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BISMARCK, N.D. – North Dakota Health and Human Services (HHS) announced this week that family members who provide extraordinary care to either a child or adult enrolled in an eligible North Dakota (ND) Medicaid 1915(c) waiver may receive payments from the state through the new Family Paid Caregiver pilot program.
State funding for the pilot program was approved from the passage of Senate Bill 2276 during the 2023 legislative session.
Eligible ND Medicaid 1915(c) waivers include the Autism Spectrum Disorder Birth Through 17 Waiver, Children with Medically Fragile Needs Home and Community-Based Services Waiver, Children’s Hospice Home and Community-Based Services Waiver and the Traditional Individual with Intellectual Disabilities and Developmental Disabilities Home and Community-Based Services Waiver. More information about ND Medicaid 1915(c) waivers can be found at
“We are excited for this program to begin and provide financial help for family members who are caring for someone who has extraordinary needs,” HHS Developmental Disabilities Section Director Tina Bay said. “This program aligns with our key priorities. Providing support to family caregivers directly supports strong, stable, and healthy families.”
HHS will begin accepting applications for the Family Paid Caregiver pilot program on April 1, 2024.
Individuals who are enrolled in one of the eligible ND Medicaid 1915(c) waivers or are a legally responsible caregiver for someone who is enrolled in one of the waivers can apply.
Applicants will be required to complete an assessment to determine if the care required meets the definition of extraordinary care.
More information about the program, including where to apply can be found at

MOORHEAD – Moorhead Community Education spring and summer classes are now open for registration. Hundreds of class options provide unique learning experiences for everyone.
Looking for some new ways to express your creativity? Check out some new offerings like Quilling, Intro to Stained Glass and Glass on Glass Mosaics.
Need some help organizing children’s school memories or just need a refresh? Join Erica and Katrina from House to Home who will teach you organization techniques to help you declutter.
Are you ready to get your hands dirty in the garden? Check out some of our gardening classes like Grow Your Own Cut Flower Garden or our Resilient Yard Series and learn to make your own Rain Barrels, Compost Tumblers, Pollinator Gardens and Rain Gardens.
These and many more classes await you at Moorhead Community Education.
Through Community Education, people of all ages and all abilities have the opportunity to learn and have fun in a multitude of classes.
Anyone in the Fargo-Moorhead and surrounding areas can take a class through Moorhead Community Education.
District residents receive a discount on most classes.
Fees vary for classes.
Register for classes online at or call 218-284-3400. To stay up to date on new classes, like and follow Moorhead Community Education on Facebook.

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