The Mental Health Center that serves 11 counties of south central Montana lost about $200,000 on operations in the first 11 months of 2014. The governor’s executive budget proposal won’t bring the MHC out of the red over the next two years – unless changes are made.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the supporters of South Central Montana Regional Mental Health Center. Without the generous support of the community, many programs would not be able to provide the level of services needed.
On Jan. 1, this column called attention to the urgent need for affordable, accessible, high-quality mental health care for all Montanans.
If Yellowstone County residents were admitted to Montana State Hospital at the same rate as the rest of the state, the psychiatric hospital would have seen dozens more patients last year.
Standing in the main reception room at the Community Crisis Center, members of Gov. Steve Bullock's staff watched and listened.
The waiting lists for new clients seeking mental-health care in Eastern Montana keep growing and growing.
Need for mental health care of indigent Montanans has grown faster than funding.
Deep cuts are being made to mental-health services for the poor in south-central Montana in response to declining state and federal support.
Dr. James Peak apologizes for his past behavior and says, "I finally feel in control of an illness that I'd had for a long time." Michael Ramirez, right, clinical coordinator with the Montana Professional Assistance Program Inc. in Billings says Peak is a "strong candidate for rehabilitation…
Michael Ramirez, clinical coordinator with the Montana Professional Assistance Program Inc. in Billings, says, "I believe that his remorse is genuine and heartfelt. He has paid his debt to society."
Peakdiscusses his remorse for his previous behavior and his desire for a second chance as Michael Ramirez, right, clinical coordinator with the Montana Professional Assistance Program Inc., listens.
Most Montana Medicaid rates have not increased for several years. The Legislature budgeted a 2 percent rate increase in fiscal year 2009, but Gov. Brian Schweitzer rescinded it because state revenue projections were dropping sharply.
Montana’s mental health safety net is full of holes.
Barbara Mettler, executive director of the Mental Health Center in Billings, greets clients, staff members and volunteers during a Christmas party. The nonprofit MHC serves adults with serious mental illnesses in 11 Montana counties.
They came with hearty appetites, insatiable hope and the wide-eyed innocence of children at Christmas.
The Billings-based Mental Health Center, which serves a population of more than 200,000 people in 11 counties, has a new leader.
Barbara Mettler, new director of the Mental Health Center