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Articles with the Tag: mental health

New behavioral healthcare services announced

News from DPHHS HELENA — Governor Gianforte and Department of Public Health and Human Services Director Charlie Brereton recently announced an expansion of behavioral health services for Montanans. The announcement comes after the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services approved a waiver sou...

Governor invests $8M to improve behavioral health crisis response in Montana

News from the office of Governor Gianforte HELENA — Governor Greg Gianforte recently announced an investment of up to $8 million to improve community-based response services for individuals experiencing a behavioral health crisis. As recommended by the Behavioral Health System for Future Genera...

Former patrolman seeks help finishing home, getting treatment Former patrolman seeks help finishing home, getting treatment

A former Montana Highway Patrolman from Ronan has started a Gofundme to raise money to finish building his family home and to access additional healthcare to deal with trauma stemming from his previous work as a trooper. Zach Miller served as a highway patrolman from February of 2014 until November of 202...

Montana VA to unveil VA’s first mobile medical unit to treat veterans with depression

News from the Montana VA BILLINGS — Montana VA Health Care System (Montana VA) is hosting a ribbon cutting at 11 a.m. on July 21 at the Benjamin Steele VA Clinic in Billings to unveil a Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) Mobile Medical Unit (MMU). Montana VA is also hosting a Heath Fair to he...

Legislative Notes

We would wager that nearly every Montana family has struggled in some way with mental health, diabetes, or postpartum health care. The 2023 Legislature made unprecedented investments in all three of those areas that together will positively impact families in every corner of our state.  Not only did ...

WMMHC embarks on a new era

News from WMMHC MISSOULA — As the nation continues to see a shift in funding for mental health services, Western Montana Mental Health Center embarks on significant changes to better provide and meet the integral need for mental health care in Montana. With the goal of meeting patients exactly whe...

Tester addresses law enforcement, mental health

MONTANA — In a recent press call, Senator Jon Tester addressed bipartisan bills in the works to support Montana’s law enforcement and measures to be taken to support the mental wellbeing of Montanans.  During the week of March 22, Tester backed the “Recruit and Retain Act,&rdqu...

Lucas sentenced for possession with intent to distribute Lucas sentenced for possession  with intent to distribute

POLSON — A Spokane woman was committed in Polson District Court on March 2 to 10 years with the Montana Department of Corrections with five years suspended on one count of criminal possession with intent to distribute. The sentence for Taucia Lee Lucas, 37, was in accordance with a plea agreement reach...

Songwriter brings hope to kids at a national level Songwriter brings hope to kids at a national level

POLSON — A songwriter from Polson has just announced the launch of an organization that will help strengthen mental health support for young people in underserved areas like where he grew up.  Songwriter Tom Fugleberg, son of longtime Polson “newspaper guy” Paul Fugleberg, launched ...

Amid dire suicide rates, governor expands student mental health screening

HELENA — Bella Nyman has struggled with her mental health since age 7, when she was diagnosed with bipolar disorder and anxiety.  Nyman said she was afraid to tell her parents she had thoughts of suicide. Looking back, a mental health screening might have helped her to stop hiding her struggles...


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