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By Jan Anderson
Boulder Monitor 

Montana lacks money to treat its most vulnerable residents

 

August 9, 2018

Jan Anderson, Boulder Monitor

The motto of the Montana Developmental Center hangs outside the gate entering the campus - "The mission of the Montana Developmental Center is to provide an environment for building healthy, effective, and fulfilling lives."

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 Missoula Developmental Services Corporation shared the story of a 28-year-old client.

The client was living in a community-based facility when he became seriously self-injurious. Because the state legislature had ordered the closure of the Montana Developmental Center in Boulder, there was no place for him to go. The state's only public residential facility – and the only Intermediate Care Facil...



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