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Montana suicides continue to creep up; rate remains twice the national average

Montana suicides continue to creep up; rate remains twice the national average

As Montana’s suicide rate continues to inch upward, attention is turning to what some call a broken mental health system.

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Gazette opinion: Build better mental health system with community care

Montana’s struggling mental health care system may finally be getting much-needed attention.

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Helena man arrested for shooting at police

HELENA — A 26-year-old Helena man was arrested late Saturday after he allegedly fired a .380 caliber pistol at multiple deputies.

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Defense expert: Suspect in teacher's murder has mental capacity of 11-year-old

Defense expert: Suspect in teacher's murder has mental capacity of 11-year-old

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.

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Guest opinion: Montana's mental health system must be transformed

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.

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Gazette opinion: Reform must start with support for community care

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.

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Gazette opinion: End mistreatment of mentally ill inmates

Gazette opinion: End mistreatment of mentally ill inmates

The stories are heart-wrenching. Serious violations of civil rights law are alleged.

March 09, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Woman gets state commitment for stabbing mother

POLSON — A 34-year-old Polson woman has been sentenced to the Montana State Hospital for stabbing her mother during an argument last year.

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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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Mental eval for man charged in grandmother's death

Mental eval for man charged in grandmother's death

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.

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Guest opinion: Gifts bridge distance for state mental patients

Guest opinion: Gifts bridge distance for state mental patients

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.

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Sidney teacher murder trial delayed for competency tests

Sidney teacher murder trial delayed for competency tests

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.

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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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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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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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Man who stabbed ‘Chicago Bob’ gets life term at state hospital

Man who stabbed ‘Chicago Bob’ gets life term at state hospital

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.

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Gazette opinion: Focus on life outside — Prison must reduce recidivism

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.

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Corrections names new Montana Women’s Prison warden

Corrections names new Montana Women’s Prison warden

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.

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Kalispell man sentenced to state hospital for stabbing

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.

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Defense to argue mental disease in Dixon murder trial

Defense to argue mental disease in Dixon murder trial

THOMPSON FALLS – The attorney for a Missoula man accused of murder during a brutal home invasion in Dixon in December will argue his client suffers from a mental disease or defect, and lacked specific intent, when the case goes to trial this summer.

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