Commission Information

Next HB 872 Commission Meeting

The commission will present the current draft BHSFG Commission Report on Tuesday, July 23 during a joint meeting of the Children, Families, Health and Human Services Interim Committee, the Legislative Finance Committee, and the Interim Budget Committee Section B. The meeting will be streamed live on the Montana Legislature’s website. The meeting will take place in Helena at the Capitol in Room 303 from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Contact for this project: 

Brett Carter

Frequently Asked Questions

The commission members were announced on July 17 and consist of the bill sponsor, three members appointed by the governor, and five legislators from committees outlined in House Bill 872.

The Behavioral Health System for Future Generations Commission members are as follows:

Rep. Bob Keenan, R-Bigfork; Charlie Brereton, Director, DPHHS; Patrick Maddison, CEO, Flathead Industries; Janet Lindow, Executive Director and Co-Founder, Rural Behavioral Health Institute; Rep. Michele Binkley, R-Hamilton; Rep. Mike Yakawich, R-Billings; Rep. Dave Fern, D-Whitefish; Sen. John Esp, R- Big Timber; and Sen. Ellie Boldman, D-Missoula.

The commission is charged with recommending to the governor how the $300 million investment is expended.

In addition to the governor, the commission will submit reports of its recommendations to the governor’s Office of Budget and Program Planning and to the legislative fiscal analyst. The reports must include one or more of the following:

  • initiatives that address behavioral health
  • initiatives that assist those with developmental disabilities
  • outcome measures, as defined in 2-15-2221
  • output measures, as defined in 2-15-2221
  • performance measures, as defined in 2-15-2221
  • the amount of funding required for the initiatives

Previous meeting information is available here

Previous meeting dates

  • Thursday, July 20, 2023, Helena
  • Friday, September 8, 2023, Helena
  • Friday, October 13, 2023, Missoula
  • Thursday, November 30 and Friday, December 1, 2023, Kalispell
  • Thursday, January 11, 2024, and Friday, January 12, 2024, Billings
  • Tuesday, March 5, 2024, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Great Falls
  • Thursday, March 28, 2024, 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Friday, March 29, 2024, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Havre
  • Monday, April 22, noon – 5 p.m. and Tuesday, April 23, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., in Helena
  • Monday, May 20, 2024, Helena
  • Friday, June 28,  2024, in Helena

Upcoming meetings

  • Tuesday, July 23, 2024, meeting with interim legislative committees
  • Thursday, August 8, 2024, in Helena
  • Thursday, September 26, 2024
  • Thursday, November 7, 2024