By Zachariah Bryan
Solutions Journalism Network 

Counties lacking mental health providers turn to technology


August 2, 2018

Zachariah Bryan, Solutions Journalism Network

Glendive Medical Center CEO Parker Powell shows off the hospital's telemedicine system. For the past few years, the hospital has used telemedicine via video to provide mental health services for patients.

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 access to mental health resources, not for her own post-traumatic stress disorder and not for her son's autism.

"I moved up here and there's nothing," she said. "We had everything in Kansas."

The closest services were in Miles City, an 80-mile trip that takes over an hour to drive. She said she made the journey every week or every other week for counseling. During the winter, the time in between tr...

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