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When the roughly 10 percent of adult Montanans with a substance-use disorder commit a crime, the state lacks enough drug courts to help them stay out of incarceration and navigate treatment. That’s according to a new report on Montana treatment courts released Thursday.

Most, about 90 percent, of those Montanas with a substance-use disorder aren’t receiving treatment for their illness.

The Montana Healthcare Foundation has pledged $1.2 million to help pregnant women receive addiction and behavioral health treatment.
Montana Healthcare Foundation

Pregnant women in Montana should have a lot easier time getting help for addiction and mental health problems if $5 million in grant funding announced Monday works as intended.

Most of the money is coming from the federal government, but at least $1.2 million has been pledged by the Montana Healthcare Foundation.

The Solving Perinatal Drug and Alcohol Use Initiative uses a system of care made up of clinical and community teams that provide the patient with comprehensive primary care, behavioral health and social services.
Montana Healthcare Foundation

The state health department announced it's getting $5.6 million in grant funding to help pregnant women who are struggling with addiction or other behavioral health problems.

The health department's Jen Rieden says it can be hard for women to find treatment beyond basic pregnancy care outside of Montana's big cities. 

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

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The committee that oversees Montana’s Medicaid expansion is expected to recommend that it continue beyond its 2019 sunset date.

A draft document released Friday suggests expansion has helped nine percent more adults who are eligible for Medicaid join the workforce in Montana. It also says six percent more of Medicaid eligible adults with disabilities are joining the workforce.

Montana lawmakers voted to expand Medicaid here in 2015 in part because the bill doing so included incentives to help those receiving the health coverage to get jobs, or better paying jobs.

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