum to ND Developmental Disability Service Providers through a contract with the ND Department of Health and Human Services, DD Division. Regional Staff Trainers, employed by the DD service providers, deliver the module training along with a series of field-based practica. The CSTP offers regional workshops and webinars specific to interests of the community-based providers.

  • PRIMARY CORE FUNCTION:¬† ¬†Community Training
  • PRIMARY EMPHASIS AREA:¬† ¬† Quality Assurance
  • PROJECT DIRECTOR: Kari Schmidt, kari.schmidt@minotstateu.edu
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  ECHO: Direct Care Resilience

Long-Term Follow-up for SDID and other NBS Conditions: Staff will provide ECHO training with a focus on emerging knowledge and evidence-based practices on newborn blood spots, hearing, and pulse oximetry screenings for critical congenital heart disease. The developed curriculum will include education on how to ensure families are active decision-makers in their child’s care and the benefits and outcomes of long-term follow-up.

  • PRIMARY CORE FUNCTION:¬† ¬†Continuing Education / Community Training
  • PRIMARY EMPHASIS AREA:¬† ¬† Health
  • PROJECT DIRECTOR: Krista Opstedal,¬†krista.opstedal@minotstateu.edu
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Project Logo  ECHO: Department of Health

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  • PRIMARY CORE FUNCTION:¬† ¬†Continuing Education / Community Training
  • PRIMARY EMPHASIS AREA:¬† ¬† Education / Early Intervention
  • PROJECT DIRECTOR: Krista Opstedal,¬†krista.opstedal@minotstateu.edu
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  ECHO: ND SCOPE

This initiative will build upon the effective ECHO‚ĄĘ virtual training model to train interdisciplinary teams in North Dakota on emerging knowledge and evidence-based practices in screening, monitoring, and interdisciplinary care for children impacted by neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS), trauma, or related exposure.

    • PRIMARY CORE FUNCTION:¬† ¬†Continuing Education / Community Training
    • PRIMARY EMPHASIS AREA:¬† ¬† Education / Early Intervention
    • PROJECT DIRECTOR: Krista Opstedal,¬†krista.opstedal@minotstateu.edu
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   great Plains Interdisciplinary Autism Diagnostic Clinic (GPIC)

Staff on GPIC provide diagnostic services to ND children and youth. The clinic houses an interdisciplinary team who conducts arena-style assessments in collaboration with the child’s local team and family.

  • PRIMARY CORE FUNCTION:¬† ¬†Continuing Education / Community Training
  • PRIMARY EMPHASIS AREA:¬† ¬† Education / Early Intervention
  • PROJECT DIRECTOR: Nicole Nelson, nicole.l.nelson@minotstateu.edu
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Learn the Signs Act Early Logo Learn the Signs Act Early Ambassador

“Learn the Signs Act Early” supports improving early identification of developmental delays and disabilities including Autism. The program aims to serve North Dakota in supporting parents in the monitoring of development and access to services for their children.

  • PRIMARY CORE FUNCTION:¬† ¬†Continuing Education / Community Training
  • PRIMARY EMPHASIS AREA:¬† ¬† Education / Early Intervention
  • PROJECT DIRECTOR: Hilory Liccini, hilory.liccini@minotstateu.edu
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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.

  • PRIMARY CORE FUNCTION:¬† ¬†Continuing Education / Community Training
  • PRIMARY EMPHASIS AREA:¬† ¬† Education / Early Intervention
  • PROJECT DIRECTOR: Rebecca Foster, rebecca.d.foster@minotstateu.edu
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  Money Follows the Person Housing Program

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.

  • PRIMARY CORE FUNCTION:¬† ¬†Other Direct Services
  • PRIMARY EMPHASIS AREA:¬† ¬†Housing
  • PROJECT DIRECTOR:¬† Cheryl Merck, cheryl.merck@minotstateu.edu
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ND Create ‚Äď Customized Integrated Employment Available to Everyone

The Statewide Customized Employment Specialist Training Project will coordinate and provide training and technical assistance to community rehabilitation providers to explore and implement innovative customized employment strategies to provide integrated employment for people that currently are receiving day supports and/or in non-integrated environments. Outcomes include training and technical assistance on discovery, marketing and job development, and systematic instruction. Community rehabilitation providers will have increased skills to deliver customized employment services for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities that lead to integrated and competitive employment.

PROJECT DIRECTOR: Michele Burney, michele.burney@minotstateu.edu

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  ND Dual Sensory Project (State & Federal Funds)

The North Dakota Dual Sensory Project will provide training and technical assistance to educators, early interventionists, schools, state education, and related services providers regarding systemic and individualized supportive services for children and youth with deaf-blindness. Outcomes include training and technical assistance on transition, early identification, numeracy and literacy, family engagement, and an accurate census. Children with deaf-blindness will have improved educational programs, increased skills, and increased time in inclusive settings. Families will have increased knowledge and will be active participants in their children’s education. Educators will have increased skills to provide a quality education for children with deaf-blindness.

  • PRIMARY CORE FUNCTION:¬† ¬†Technical Assistance
  • PRIMARY EMPHASIS AREA:¬† ¬† Education / Early Intervention
  • PROJECT DIRECTOR: Lacey Long, lacey.long@minotstateu.edu
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NDEHDI Logo  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. Onsite training, technical assistance, public awareness, data analysis and infrastructure support are key features of this project.

  • PRIMARY CORE FUNCTION:¬† ¬†Technical Assistance
  • PRIMARY EMPHASIS AREA:¬† ¬† Health
  • PROJECT DIRECTOR: Jerusha Olthoff, jerusha.olthoff@minotstateu.edu
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NDEHDI Logo  ND EHDI-IS

ND has an EHDI (Early Hearing Detection Intervention) program which collects unduplicated individual identifiable data on every occurring birth thru 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.

  • PRIMARY CORE FUNCTION:¬† ¬†Technical Assistance
  • PRIMARY EMPHASIS AREA:¬† ¬† Health
  • PROJECT DIRECTOR: Jerusha Olthoff, jerusha.olthoff@minotstateu.edu
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   ND Inclusive Model Pathways Training Consortium (IMPCCT)

The ND Inclusive Model Pathways for College and Career Training (IMPCCT) Consortium will provide training and technical assistance to build capacity for expanded college options and high school transition services that sufficiently prepare students with intellectual disabilities for college success. The IMPCCT Consortium will work with institutions of higher education in ND to develop inclusive PSE programs to incorporate inclusive college course work, career development, self-determination, independent living and pre-employment skills training and campus inclusion.

  • PRIMARY CORE FUNCTION:¬† ¬†Technical Assistance
  • PRIMARY EMPHASIS AREA:¬† ¬† Education
  • PROJECT DIRECTOR: Ann Beste-Guldborg, ann.beste.guldborg@minotstateu.edu
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   ND Marketplace Navigator

The North Dakota Center for Persons with Disabilities (NDCPD), a Center of Excellence at Minot State University, has been awarded from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to implement the statewide Navigator project. Federally-facilitated Marketplace Navigators play a vital role in helping consumers, especially those in underserved communities, understand their benefits and rights, review options, prepare applications to establish eligibility, and enroll in Marketplace coverage.

Navigators operate year-round‚ÄĒincreasing awareness among the remaining uninsured about the coverage options available to them, helping consumers find affordable coverage that meets their needs, and assisting consumers beyond the enrollment process to ensure they’re equipped with the tools and resources needed to utilize and maintain their health coverage all year.

  • PRIMARY CORE FUNCTION:¬† ¬†Community Training
  • PRIMARY EMPHASIS AREA:¬† ¬† Health
  • PROJECT DIRECTOR: Cheryl Coyle, cheryl.coyle@minotstateu.edu
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   ND Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP)

This project assists ND seniors, including those in rural counties and 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.

  • PRIMARY CORE FUNCTION:¬† ¬†Community Service
  • PRIMARY EMPHASIS AREA:¬† ¬† Quality Assurance
  • PROJECT DIRECTOR: Linda Madsen, linda.madsen@minotstateu.edu
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   ND SMP Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

The Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) grant is managed by staff from the ND Senior Medicare Patrol project within the ND Center for Persons with Disabilities. Staff provide outreach and education to ND Medicare beneficiaries in rural, underserved counties focusing on people with disabilities and those who are low-income. Within this project, staff will also advance diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts. Specifically, staff will identify gaps and barriers in services, increase awareness, empowerment, and actions taken to prevent healthcare fraud, expand collaborations with partners, and address barriers to diversity, equity, and inclusion. The project’s goal is that ND’s underserved population have access to modified resources that increase community awareness and understanding of potential Medicare Fraud and scams.

  • PRIMARY CORE FUNCTION:¬† ¬†Information Dissemination
  • PRIMARY EMPHASIS AREA:¬† ¬† Quality Assurance
  • PROJECT DIRECTOR: Linda Madsen, linda.madsen@minotstateu.edu
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   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. Click here for more information.

  • PRIMARY CORE FUNCTION:¬† ¬†Other Direct / Model Service
  • PRIMARY EMPHASIS AREA:¬† ¬† Education /¬† Early Intervention
  • PROJECT DIRECTOR: Rebeca Foster, rebecca.d.foster@minotstateu.edu
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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.

  • PRIMARY CORE FUNCTION:¬† ¬†Interdisciplinary Pre-Service
  • PRIMARY EMPHASIS AREA:¬† ¬† Leadership
  • PROJECT DIRECTOR: Hilory Liccini, hilory.liccini@minotstateu.edu
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Project Logo  VACCINE CONFIDENCE

The Vaccine Hesitancy project assists communities and agencies throughout North Dakota with providing information, assistance, access, and possibly transportation to older adults and adults with disabilities who want to receive a COVID-19 vaccination.

  • PRIMARY CORE FUNCTION:¬† ¬†Information Dissemination
  • PRIMARY EMPHASIS AREA:¬† ¬† Health
  • PROJECT DIRECTOR: Linda Madsen¬†linda.madsen@minotstateu.edu
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