Behavioral Health Summit In Energy Country

Dickinson, ND - Over 150 EMTs, social workers, nurses, licensed addiction counselors, school counselors, municipal officials, hospital personnel, long term care employees, oil industry safety officers, human resource directors, probation and parole officers and interested members of the public will gather at the Rough Rider Center, Watford City, ND April 26 and 27. Vision West ND is sponsoring its second Summit on Behavioral Health in Energy Country. “Today many in families, in local government, and in private business must deal with behavioral health issues – addiction, stress, depression, etc. The energy growth in western North Dakota brought the issue to the forefront, and COVID added several more layers of the issue,” states Deb Nelson, Vision West ND administrator.

An outstanding selection of presenters and topics are represented at this conference. It will prove to be very rewarding.  Conference workshop held on April 26 and 27 will cover topics such as:

The “big” behavioral health picture

• Addressing mental health within educational systems

• Legislative mental health policy and advocacy

• Effects of COVID on the professional workforce

• Power of Inclusion

• Virtual mental health options for the general public

• Normalizing Sobriety

• And more

Daniel Kelly, committee chair, urges all North Dakotans to sign up for this workshop. “The fee is extremely reasonable, and it is the first in-person conference for mental and behavioral health to be held in western North Dakota,” he stated. In addition, Kelly urges businesses and communities in western North Dakota to consider being an exhibitor or one of the many sponsors needed to cover the cost of this event.

Anyone interested in registering, becoming a sponsor or nominating someone for various awards should email [email protected]. To register for the summit, go to and click on the Behavioral Health tab at the top of the page.


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