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 By John Blodget    News    October 25, 2018

Teamwork promises to help improve mental health care

Last week: Part 1 discussed the closure of Western Montana Mental Health Center in Libby, how the behavior health network was built and how mental health crises were averted. Assessing the early...

 
 By John Blodget    News    October 18, 2018

Teamwork promises to help improve mental health care

When someone suffering a mental health crisis arrived in the emergency room at Cabinet Peaks Medical Center in Libby, staff there often called Western Montana Mental Health Center, which would send a...

 

YAM teaches basic mental health hygiene to ninth graders

Retired Browning educator Larry Woolf spent 11 years as a teacher and 15 as a guidance counselor in public schools on the Blackfeet Reservation. He has seen, again and again, the devastating pain of...

 

Helping the Navajo find health: Community health workers in action

Two months ago, the boys played like children do, clambering around a ruined building just down the lush green hillside from their home. Now their mom, Moslene, cooks only for her husband, a...

 

An idea for Montana - State plan endorses community health workers

The Partners In Health, known in Haitian Creole as Zanmi Lasante(ZL/PIH), headquarters resides in a huge state-of-the-art hospital in Mirebalais, about a half-hour drive southwest of Cange. On what...

 

What is working abroad - Community health workers helping neighbors

As a child, Presandieu Charles suffered severe headaches and stomach pains. One day he beat his mother on the foot and thigh with a stick and later cried when he saw what he had done. In October 2017,...

 
 By Kathi Beeks    News    September 6, 2018

Understanding the lifelong consequences of childhood trauma

There's a problem and we all have the solution. According to The Center for the Developing Child at Harvard University, "When adults have opportunities to build the core skills that are needed to be...

 

Where the old folks go

After graduating from Harvard Medical School in 1986, Bill Thomas started working as the medical director of a small nursing home in central New York. It was a run-of-the-mill institution,...

 

What gun shops can do to prevent suicide

By now, it's a story Ralph Demicco has told a thousand times: Over a period of six days in 2009, three people bought firearms from his gun shop in New Hampshire and shot and killed themselves in a...

 
 By Jan Anderson    News    August 9, 2018

Montana lacks money to treat its most vulnerable residents

Fran Sadowski has seen firsthand the dangers of limited options. During a study on services for "dually diagnosed" individuals with both developmental disabilities and mental illness, the CEO of Misso...

 
 By Zachariah Bryan    News    August 2, 2018

Counties lacking mental health providers turn to technology

When Mary Hutton first moved from Kansas to Eastern Montana over 10 years ago, she was at a loss. Living in Baker, a town of 2,000 about 12 miles from the North Dakota border, she had almost no...

 
 By Karen Peterson    News    August 2, 2018

Teenagers get involved in suicide prevention

ARLEE – Lane Johnson, 17, dribbled a basketball down a concrete court in his hometown with the skill of a state champion and easily dropped the ball through the hoop. His skill developed after...

 
 By Eric Dietrich    News    July 26, 2018

Peer Support, Increasingly Professionalized, Helps Struggling Montanans Reclaim Their Lives

There's some hope around a folding table here, inside this smallish Main Street storefront in Ronan, the Never Alone Recovery Center. Outside, it's a sunny Tuesday evening in this 2,000-person,...

 

What is the Strategy?

Previously: In Part 1, the story of a mentally ill Livingston woman, "Sarah," underscored the challenges Montana's mental health system faces as community-level providers are rocked by political battl...

 
 By Andi Bourne    News    July 19, 2018

Starting the Conversation – Offering a Glimmer of Hope

SEELEY LAKE - When Seppa Francis was six years old, her father suffered a traumatic brain injury from a motorcycle accident. Francis and her younger brother blamed themselves for years and Francis's...

 

Chasing the Curve, Part 2 - The Budget Roller Coaster

Previously: The story of a mentally ill Livingston woman, "Sarah," underscored the challenges Montana's mental health system faces as community-level providers are rocked by political battles over pub...

 
 By Kate Schimel    News    July 12, 2018

Exploring Solutions for a Successful Mental Health Care System

In late 2017, Montana legislators voted to substantially cut funding for mental health care, in response to a budget shortfall. Some of the effects on the state's mental health system were immediate:...

 

What Happened to Sarah?

Sarah sat in her Livingston home with the front door locked and her eyes closed, picturing the path to Gallatin Mental Health Center in Bozeman for day treatment. It's 26 miles, across a pass, with...

 
 By Zoie Koostra    News    July 12, 2018

Connecting Colors and Community: Seeley Lake Addresses Student Resilience

SEELEY LAKE - Strings, anchors, balloons, the colors of the rainbow: To hear students and teachers talk about the Kaleidoscope Connect program's lessons sounds like listening to attendees of a New...

 
 By David Erickson    News    April 12, 2018

No Zoning Lets Entrepreneurs Thrive in East Missoula but for How Long?

MISSOULA - For Lee Bridges, a 35-year homeowner in East Missoula, and board member on the East Missoula Community Council, a big part of the path toward economic sustainability is for her community...

 

Choteau Searches for Formula to Stop Loss of Population, Jobs and Students

CHOTEAU – "I'm really into formulas," says Choteau Area Port Authority board member Blair Patton. "People who are successful know the formula. You do not have a successful small community...

 
 By LeAnne Kavanagh    News    March 15, 2018

Rural Communities Recruit Well Trained Foreign Workers for Hard to Fill Jobs

Shelby Schools Superintendent Elliott Crump knows first-hand about the teacher shortage in Montana. The Montana Office of Public Instruction reported 638 full-time openings in the state's "difficult...

 
 By Eric Dietrich    News    March 8, 2018

Why Some Young Professionals Settle in Small-town Montana

For much of rural Montana, brain drain has been a fact of life for decades. Come high school graduation, the pattern goes, small towns see their most ambitious sons and daughters pack their bags,...

 

Through Boom or Bust – Sisters Maintains Identity

SISTERS, ORE. - The drive from Portland to Bend weaves through a few towns offering a chance to pause for food and gas on your way to somewhere else. Sisters is a good place to stop. Arriving in the...

 

Tourism Gives Philipsburg New Life - Brought Few Families

PHILIPSBURG - As the holiday season gets its start on a clear morning in late November, Main Street here looks like something out of a Hallmark movie. A window washer cleans down storefronts along...

 

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