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North Dakota State Laws, Policies and Funding

RH terminology used by the North Dakota Department of Human Services (DHS)

Behavioral Health Division “Bismarck, N.D. – The North Dakota Department of Human Services’ Behavioral Health Division is providing support to people working towards recovery from addiction through the Recovery Housing Assistance Program (RHAP). The program provides a stable and structured living environment that includes peer support and access to community-based and other recovery support services. It pays up to 12 weeks of an eligible individuals’ living expenses, which are paid directly to a participating RHAP provider of their choice.”

“The Recovery Housing Assistance Program (RHAP) is a state-funded option for individuals wanting to initiate and sustain recovery efforts in a safe, stable living environment. Up to 12 weeks of an eligible individual’s living expenses will be paid directly to a Recovery Housing Assistance Program provider.”

Accreditation, Certification, and State Licensing Requirement: No state requirement.

RH Law(s): None/unknown

Legislation: None/unknown

Regulations: None/unknown

SABG Program: The “Planned Priority Areas” documents for your state’s Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block Grant (SABG) program and Community Mental Health Services Block Grant (MHBG) program do not specifically mention recovery housing as a priority, nor do they list recovery support services as an allowable activity. To learn more about specific recovery housing activities that are eligible for funding through these grant programs, please reach out to your state’s Single State Agency (SSA) that’s responsible for administering these funds by visiting

SOR Program: Your state’s Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) has previously funded recovery activities using State Opioid Response (SOR) funds. To learn more about specific recovery housing activities that are eligible for funding through this grant program, please reach out to your state’s Single State Agency (SSA) that’s responsible for administering these funds by visiting

Medicaid Funding: Nothing in the state Medicaid plan suggests direct support for RH, however, certain covered activities could evolve to be provided in RH settings include counseling, peer support, and life skills.

NARR Affiliate Status: None/unknown

Housing Assistance Funding: None/unknown

North Dakota Funders

Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota Caring Foundation

The Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota Caring Foundation was established in 1989 and is funded by BCBSND. Based in Fargo, North Dakota, Foundation focuses its efforts and funding on addressing the health needs of North Dakota residents.

Regions: The BCBSND Caring Foundation serves the state of North Dakota, with a specific focus on rural areas.

Issues Supported: The Foundation supports initiatives that improve health in North Dakota’s communities. Grant-making programs address issues like health inequities, youth development, healthy living, rural health, the opioid epidemic, and mental health.

Grant Process and Application: The BCBSND Caring Foundation offers three grantmaking programs: Caring for Communities Grants, Caring for Kids Grants, and SPARK Grants. Grant cycles run annually, and applications are usually available in December. Find more specific grant application information by visiting the Foundation website and clicking on the grant program of interest.

Grant-Making Per Year: In 2018, the BCBSND Caring Foundation provided grants in the amount of $441,008.

Recovery and Supportive Housing Grantee Example: The Share House, located in Fargo, North Dakota, provides a variety of services tailored to individuals struggling with q substance use disorder. The Share House provides clinical assessments, residential treatment, outpatient treatment, and recovery living.

St. Joseph’s Community Health Foundation

St. Joseph’s Community Health Foundation is a public charity based in Minot, North Dakota, and was established in 1998. The Foundation was formed to continue the work of the Sisters of St. Francis and its mission is to support the health and well-being of North Dakota communities.

Regions: St. Joseph’s Community Health Foundation’s area of service is entirely rural, including the rural counties of Bottineau, Burke, McHenry, McLean, Mountrail, Pierce, Renville, Rolette, Sheridan, Ward, and Wells Counties.

Issues Supported: St. Joseph’s Community Health Foundation funds nonprofits improving health and quality of life. Examples of funding interests include basic needs and food access, medical support services, shelter and residential care, and youth development.

Grant Process and Application: Grant application deadlines are usually in August each year. Visit the Foundation website to learn more about the application process and grant initiatives.

Grant-Making Per Year: In FY 2020, the Foundation provided grants in the amount of $680,493.

Recovery and Supportive Housing Grantee Example: The Sanctuary Sober Living for Women is a grantee based in Minot, North Dakota, in rural Ward County. The facility is a 14-bed home designed to support women on their journey in sobriety.

North Dakota Opioid Settlement Funds

Total Settlement Funds in North Dakota

  • $45 million

Fund Distribution

  • The state will receive 85% of the funds, distributed through the Department of Human Services
  • 15% will be allocated towards local governments, including 11 cities and 44 counties


  • Funds from three distributors will be paid over 18 years
  • Funds from Johnson & Johnson will be paid over 9 years

Application Process

  • Not established

Spending So Far

  • NA

Key Contacts

  • Office of the Attorney General, Drew H. Wrigley,, 701-328-2210

Key Links

How About Your County?

To get a quick overview of the resources available in your county, including gaps that may need to be addressed, visit the Recovery Ecosystem Index Map developed through a partnership between the Fletcher Group Rural Center of Excellence, the NORC Walsh Center at the University of Chicago, and East Tennessee State University.

Need More Info?


A year in the making by a staff of ten, the Fletcher Group’s 82-page Recovery Housing Landscape Report provides an in-depth overview of the most recent laws, policies, and funding affecting recovery housing. You’ll find sections devoted to state laws, SAMHSA funding, Medicaid, corrections, and housing assistance plus numerous links to valuable resources and official documents. To see the complete downloadable report, click the image to the left.

This web page is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of an award totaling $13.7 million with 0% financed with non-governmental sources. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by HRSA, HHS, or the U.S. Government.