FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 23, 2015
Dave Parker, Communications Director, Governor’s Office, 444.9844
Jon Ebelt, Public Information Officer, DPHHS, 444.0936
Governor Bullock Announces Funding to Assist Local Mental Health Crisis Facilities
$815,000 for 24/7 community emergency mental health care
Helena, Mont.—Governor Steve Bullock today announced the availability of $815,000 through the mental health crisis diversion fund to communities to provide round-the-clock emergency services via 24/7 secure psychiatric detention beds.
“Montanans in mental health crisis need treatment immediately, and in many cases these emergency beds provide the right type of care and the right time,” Bullock said. “Community treatment, when individuals in crisis are surrounded by family and friends, is best for Montanans. These funds will provide that opportunity.”
This funding already supports facilities in Bozeman, Butte, and Hamilton. The funding reimburses a facility when its secure beds are vacant in order to offer continuous coverage. The most recent communities to receive these funds are Helena (Journey Home) and soon the Lake House in Polson. Lake House is a new emergency detention and voluntary crisis stabilization facility expected to open in January 2016.
In FY14, this service provided help to 90 individuals in Butte, 74 in Bozeman and 55 in Hamilton.
This type of resource not only makes it possible for an individual to remain in the community, enter into voluntary in-patient treatment, and be discharged to their home once they stabilize, but it also gives law enforcement diversion options from jail or transporting long distances to the Montana State Hospital.
As part of his Executive Budget for the current biennium, Bullock proposed and secured from the 2015 legislature historic investments in mental health services to ensure the treatment and safety of individuals. Last week, Bullock announced $1.8 million for jail diversion and crisis intervention strategies for people facing a mental health crisis and $1 million award for a youth mental health crisis diversion pilot project. Additional awards and programs will be announced in the coming weeks.
Communities interested in applying for these funds are encouraged to call Julie Prigmore of the Department of Public Health and Human Services at 406-444-9657.