Mental Health

Tiny houses on display during Build Small Live Large 2017 in Portland, Oregon.
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An organization in Bozeman recently received half-a-million dollars to jumpstart Montana’s first tiny home village for people facing chronic homelessness.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Gallatin County is based in Bozeman, Montana, May 30, 2019.
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The same week Big Brothers Big Sisters of Missoula announced it would close its doors Friday, the same organizations in Gallatin and Park and Sweet Grass Counties announced they had received a quarter-million-dollar grant to address youth suicide.

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The number of 911 calls in Bozeman was higher last year than the year before. Many of the calls were related to mental health issuesassaults, domestic disturbances, suicides. Now a first of its kind program two years in the making will pair law enforcement with therapists to prevent mental health emergencies.

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Governor Steve Bullock helped launch a new partnership to help the region’s primary care providers have access to psychiatrists who specialize in treating children and youth. 

A nine-year-old boy in Colorado took his own life on the first week of school this year. The tragedy highlighted a pervasive problem in the state and in the Mountain West region as a whole -- the high suicide rate -- especially among youth. Goal Academy in Pueblo, Colorado is a charter program with high schools around the state that focuses on both academic and mental wellbeing.   

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The school shooting in Florida, guns, and mental illness were among the topics the nation's governors, including Montana Governor Steve Bullock, discussed at the White House this week with President Donald Trump. 

Bullock says there are no simple answers to what is becoming a public health crisis with the symbol of a flag at half staff.

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The Bullock Administration awarded $372,000 to nine community organizations, health care providers, and schools to fund suicide prevention efforts. The money will be used to expand existing programs or to launch new evidence-based efforts.

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The House Judiciary Committee gave unanimous approval to a bill aimed at helping law enforcement officials and others help individuals who are suffering from a behavioral health crisis. House Bill 237 seeks to get people help rather than a jail cell.

Sheriffs and law enforcement officers from across Montana lined up to speak in support of House Bill 237’s goal of creating local Crisis Intervention Teams, or CITs, and expanding the training.

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Montana received a $263,000 federal grant to launch a new package of services to adolescents and young adults suffering from their first psychotic episode.

Research by the National Institute of Mental Health has found young adults, if left untreated for their psychosis, are more likely to develop serious mental illness, such as schizophrenia.