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Barbara Mettler

Gazette opinion: 2% isn’t a solution for community mental health

Gazette opinion: 2% isn’t a solution for community mental health

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.

December 18, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Mental health center thanks its supporters

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.

December 25, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Gazette opinion: Mentally ill Montanans struggle without Medicaid

On Jan. 1, this column called attention to the urgent need for affordable, accessible, high-quality mental health care for all Montanans.

November 27, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Gazette opinion: How to prevent unnecessary trips to Warm Springs

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.

November 06, 2013 12:00 amLoading…
Bullock advisers, DPHHS director tour Billings' mental health facilities

Bullock advisers, DPHHS director tour Billings' mental health facilities

Standing in the main reception room at the Community Crisis Center, members of Gov. Steve Bullock's staff watched and listened.

October 30, 2013 7:15 pmLoading…
Mental-health services in Billings grab Gov. Bullock's attention

Mental-health services in Billings grab Gov. Bullock's attention

The waiting lists for new clients seeking mental-health care in Eastern Montana keep growing and growing.

October 28, 2013 7:13 am Photos

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Gazette opinion: Community will suffer with new gap in mental care

Need for mental health care of indigent Montanans has grown faster than funding.

October 07, 2013 12:00 amLoading…
Mental health services face deep cuts

Mental health services face deep cuts

Deep cuts are being made to mental-health services for the poor in south-central Montana in response to declining state and federal support.

September 27, 2013 5:51 pmLoading…
Dr. James Peak

Dr. James Peak

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…

August 04, 2013 12:00 pmLoading…
Barbara Mettler

Barbara Mettler

Mettler

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Michael Ramirez

Michael Ramirez

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."

August 04, 2013 12:00 amLoading…
Dr. James Peak

Dr. James Peak

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.

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Gazette opinion: Stop starving Montana care givers: Enact HB12

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.

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Gazette opinion: Writing prescriptions for better mental health

Gazette opinion: Writing prescriptions for better mental health

Montana’s mental health safety net is full of holes.

January 27, 2013 12:00 amLoading…
Mental Health Center

Mental Health Center

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.  

January 01, 2013 12:00 amLoading…
Christmas comes early for Mental Health Center clients

Christmas comes early for Mental Health Center clients

They came with hearty appetites, insatiable hope and the wide-eyed innocence of children at Christmas.

December 18, 2012 4:00 pm Related Loading…
Colorado woman tapped to lead Mental Health Center

Colorado woman tapped to lead Mental Health Center

The Billings-based Mental Health Center, which serves a population of more than 200,000 people in 11 counties, has a new leader.

October 19, 2012 8:00 pmLoading…
Barbara Mettler

Barbara Mettler

Barbara Mettler, new director of the Mental Health Center

October 19, 2012 6:58 amLoading…

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