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Helping people with disabilities stay at home and in their communities, rather than putting them in group homes or nursing homes.

That’s the mission of the North Dakota Statewide Independent Living Council.

"It's to help people to live in their communities, their homes, and living independent lives," said council chairman Brittney Hogan  of Minot. She was asked how North Dakota is doing toward fulfilling that goal.

"I think we have some great centers for independent living," Hogan said. "But being such a rural state, we have barriers."

The president of the North Dakota Long-Term Care association said as a concept, nursing homes support the idea of a provider assessment.

But Shelly Peterson said her group will likely have some amendments to it.

Former Gov. Jack Dalrymple proposed it in his executive budget, to meet some of the increased costs.  He said 44 other states have used that funding tool.

Effort to end basic care moratorium fails in the House

Feb 21, 2013

For years, North Dakota has had a moratorium on the number of allowable beds for long-term care facilities.

It’s part of the state’s efforts to keep people at home longer – and out of nursing homes.

An effort to remove the moratorium failed in the House.

Rep. Robin Weisz (R-Hurdsfield) says under current state law, you can open up a new facility – but you have to purchase bed capacity from another existing facility. Weisz says there is a skilled care facility in Underwood that closed – and the beds were moved to Bismarck.