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Mental Health

Lake House offers behavioral health crisis stabilization and care in Polson.
Eric Whitney

  There was a ribbon-cutting for a new mental health crisis center in Polson today.

Governor Steve Bullock praised dozens of local dignitaries and community members at Lake House, a new eight-bed facility across the street from St. Joseph Hospital in Polson.

MDC, The treatment and housing center for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities is set to close in June 2017.
Dan Boyce

The committee charged with closing the Montana Developmental Center has voted to keep part of the Boulder facility open indefinitely.

Missoula County Detention Center
Courtesy Missoula County Detention Center

Missoula city and county leaders want to know what the public thinks about their ideas reduce the county’s jail population.

Montana State Hospital in Warm Springs.
Courtesy Montana State Hospital

Governor Steve Bullock announced that 16 Montana counties have received a total of almost $2 million in state funding to help keep the mentally ill out of jail and, when possible,the state mental hospital.

Montana State Senator Diane Sands.
Courtesy Maureen and Mike Mansfield Center, University of Montana

Montana lawmakers are wondering how to track the effectiveness of nearly $20 million being injected into the state's mental health care system this year.

An Interim Committee Monday heard positive feedback on the funding package. But health care providers say they're not sure what data to collect to demonstrate whether new and expanded programs are successful.  

About the book:

At a young age, Jessie Close struggled with symptoms that would transform into severe bipolar disorder in her early twenties, but she was not properly diagnosed until the age of fifty.

MDC, The treatment and housing center for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities is set to close in June 2017.
Dan Boyce

Since the Montana Legislature voted earlier this year to close the Montana Developmental Center in Boulder and transition its roughly 60 clients to community based group homes, a committee of lawmakers and community members has been working out the details of the transition. Thursday that committee took a tour of the MDC campus in Boulder.

MDC, The treatment and housing center for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities is set to close in June 2017.
Dan Boyce

Monday in Helena, an appointed committee began preparations to close the Montana Developmental Center (MDC) and put its clients into community-based treatment. The panel is also being asked to deal with sinking employee morale.

ACLU

A new report says too many of Montana's county jails are unsafe for inmates.

The president of the Montana Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association says it makes some valid points and adds there’s a reason for those conditions.

Chris Hoffman is also sheriff of Ravalli County and says operating jails isn’t easy.

"It is difficult work. Our mandate is to keep those facilities clean and safe for both the inmates and detention officers. It's a challenge every day."

Two More Mental Health Bills Advance In The Montana House

Feb 11, 2015
Montana House chambers.
William Marcus

The Children, Families, Health and Human Services interim Committee spent months studying several issues, including mental health services. That panel’s package intends to intervene early and when possible use community-based services.

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