Interagency Coordinating Council

The council is charged with developing, through interagency planning and cooperation, comprehensive and coordinated prevention programs that will strengthen the healthy development, well-being, and safety of children, families, individuals, and communities-particularly children and families that are deemed to be at risk.

The council has identified five specific goals:

  • Reducing child abuse and neglect by promoting child safety and healthy family functioning;
  • Reducing use by youth of tobacco, alcohol, and other drugs by promoting alternative activities and healthy lifestyles;
  • Reducing youth violence and crime by promoting the safety of all citizens;
  • Reducing the school dropout rate by increasing the percentage of high school students who successfully transition from school to work, post-secondary education, training, and/or the military; and
  • Reducing teen pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases by promoting the concept that sexual activity, pregnancy, and child rearing are serious responsibilities.


Members of the council are the:

  • Attorney General
  • Director of the Department of Public Health and Human Services
  • Superintendent of Public Instruction
  • Presiding officer of the Montana Children's Trust Fund board
  • Administrator of the Board of Crime Control
  • Commissioner of Labor and Industry
  • Director of the Department of Corrections
  • State Coordinator of Indian Affairs
  • Director of the Department of Transportation
  • Commissioner of Higher Education
  • Two people appointed by the governor who have experience with private or nonprofit prevention programs and services
  • Designated representative of a state agency who wants to participate and is acceptable to a majority of the other members