FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 25, 2016
Contact: Jon Ebelt, Public Information Officer, DPHHS, (406) 444-0936
John Doran, Senior Director of Public Relations, BCBSMT, (406) 437-6195
Montana Children’s Trust fund receives $10,000 grant from BCBSMT to support child abuse prevention efforts
The Montana Children’s Trust Fund (CTF) has received a $10,000 grant from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Montana to support child abuse and neglect prevention efforts across Montana.
During Child Abuse Prevention Month in April, the CTF will focus on how everyone in the community plays a role in strengthening families and preventing child abuse.
The CTF will partner with organizations across the state to raise awareness of the many great resources Montana has to strengthen families and keep children safe.
“Providing services to families and caregivers is crucial,” said Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS) Director Richard Opper. “Prevention is key. We can greatly reduce the cases of child abuse and neglect in our state if we can provide families with materials, resources, and tools before they reach moments of crisis.”
This is the second year that Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Montana (BCBSMT) has sponsored the CTF.
“We are proud to continue our support of the Children’s Trust Fund and its efforts to strengthen families across our state,” said BCBSMT President Mike Frank. “Kids are our future and we want to ensure they grow up in safe, stable, loving environments.”
According to Jamey Petersen of the CTF, the grant from BCBSMT will be used to disperse blue pinwheels throughout the state, as well as strengthen the annual “#GoBlue” campaign, which encourages everyone to wear blue throughout the month of April to advocate for child abuse prevention. With the support from BCBSMT, the CTF will also kick off a “Strengthening Families” campaign that will run statewide through September.
“These funds help us raise awareness of free resources in communities form Glendive to Eureka, Missoula to the Crow Reservation, Fort Peck to Great Falls,” Petersen said. “All families need support, tips and resources to be strong. We are utilizing these funds to make sure they know there are supports for them.”
In its awareness efforts, the CTF encourages everyone to reflect on the role they play in their communities to keep Montana children safe. For parenting resources or more information on April activities going on throughout the state, and how you can get involved, please visit childrenstrustfund.mt.gov.
About the Montana Children’s Trust Fund
This month and throughout the year, the Montana Children’s Trust Fund encourages all individuals and organizations to play a role in making Montana a better place for children and families. By ensuring that parents have the knowledge, skills, and resources they need to care for their children, we can help promote children’s social and emotional well-being and prevent child maltreatment within families and communities.
Created by the Montana Legislature in 1985, the Montana Children’s Trust Fund works to reduce and ultimately eliminating maltreatment of Montana children. The trust fund provides financial support to local programs across the state to prevent child abuse and neglect and strengthen families. For more information about the Montana Children’s Trust Fund contact Jamey Petersen at firstname.lastname@example.org or 444-3002.
About Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Montana
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Montana (BCBSMT) is the largest and longest-standing statewide, customer-owned health insurer and full-service health benefits administrator in Montana. BCBSMT believes that Montana consumers and employers deserve the best of both worlds — access to quality, cost-effective health care and superior customer service from a company that focuses solely on members. BCBSMT has provided high-quality health insurance plans and administrative services to Montanans for 75 years. BCBSMT is committed to ensuring its members — no matter where they are on the health spectrum — achieve maximum health. BCBSMT’s mission is to stand with its members in sickness and in health. BCBSMT’s website is www.bcbsmt.com.