One of the three homes in Montana run by nonprofit organizations that help young moms and their kids stay out of the state’s foster care system closed last week. It was in Billings.
Budget cuts imposed by the state Legislature last year mean the state health department is eliminating more than $1.5 million in funding* for these kinds of organizations, sometimes referred to as "second chance homes."
Montanans Speak Out On State Addiction Treatment Cuts
Access to mental health services and addiction treatment, something that has never been great in Montana, could see a significant funding reduction next month as the state health department reduces its substance disorder services.
"If I wouldn’t have had that I probably wouldn’t be alive today. They saved my life," Jennifer Munger says.
Two State Retirement Systems Not Actuarially Sound, Report Says
State lawmakers will receive the legislative audit report Wednesday morning. It says that two public retirement plans are not actuarially sound, meaning the plans will take longer than the 30 years required by law to have enough money to cover the cost of anticipated future retirements.
Budget Cuts Will Dismantle Montana's Community Services, Disability Advocates Say
A group of disability rights advocates are calling on Governor Steve Bullock to immediately backfill some of the more than $49 million in cuts to the state health department made during the special legislative session last year. But, the governor’s office says it doesn’t have the power to do that.
Montana Offers New Apprenticeships For Brain Injury Care
Montana ranks among the top three states in the nation per capita for traumatic brain injuries, according to industry workers and advocacy groups. Traumatic brain injuries, or TBIs, include strokes, brain infections, or a hit to the head that causes brain damage.
Now that Montana is a few months removed from a special legislative session called by Governor Bullock to balance the state budget, Montana Public Radio is checking in with Democratic and Republican legislative leaders to get their thoughts on what’s happened since they left Helena.
1,300 Montana Executive Branch Jobs Currently Unfilled
There are currently more than 1,300 unfilled jobs in Montana executive branch agencies. It’s still unclear exactly how many of those positions are being kept open as a result of the state’s budget shortfall.
The budget state lawmakers passed last year authorizes more than 13,000 employees in administrative agencies like the state departments of health, corrections and transportation.
Republican Finance Leader Ballance On State Budget Cuts
We’ve been reporting a lot on the budget cuts Governor Steve Bullock’s administration has been making as a result of a more than $200 million state budget shortfall. The cuts are the result of bills passed in the regular and special legislative sessions in 2017.
Since then political leaders on both sides of the aisle have been distancing themselves from some of the impacts of those decisions.