Strong and Safe Communities Initiative

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As commodity prices have dipped and North Dakota has gone into recession, challenges the state is facing have been amplified.
Senator Heidi Heitkamp began the Strong and Safe Communities Initiative during the height of the boom in 2014 to address issues like human trafficking, drug crime, Indian Country challenges and more.

Now, her office has released a report to outline how the state is doing and some ideas to make it better.
Those include training to help first responders deal with an oil train derailment and bringing advocates together with a common message to fight trafficking.
It also suggests there should be better collaboration between doctors, police, schools and more to address mental health issues.

"I think frequently when we're involved in these kinds of efforts, we wonder, whatever happened? Is there something is being done in response to your input? And that's why we think it's critical to release the report," says Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-North Dakota.

The full report is attached to this article.