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A medical center dedicated exclusively to injury rehabilitation opened in Billings this week. They say their facility is unique in the state.

Correction: A previous version of this story incorrectly named Kenzie House as Sober Beginning's third sober home. Kacy Keith and Traci Jordan recently opened Ruthie House.

Three new sober homes have opened in Billings this summer. The women behind them say dorm-style houses offer a safe space for people working through addiction. But some treatment providers say sober living homes are part of a larger system of treatment that needs improvement.


Billings Clinic announced Wednesday it hired Bozeman-based Martel Construction to build phase one of its new medical campus in Bozeman.

Billings Clinic in Billings, MT.
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The federal government’s big, new effort to allow veterans to use their VA health benefits to pay for healthcare from private doctors, clinics and hospitals launched Thursday. But the last effort went so badly in Montana that many are worried that the private sector won’t want to participate. That doesn’t appear to be happening, but the whole deal is still very much in pencil here.

Bill Aims To Protect Pregnant Women Seeking Addiction Treatment

Mar 19, 2019
Sen. Diane Sands, D-Missoula, is carrying Senate Bill 289, and says pregnant women are less likely to to seek treatment for addiction if there is a “threat of being charged with drug possession.”
Shaylee Ragar / UM Legislative News Service


In 2017, the state Department of Public Health and Human Services reported that approximately 100 babies every year experience drug withdrawal in Montana.

Now, in an effort to lower that number, lawmakers are considering a bill to help pregnant women with addictions.

At the podium, Julie Kelso, a Billings Clinic psychiatrist, announces the $250,000 donation on Dec. 10, 2018. (L to R) John Doran, BCBS Montana; Eric Arzubi, Billings Clinic psychiatrist; and Jim Ducan, President of Billings Clinic Foundation.
Corin Cates-Carney / MTPR

Montana’s first-ever medical residency program for psychiatrists received a quarter-million-dollar gift Monday. Advocates are hopeful that establishing residencies will grow the number of mental health professionals in the state.

Until recently, Montana was one of only three states in the country without a program to train psychiatrists. The other two, Alaska and Wyoming, are also among the top three places for suicides per capita - Montana is at the top of that list.

Photo courtesy of the Headwaters Foundation Facebook page.

A new nonprofit foundation in Montana is on track to give away $2.5 million by the end of 2018, its first year of grantmaking.

Billings Clinic in Billings, MT.
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The first-ever Montana medical residency for psychiatrists was announced today at Billings Clinic.

Caseworkers in Montana’s foster care system are now receiving additional training and consultation on their work with extreme childhood trauma.

Sheila Hogan, director of  Department of Public Health and Human Services, says the new education program, which kicked off in February, will allow the state’s child welfare workers to seek advice from health care professionals on some of their most challenging cases.

The Bullock Administration awarded $372,000 to nine community organizations, health care providers, and schools to fund suicide prevention efforts. The money will be used to expand existing programs or to launch new evidence-based efforts.

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