FAQ

  • 18.1% of adult North Dakotans (roughly 105,523) have experienced some form of mental illness.  (SAMHSA’s 2014 National Survey on Drug Use and Health and Kids Count’s 2015 Population Estimates for North Dakota.
  • Between 13 to 20% of children in North Dakota (between 22,610 and 34,785) have a mental disorder.  (Center for Disease Control and Prevention “Mental Health Surveillance Among Children-United States, 2005-2011” and North Dakota Kids Count’s 2015).
  • F-M Ambulance Services in North Dakota report that 1/3 of their calls are behavioral health related, including depression, suicidal ideation, anxiety and depression.  Sherm Syverson, F-M Ambulance Service Testimony (March 8, 2016).
  • 70% of North Dakota judges have sentenced at least one person to prison (even if they were not considered high-risk) to receive mental health, alcohol, or drug addiction treatment.  (“Justice Reinvestment in North Dakota: Interim Report,” (April 20, 2016.)
  • 89% of youth in juvenile corrections have mental health problems.  Director of Division of Juvenile Services, North Dakota Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation Testimony (January 6, 2016).
  • 75% of youth in juvenile corrections have a serious emotional disorder.   Director of Division of Juvenile Services, North Dakota Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation Testimony (January 6, 2016).
  • 56% of youth in juvenile corrections have a mental health issue that requires medication which must be monitored by psychiatry.  Director of Division of Juvenile Services, North Dakota Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation Testimony (January 6, 2016).
  • Approximately 44% of the inmate population is diagnosed with a mental illness and 30% are prescribed psychiatric medications.  North Dakota Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation 2011 – 2013 Biennial Report