Montana State Hospital
HELENA — Annette Russ told a legislative budget panel Thursday that when her son was released from Montana State Prison recently, he had a 10-day furlough and no medication for his schizophrenia — and quickly had a “psychotic episode.”
As Montana’s suicide rate continues to inch upward, attention is turning to what some call a broken mental health system.
Montana’s struggling mental health care system may finally be getting much-needed attention.
HELENA — A 26-year-old Helena man was arrested late Saturday after he allegedly fired a .380 caliber pistol at multiple deputies.
SIDNEY — A defense expert testified Monday that a Colorado man is unfit for trial in the murder of a Montana teacher because he is easily confused and displays the intelligence of an 11-year-old, leaving him unable to understand the case against him.
In the 10 years since our youngest son became seriously mentally ill, he tried to commit suicide five times rather than continue to live with his disease.
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.
The stories are heart-wrenching. Serious violations of civil rights law are alleged.
POLSON — A 34-year-old Polson woman has been sentenced to the Montana State Hospital for stabbing her mother during an argument last year.
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…
MISSOULA — A Missoula judge entered a not guilty plea on behalf of a 25-year-old man charged with beating his grandmother to death with a chair.
Warm Springs is 107 miles from Bozeman, 248 miles from Billings, 255 miles from Lewistown and 392 from Miles City. Yet that tiny town is the site of Montana's only state-run psychiatric hospital.
A state judge has delayed a January trial in the killing of an eastern Montana teacher after state health officials requested more time to conduct a competency evaluation on the defendant.
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.
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.
When this column called for support of the Community Crisis Center two months ago, a crucial state grant was in question.
BUTTE — The man convicted in the stabbing death of “Chicago Bob” in 2011 received a life sentence Thursday to be served at a mental-care facility.
Too many of the women sent to the Montana Women’s Prison return. In recent years, between a quarter and a third of all inmates released, came back — most of them for violating conditions of their parole. Less than 4 percent were convicted of new crimes.
Joan Daly, deputy warden for treatment services at the Montana Women’s Prison on South 27th Street, has been named the new warden, the Montana Department of Corrections announced Friday.
KALISPELL — A 20-year-old Kalispell man has been sentenced to 35 years in the Montana State Hospital for a break-in that left a Kalispell man with stab wounds to his arm and mouth.