Just more than $2.1 million from the Montana Mental Health Settlement Trust will be allocated to 15 organizations, with about 75 more grants still going through the final application stages.
The $9.5 million trust was created in February 2010 as part of the settlement of a 2007 lawsuit by the state against drug manufacturer Eli Lilly & Co. over the marketing of the anti-psychotic medicine Zyprexa.
The drug was approved for treatment of schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, but the lawsuit accused Eli Lilly of marketing the drug for unapproved uses, such as dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, autism and depression.
The first 15 grants were announced Friday. Applications were received from 220 programs and organizations. About 75 additional applications were accepted in whole or in part. The announced grants include:
Billings Clinic Foundation, $19,000
Elk River Cultural Connections, $37,890
Across the state
BISON Internet Cafe, Hamilton, $11,508
Bozeman Deaconess-Bornziger, Bozeman, $17,500
Daniels County LAC, Scobey, $20,000
Developmental Education Assistance, Miles City, $18,177
Flathead Community Health Center, Kalispell, $5,000
Missoula Housing Authority, Missoula, $10,000
University of Montana Pharmacy Department, Missoula, $19,962
Western Montana Mental Health, Superior, $20,000
Eastern Montana Community Mental Health, Glendive, $650,000
Mental Health America-Montana, Bozeman, $12,500
Office of Public Instruction, Helena, $609,713
Ravalli County, Hamilton, $425,000
MarCee Neary, director of the Community Crisis Center, is still waiting to hear about its grant application.
The Community Crisis Center asked for $305,000 to create two new positions and continue Crisis Intervention Training with law enforcement through 2014.
The trust asked the Crisis Center to reduce the amount of its application before it could be accepted.
“They said if we were to reduce the budget, then they would consider funding our project,” MarCee said.
Neary instead asked for $170,000 to keep the CIT training going and fund only one new position, a counselor case manager.
She eliminated the program coordinator position from the original proposal.
“We would be more than pleased to get it,” MarCee said. “When we applied for the grant, that was the main thing I needed — an extra person helping with the senior clients in a more timely manner.”
The Community Crisis Center has two full time counselors, one part-time counselor and three relief counselors on stsaff.