FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 24, 2015
Dave Parker, Communications Director, Governor’s Office, (406) 444-9725
Jon Ebelt, Public Information Officer, DPHHS, (406) 444-0936
Montana expanding opportunities for individuals with severe and disabling mental illness
Governor Bullock announces $3 million in funding to help eligible Montanans
Helena, Mont - Governor Steve Bullock today again emphasized Montana’s commitment to serving people with severe and disabling mental illness in the community by announcing $3 million in additional services to Montanans with Severe and Disabling Mental Illnesses (SDMI).
“Montanans want to receive services in the community where they live,” Bullock said. “This program is a successful program that already provides a tremendous opportunity for hundreds of individuals all over Montana.”
The program was first implemented in December 2006 and allows Medicaid reimbursement for community-based services for individuals who are 18 years of age or older with severe and disabling mental illness who meet certain criteria for nursing home level of care.
About 75 percent of the individuals who receive this service live in their own home, with the rest in an assisted living or group home facility.
Services are provided regionally to 28 counties based out of the counties of Yellowstone, Silver Bow, Cascade, Missoula, and Lewis and Clark. A new, sixth region in Flathead County will begin offering the program in December 2015.
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. Earlier this week, he announced $815,000 in funding allocated for 24/7 emergency care coverage for individuals in a mental health crisis. Additional awards and programs will be announced in the coming weeks.