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News from DPHHS

HELENA — The Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS) Director Adam Meier announced recently that new online resources have been added to for parents or those in a parenting role.

The new resources include podcasts featuring parenting experts, guidance and information about teens and marijuana and other drug misuse, and more tools and resources covering vital topics such as stress and childhood trauma.

The website empowers parents with tools, information, and examples of what to say in different parenting situations with their child.

Kimberly Koch of DPHHS’s Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities Division said with recent changes to marijuana laws in Montana, the time is right for parents to be prepared to address these concerns with their children.

“It is never too early for parents to have meaningful conversations with their children about these important topics,” Koch said. 

DPHHS and the Center for Health and Safety Culture at Montana State University developed to help parents strengthen their skills, while also building their children’s social and emotional skills.

Research shows the mental, emotional, and behavioral development of children directly impacts their academic and health-related outcomes in childhood and adulthood. In addition to tools for parents, offers resources for community prevention coordinators to help spread the word and facilitate related conversations with parents. Additionally, resources for engaging teachers, healthcare providers, law enforcement, and other community liaisons are available as well.


Sandpiper Gallery opens scholarship application period

News from the Sandpiper Gallery and Gift Shop

LAKE, SANDERS COUNTIES — The Sandpiper Art Gallery and Gift Shop in Polson has opened the application period for their art scholarship program. Each year they offer art scholarships to deserving students from Lake and Sanders Counties.

Scholarships are available to students accepted or currently enrolled in college, specialized art schools, and vocational institutions. Applicants must meet criteria of majoring in art forms such as painting, sculpture, fiber art, graphic art, photography and ceramics. Criteria also includes professional careers in education, research, scientific art illustration, art archaeology and museum curatorship.

The non-profit Sandpiper Gallery began about 50 years in Polson with a mission to encourage and promote appreciation and participation in the arts. They use money from their art-in-the-park shows for scholarships.

Students may get applications from three sources:  their high school, by email at: or from the Sandpiper Gallery, P.O. Box 1163, Polson, MT 59860. Applications are due by May 1.


Carroll College receives grant for scholarships

News from Carroll College

HELENA — Carroll College will be awarded a $440,000 grant from the state of Montana through its investment in the Accelerate Montana rapid workforce training program. This grant will allow Carroll College to offer a total of 32 scholarships of $12,500 to students entering the Accelerated Nursing and Master of Social Work programs. 

“I am grateful to Governor Gianforte for his commitment to support lifelong learners wanting to pursue a career in the allied health fields which Montana desperately needs,” said Dr. John Cech, president of Carroll College. “The special and timely $12,500 scholarships for Carroll’s Accelerated Nursing RN program and our flexible and accessible online Master of Social Work program will help provide more urgently needed health professionals to serve Montana.  To learn more about the Accelerated Nursing program track at Carroll College and for information on admission requirements and how to apply, visit:

To learn more about the Master of Social Work program at Carroll College and for information on how to apply, visit:

To learn more about the scholarship and the application process, please contact the Assistant Director of Admission, Nicole Noel, 406-447-4394 or


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