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Community Crisis Services
The state may be able to more effectively serve individuals who have similar treatment needs if it reviews and reconfigures its system of public institutions.
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.
Lack of mental health crisis services — a problem identified in an interim legislative study — spurred the 2009 Legislature to action. A trio of mental health bills aimed at improving community care was enacted.
The Gazette has regularly covered the progress of the Community Crisis Center. The latest article, "Crisis center faces financial crisis of its own," underscored the need for funding as without ongoing financial support the CCC will likely close. The CCC has become a vital part of the commun…