Agency seeks input on North Dakota’s independent living amendment

BISMARCK – The N.D. Department of Human Services’ Division of Vocational Rehabilitation and the Statewide Independent Living Council are sponsoring a public comment period to allow interested individuals to provide input on North Dakota’s amendment to the State Plan for Independent Living. An amendment was required because the Rehabilitation Services Administration awarded North Dakota an additional $9,300 federal grant. The amendment directs how the additional funds should be distributed to the Centers for Independent Living.

People can provide public comments at Independence Inc. in Minot on Wednesday, July 9, from 2 to 3 p.m.

Individuals needing accommodations to participate in the public comment period can contact Helen Baumgartner at 1-800-755-2745 or ND Relay TTY 1-800-366-6888 by June 25.

The department will accept written comments until 5 p.m. on July 9. People can send them to Baumgartner at the N.D. Department of Human Services’ Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, 1237 West Divide Ave., Suite 1-B, Bismarck, ND 58501, or

The State Plan for Independent Living is online at ( It can also be obtained by calling 328-8950, toll free 1-800-755-2745, or ND Relay TTY 1-800-366-6888.