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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.

September 23, 2014 12:00 amLoading…
Gazette opinion: Less room for families in addiction recovery

Gazette opinion: Less room for families in addiction recovery

Billings needs more housing for mothers recovering from drug addictions and for their children. But next week, there will be less when the Center for Children and Families closes Housing Family Matters.

June 24, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Richard Opper

Richard Opper

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Gazette opinion: State must stop growing gap in elder care payment

The 2013 Legislature heard the pleas from Montana health care providers who had gone for several years without increases in Medicaid rates, despite increases in actual costs of care.

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Report shows 27% of local adults are obese, 32% of kids live in single-parent households

Report shows 27% of local adults are obese, 32% of kids live in single-parent households

Yellowstone County is a less healthy place to live than it was last year, two years ago and even three years ago, according to the 2014 County Health Rankings, one of the most reputable rankings in the nation.

April 04, 2014 12:15 am Photos

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Group: Montana warehouses mentally ill inmates

Group: Montana warehouses mentally ill inmates

HELENA — Advocates who filed a federal lawsuit over Montana's treatment of mentally ill prisoners say they are optimistic the matter can still be resolved through negotiations with state corrections officials.

March 31, 2014 5:12 pmLoading…

Public meeting to focus on needs of people with disabilities

A public meeting focusing on the needs of people with disabilities is set for Friday, March 28 from 3 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. via videoconference in nine Montana cities.

March 04, 2014 11:45 pmLoading…

Gazette opinion: Powerful interventions help Mental Health Center

Happy New Year greetings ring true at the Mental Health Center that serves Yellowstone and 10 neighboring counties.

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State, Xerox agree to potential new roadmap on $70M Medicaid IT project

HELENA — Officials with the state and Xerox Corp. agreed Friday to take a step back and re-evaluate how best to complete the stalled $70 million redo of a claims-processing system for Medicaid.

December 13, 2013 5:34 pmLoading…
Montana ranks 23rd-healthiest state in nation

Montana ranks 23rd-healthiest state in nation

Montanans aren’t as fat as they were a year ago. But don’t reach for that extra piece of fudge yet.

December 11, 2013 12:15 am Photos

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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.

October 30, 2013 7:15 pmLoading…
Community Crisis Center

Community Crisis Center

MarCee Farrar-Neary, program director of the Community Crisis Center, leads a tour for state officials, from left, Jim Molloy, senior policy adviser to Gov. Steve Bullock; Richard Opper, DPHHS director and Tara Veazey, Bullock's health and families policy adviser. They were on a fact-finding…

October 30, 2013 3:09 pmLoading…

Guest opinion: Recovery from mental and substance use disorders is possible

All around us in Montana, there are hundreds of people in recovery from mental and substance use disorders. They are contributing to our businesses, connecting with their families, and giving back to the community. Every day someone begins their journey of recovery.

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DEQ seeks comments on proposed mine expansion

DEQ seeks comments on proposed mine expansion

Comments are being taken on a proposed 15th amendment to the 1975 operating permit for the Golden Sunlight Mine, which would allow for the expansion of one pit and the creation of a new one.

September 28, 2013 11:30 am Photos

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Nonprofits to receive funding increase for care for mentally disabled

HELENA — Nonprofit groups that serve thousands of mentally disabled Montanans will get their full 4 percent increase in state payments starting in July, without any strings attached, the Bullock administration has agreed.

June 17, 2013 5:13 pmLoading…

Gazette opinion: Let's get Montana kids best mental health care

The picnic-perfect weather this past weekend in the Billings area fits with favorite summer images: Happy, care-free kids playing outdoors, enjoying a long vacation from school.

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Disabilities service providers urge Bullock to honor rate increases granted by Legislature

Disabilities service providers urge Bullock to honor rate increases granted by Legislature

HELENA – Nonprofit firms that care for thousands of mentally disabled Montanans urged the Bullock administration Wednesday to honor a 4 percent annual increase in their payment rates, as approved by the 2013 Legislature.

May 15, 2013 5:46 pmLoading…

Montana psychiatric patients grow with seeds they sow

WARM SPRINGS — Julia initially isolated herself from other patients when she arrived at the psychiatric hospital here in January.

May 04, 2013 6:18 pmLoading…
Care home owner fights red tape for 'thriving' resident

Care home owner fights red tape for 'thriving' resident

Cyndi Johnson has trouble believing that bureaucratic rules may force a Billings woman out of an assisted-living home and into a nursing home — at double the cost to taxpayers.

April 26, 2013 12:15 amLoading…

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