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Chasing the Curve, Part 2 - The Budget Roller Coaster

The Montana Gap

 

Rachel Leathe, Bozeman Daily Chronicle

Livingston is one of the Montana towns that had to shift mental health services in response to state budget cuts.

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 public spending. Now: How two of Montana's most recent budget fights have swung the state toward more health spending - and away from it again.

A pair of sweeping changes have rocked Montana's healthcare system, including mental health services, over the past two-and-a-half years - first state-level Medicaid expansion in 2016 and then a round of major budget cuts that have come into effect in 20...



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