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HELENA — The director of the Helena office of the Center for Mental Health has been placed on administrative leave.

Rhonda Champagne told the Independent Record she was placed on leave Friday. That same day, the IR published a story in which Champagne said she expected the center to file for bankruptcy and that she was working on contingency plans so clients could get their therapy and medications if that happened.

Interim CEO Sydney Blair told the IR that Champagne was put on temporary leave because she "said a lot of things that were half-truths and scared people."

The center announced early last week that it was laying off 14 people and cutting the hours of 14 more as a cost-saving measure.

The center serves about 5,700 clients at 22 facilities in 13 counties in central Montana.

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