Evolution of a Crisis
Gaps in Services
• 1 in 5 youth experience mental illness.1
• In 2015, North Dakota had 3,790 total referrals
for child abuse and neglect.6
• Mental illness, domestic violence, and
substance abuse are common in maltreatment
• 1 in 10 youth has a mental health problem that
impacts home, school or community life.2
• Addiction to opioids is destroying families,
causing a surge in foster care admissions.
• Many of these youth become involved with
the juvenile justice or child welfare system.
• 75-80% of youth in need of mental health
services don’t receive them.3
• Mental health crises are stressing hospitals,
police departments and schools.
• In 2015, the number of North Dakota children
living apart from their families in out-of-home
care increased by 27.5% over 2011 numbers.4
• Preventative services and supports for families
are critical as needs grow.
• Funding for services has not kept pace with
• There is a nationwide shortage of foster
• Limited staff and foster families, as well as
transportation barriers, make rural supports
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