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By John Blodget
The Western News 

Teamwork promises to help improve mental health care

Lincoln County Part 2


October 25, 2018

John Blodget, The Western News

Amy Fantozzi, left, manager of Lincoln County's behavioral health network, and Jennifer McCully, the county's public health manager, stand in McCully's office in Libby Wednesday, July 11. The two have been key in helping the county respond to the closing of Western Montana Mental Health Center's Libby office at the start of 2018. Their efforts have included leading a coalition of local mental health care and related service providers.

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 results

Overall, Lincoln County's behavioral health network Manager Amy Fantozzi said there have been fewer roadblocks and obstacles than expected in responding to Western Montana Mental Health Center's closure.

"Things are going well for the most part," she said.

From the start of March to the end of June, behavioral health network providers performed 31 evaluations at the medical center, plus t...

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