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Bozeman Daily Chronicle and Solutions Journalism Network 

What is the Strategy?

Chasing the Curve, Part 3

 

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: 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 battles over public spending. In Part 2, we looked at how two of Montana's most recent budget fights have swung the state toward more health spending - and away from it again. Now: Given budget realities, does Montana have a plan for getting mentally ill citizens the care they need?

Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services Director Sheila Hogan took to the road in February, traveling...



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