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Billings public services stretched as number of chronically homeless rises

Billings public services stretched as number of chronically homeless rises

Minutes after receiving a call to assist a man in a wheelchair complaining of leg pain, firefighters from Billings Fire Station No. 2 and paramedics from American Medical Response arrived at the corner of Montana Avenue and North 28th Street.

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Guest opinion: GOP needs to support funding for better public health

Health issues were big news in The Billings Gazette recently, even before the Ebola and enterovirus D68 outbreaks. In October a front page headline announced: “Poverty hinders Montana’s access to health care.” The lead article on Sept. 30 stated: “Feds give $14.9M to Montana for health care …

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Looking for new ways to help Billings' homeless and transient population

Looking for new ways to help Billings' homeless and transient population

Billings has the pieces in place to stem its transient and homeless problems, a panel of experts from San Antonio and San Diego said during a press conference preceding the Community Innovations Summit Wednesday afternoon.

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MSUB students help with law enforcement crisis training

MSUB students help with law enforcement crisis training

Every year since 2007, students from Montana State University Billings’ theater program have helped hundreds of law enforcement officials from across Montana put newly learned skills in dealing with people with mental health or substance abuse crisis events to the test.

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Gazette opinion: Train more officers to deal with downtown issues

Gazette opinion: Train more officers to deal with downtown issues

Law enforcement officers need the right tools to deal with people in crisis because of mental health or substance abuse problems.

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Gazette opinion: Grants won’t solve county’s ongoing problem

Collaboration between the Yellowstone County jail and the Community Crisis Center helped connect seriously mentally ill and addicted inmates to treatment services in the community, services that continued upon release from jail.

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Gazette opinion: Crisis center saves lives, money

Gazette opinion: Crisis center saves lives, money

South central Montana’s unusually cold, icy winter has been especially hard on the folks who arrive on foot and by patrol car every day and night at the Community Crisis Center. All have serious mental illnesses or chemical dependencies; most have both. More than 80 percent are homeless or o…

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Gazette opinion: Community remedies for health care gaps

When Yellowstone County residents gathered at a public forum to discuss community health, the top unmet need identified was mental health. It was no coincidence that the second highest need, according to the group, is substance abuse.

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Shelters in 'triage mode' helping homeless during cold snap

Shelters in 'triage mode' helping homeless during cold snap

Thursday night at the Community Crisis Center was busy.

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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.

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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.

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Gazette opinion: Community care best prescription for mental health

Fifty years ago this month, President John F. Kennedy signed the Community Mental Health Act, a law that has helped millions of Americans leave or avoid confinement in state mental institutions.

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Volunteer

The Billings Gazette is committed to promoting volunteerism as a way to build a caring community for all citizens. This listing includes opportunities registered with the United Way Volunteer Center.

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Gazette opinion: State grant averts crisis center crisis

When this column called for support of the Community Crisis Center two months ago, a crucial state grant was in question.

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Gazette opinion: State should help support regional safety net

So far this year, the Community Crisis Center, 704 N. 30th St., has served more than 600 clients a month. Open 24/7, the nonprofit center welcomes adults from all over Montana who suffer from mental illnesses and chemical addictions. Young, old, most homeless, many veterans. The center’s sma…

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New resources for homeless people unveiled

New resources for homeless people unveiled

Two new resources for homeless people were introduced at an afternoon reception in Billings on Tuesday.

June 25, 2013 5:57 pm Photos

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Pension snafu. An error in the new law that reformed Montana’s Public Employees Retirement System would cause employer and employee contribution increases to disappear too soon and would extend cuts in retiree benefits longer than intended.

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Gazette opinion: Put new ideas to work to ease jail crowding

Gazette opinion: Put new ideas to work to ease jail crowding

The Yellowstone County jail was built to hold a maximum of 297 inmates. Last week, it held 438.

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Gazette opinion: Capitol decisions should promote mental health

For the past several months, The Billings Gazette has reported “State of Despair,” an in-depth series on suicide in Montana. Reporter Cindy Uken has told the stories of Montanans who have lost loved ones to suicide, and Montanans who are working to prevent this leading cause of death in our state.

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