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Articles with the Tag: mental health

A note on Montana Gap series

In late 2017, Montana legislators voted to substantially cut funding for mental health care, in response to a budget shortfall. In the wake of the budget cuts, a group of Montana newsrooms, in collaboration with High Country News and the Solutions Journalism Network, explored how communities are preventing t...

Where the old folks go Where the old folks go

After graduating from Harvard Medical School in 1986, Bill Thomas started working as the medical director of a small nursing home in central New York. It was a run-of-the-mill institution, “depressing and dispiriting,” he says. He was attending to an elderly resident’s rash one day when she...

Chasing the curve: As budgets churn, can Montana get its mentally ill care before they hit crisis? Chasing the curve: As budgets churn, can Montana get its mentally ill care before they hit crisis?

Sarah sat in her Livingston home with the front door locked and her eyes closed, picturing the path to Gallatin Mental Health Center in Bozeman for day treatment. It’s 26 miles, across a pass, with strangers at the end of the trip — too far, for someone who struggled to imagine walking around the...

Peer support, increasingly professionalized, helps struggling Montanans reclaim their lives Peer support, increasingly professionalized, helps struggling Montanans reclaim their lives

(This story is part of The Montana Gap project, produced in partnership with the Solutions Journalism Network.) There’s some hope around a folding table here, inside this smallish Main Street storefront in Ronan, Montana, at the Never Alone Recovery Center. Outside, it’s a sunny Tuesday eve...

Understanding ACEs promotes healing Understanding ACEs promotes healing

There’s a problem and we all have the solution. According to The Center for the Developing Child at Harvard University, “When adults have opportunities to build the core skills that are needed to be productive participants in the workforce and to provide stable, responsive environments for the...

Montana newspapers report on mental health Montana newspapers report on mental health

In late 2017, Montana legislators voted to substantially cut funding for mental health care, in response to a budget shortfall. Some of the effects on the state’s mental health system were immediate: Mental health centers in Livingston, Libby and elsewhere closed or contracted, leaving many, especially...

Teenagers get involved in suicide prevention Teenagers get involved in suicide prevention

ARLEE – Lane Johnson, 17, dribbled a basketball down a concrete court in his hometown with the skill of a state champion and easily dropped the ball through the hoop.  His skill developed after hours of practice and years of playing the game, and in that time, he never thought he would become a...

Breaking her silence Breaking her silence

LAKE COUNTY – Penny Lippincott, 74, wanted to keep her experience with childhood abuse buried in the past, but it always came back to haunt her no matter how hard she tried to ignore it. The daily news even had a way of triggering her memories, which is what happened recently.  She was listenin...

Risky teen behavior report indicates some positive trends, increased mental health issues Risky teen behavior report indicates some positive trends, increased mental health issues

Submission from the Montana Office of Public Instruction HELENA—The Montana high school results from the 2017 Youth Risk Behavior Survey have been released today by the Montana Office of Public Instruction and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The biennial survey, conducted in F...


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