Mental Health Center
Squeezed out primarily by a shortage of parking, the South Central Montana Regional Mental Health Center has sold its building on Avenue D for $800,000 and is moving downtown to be closer to the people it serves.
For the first time since 1996, adolescents with mental health issues — and their families — will have access to counseling and psychiatric services through the Billings-based community mental health center.
The three top administrators of the Eastern Montana Community Mental Health Center in Miles City who were fired earlier this month have hired a Billings attorney to fight the terminations.
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…
Happy New Year greetings ring true at the Mental Health Center that serves Yellowstone and 10 neighboring counties.
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.
Members of Governor Steve Bullock's staff toured Billings' services that cater to those who need assistance due to mental health issues.
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.
Need for mental health care of indigent Montanans has grown faster than funding.
When this column called for support of the Community Crisis Center two months ago, a crucial state grant was in question.
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.
Deep cuts are being made to mental-health services for the poor in south-central Montana in response to declining state and federal support.
Attending a buffalo hunt on the Crow Reservation is a sacred experience for tribal members and a rare privilege for nonmembers. For 10 Billings people, last weekend’s hunt was also a time to affirm their commitment to sobriety and to strengthen new friendships based on shared drug-free lifestyles.
It was the pets that really got Gary Smith's attention.
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.