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Mission Statement

Mission Statement

MONTANA STATE HOSPITAL provides inpatient psychiatric treatment for adults with serious mental illness. Services provided include evaluation and assessment; medication management; individual and group therapy; psycho-educational programs; rehabilitation and vocational services; chemical dependency treatment; and peer support. Additional information about services offered is available on this website.

Montana State Hospital is the only public psychiatric hospital in the state. The facility includes 174 licensed hospital beds; 42 adult group home beds; and 54 forensic mental health facility beds (270 beds total).  Funding for the hospital comes from a state general fund appropriation.

The hospital serves people admitted from communities across the state. Admission occurs through procedures established in state law and only when the individual's needs exceed the capacity of community mental health services to provide treatment and care. Approximately 900 people received services at  the hospital in fiscal year 2016. Services at the hospital are coordinated with community mental health providers and families to the greatest extent possible.

Hospital Mission: to provide high quality psychiatric evaluation, treatment, and rehabilitation services for adults with severe mental illness.

Hospital Vision: to be a leader in providing innovative mental health services which enhance the quality of life for Montanans by promoting individual effort, skill development and personal growth.

Guiding Principles:

  • Keep people safe
  • Treat people with respect, trust, and dignity
  • Consider all patient needs with sensitivity
  • Utilize a holistic approach in the provision of care
  • Help patients achieve greater levels of self-sufficiency and autonomy
  • Support informed patient choice and decision making
  • Advance the mission of the hospital through teamwork
  • Foster public trust through personal and professional integrity

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