Behavioral Health Grantees

Behavioral Health Grantees

  • Beaverhead County Public Health - +

    Integrating Behavioral and Physical Health in Rural Southwest Montana

    Project Term: 18 months, Nov 1, 2015 – Apr 30, 2017
    Grant Amount: $22,100

    The National Council for Behavioral Health will facilitate a two-day summit for health care professionals, education professionals, community resource agencies, and others to educate them about the elements and implementation process for an integrated behavioral health model. Following the summit, a coalition formed by the grantee will lead development of a work plan and the implementation of integrated behavioral health in Beaverhead County.

    ACE Task Force Mission and Goals

    ACE Task Force Pamplet

  • Bighorn Valley Health Center, Inc. - +

    Bighorn Valley Health Center at St. Labre School: A School-Based Health Center to Improve Screening and Treatment of Depression

    Project Term: 24 months, Nov 1, 2015 – Oct 31, 2017
    Grant Amount: $100,000

    Bighorn Valley Health Center (BVHC) will partner with the St. Labre School system in Rosebud and Big Horn counties to develop a school-based health center for students, their families, and staff members. First, in collaboration with St. Labre and various community partners, they will provide a comprehensive array of primary care medical and mental health services in an effort to reduce barriers to care, and to screen for and mitigate upstream events that can result in toxic stress to children, with the goal of reducing the impact of behavioral health issues in this community.  Second, the health center and school system will collaborate to create a more trauma-informed environment of healing on campus, which has been shown to not only improve behavioral health outcomes, but also school performance and behavior. The funds will be used for design and startup, but the services are entirely sustainable through billing and content-related policy change.

    Grantee Story

  • Billings Clinic - +

    Train and Retain: Establishing a Montana Psychiatric Residency Training Track

    Project Term: 24 months, Nov 1, 2015 – Oct 31, 2017
    Grant Amount: $50,000

    This planning grant will help lay the foundation for establishing a psychiatric residency in Montana. The entire state of Montana, outside Yellowstone County, is designated as a mental health professional shortage area. The project will create a comprehensive blueprint that results in the establishment of a Psychiatric Residency Training Track in Montana beginning in 2017. The program will place University of Washington (UW) residents in Montana for the final two years of their psychiatric residency. This model has already been applied in Boise and Spokane: UW residents are based in Seattle for the first two years and then complete training in Boise and Spokane in years three and four. The residency will include a strong emphasis on rural rotations, such that recruitment and retention of psychiatrists to rural areas would be more likely. Partners include the Billings Clinic, University of Washington, and the Veteran’s Administration.

  • Browning Alternative School - +

    Using Blackfeet Cultural Values to Create a Trauma-Informed School Setting

    Project Term: 18 months, Nov 1, 2015 – Apr 30, 2017
    Grant Amount: $15,000

    This project will create a trauma-informed school using Blackfeet cultural values, and implement an adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) survey for students. The project will begin in the alternative school program (one of the largest and most respected in the state), and then extend to the entire school district. The project will focus on training staff in trauma-informed approaches to school discipline, and then stepwise implementation of this approach.

  • Center for Restorative Youth Justice - +

    Reducing School-based Arrests for Youth with Behavioral Health Needs in Flathead County

    Project Term: 24 months; April 2017 – March 2019
    Grant Amount: $60,000

    This project will develop and implement an alternative model for out of school suspensions based on a trauma-informed and restorative approach. The approach focuses on constructive, supportive ways to address discipline, with the goal of limiting the transfer and over-representation of youth with school-based non-violent offenses and behavioral health needs in the juvenile justice system. Funding will create an integrated, and replicable pilot model for improving behavioral and educational outcomes for at risk youth, and intervening at the early stages of criminal justice involvement. The project will focus on alternative supports for suspended students and will collaborate with local probation, school counselors and staff to ensure that students and their families receive community resources and support for successful school reintegration.

  • DPHHS Children's Mental Health Bureau - +

    Serenity in the Storm in Tribal and Frontier Montana Schools (with Jason DeShaw)

    Project Term: 12 months; Oct 2015 – Sep 2016
    Grant Amount: $9,950

    DPHHS will partner with other agencies to allow Jason DeShaw to deliver his message of hope and healing in Tribal and frontier Montana schools.

  • Florence Crittenton Home and Services - +

    Substance Abuse Treatment for Pregnant and Parenting Women

    Project Term: 18 months; August 2017 – December 2018
    Grant Amount: $75,000

    This project will plan for and begin implementation of outpatient substance abuse services for Florence Crittenton’s clientele, and will explore residential treatment options for pregnant and parenting women and their children. Florence Crittenton provides comprehensive services to pregnant and parenting teens, and although many of their clients have substance use disorders, currently they are only able to address this problem through referrals and contracts with outside providers. This project will look at ways to build capacity, conduct research, and develop a comprehensive treatment model to best serve this population while developing collaborative partnerships and improving outcome tracking. A main goal is developing cohesive partnerships with healthcare and other service providers. Expanding services will allow Florence Crittenton to blend trauma and mental health treatment with substance abuse treatment which will improve outcomes for families, as well as improve efficiencies in program service delivery.

  • Friendship House of Christian Service - +

    Capacity Building Assessment toward Sustainable Counseling of Youth with ACES in South Billings

    Project Term: 12 months; April 2017 – March 2018
    Grant Amount: $10,000

    This project will help Friendship House develop operational capacity for providing trauma-informed counseling to youth struggling with adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), in hopes of preventing youth from adopting high risk behaviors. Aune Associates Consulting will prepare an initial assessment for incorporating a counseling program that would become self-sustaining through billing insurance, and a map for establishing services.

  • Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies - +

    B4 Coalition: Building Bridges for Better Births

    Project Term: 12 months; April 2017 – May 2018
    Grant Amount: $25,000

    This project will develop a coalition of partners (including hospitals, medical providers, public health departments, and community organizations) to highlight evidence-based models and best practices for treatment and prevention in pregnant and postpartum women and infants affected by Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome. Funding will be used to convene twelve community partner meetings to gather information on treatment models, assessments, screening policies, and capacity building strategies for addressing substance use disorders and mental illness across the Montana health care system.

  • Horses Spirits Healing, Inc. - +

    Equine Assisted Activities and Therapy for Veterans and Returning Military

    Project Term: 12 months; Aug 1, 2016 – Jul 31, 2017
    Grant Amount: $20,000

    Horses Spirits Healing, Inc. (HSHI) offers equine assisted activities and therapy for returning military personnel in southeastern Montana. This project will result in an updated business plan to encompass future growth and sustainability. The plan will involve researching and solidifying long term funding options; securing new community affiliations; and becoming an accredited center through the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International which will enable HSHI to apply for additional veteran scholarship funding.

  • Intermountain Deaconess Children's Services - +

    Onsite and On-Call Behavioral Health and Substance Abuse Services for At-Risk Helena Youth in Alternative High Schools

    Project Term: 18 months, Nov 1, 2015 – Apr 30, 2017
    Grant Amount: $45,000

    Intermountain, in partnership with three Helena alternative school programs (Project for Alternative Learning, Access to Success, and the Career Training Institute), will plan and implement a new project to provide onsite and on-call behavioral health services for alternative school students in the Helena area struggling with mental health and substance abuse issues.

  • Lewis and Clark County - +

    Creating a Comprehensive Community Justice and Mental Health System with Risk Reduction Services

    Project Term: 24 months; August 2017 – July 2019
    Grant Amount: $97,350

    This project will create a director position for Lewis & Clark County’s Risk Reduction Program. The proposal is driven by community advocacy organizations including the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council (CJCC), Citizen’s Advisory Council (CAC), and Mental Health Local Advisory Council. The project seeks funding for two basic infrastructure components needed to build more effective systems: a county risk reduction director, and a consultant to assist with county data integration. The risk reduction director will function as the executive director for the CJCC and CAC. The risk reduction director will be responsible for implementing a new county Risk Reduction Department with a mission to reduce community risks of reoffending, inequity in bail system, lawsuits and injuries, ineffective behavioral health services and transitions, and victims of crime. The director will also oversee the second critical component of the proposal, data integration. Data is required to effectively assess, diagnose and classify offenders, as they move between county and health systems. Accurate data can be used to drive decision making on needed changes, measuring outcomes, and evaluating and establishing accountability.

    Lewis and Clark County Mental Health Strategic Plan

    Project Term: 24 months, Nov 1, 2015 – Oct 31, 2017
    Grant Amount: $45,000

    This grant will support development of a county-wide Mental Health Strategic Plan, using a sequential mapping approach that looks at where people with mental illness interact with corrections, medical care, emergency response, and behavioral health services, and taking a step-by-step approach to helping the county develop a plan that improves outcomes and utilizes existing resources most effectively. The plan will be carried out by the Local Advisory Council, which includes broad representation of city and county leadership, hospitals, providers of mental health services, substance abuse services, criminal justice legal staff and law enforcement.

  • Montana Medical Association Foundation - +

    Prescription Drug Abuse Reduction Initiative

    Project Term: 24 months, Nov 1, 2015 – Oct 31, 2017
    Grant Amount: $25,000

    The Montana Medical Association (MMA) is proposing to work with Family Practice residency programs to incorporate training modules on Prescription Drug Abuse into the residency curriculum to educate new physicians on best practices in prescribing opioids (drugs such as oxycodone and hydrocodone). MMA also hopes that these residents will, in turn, share best practices with practicing physicians while on rotations around Montana.

    Training Modules:
    An Ethical Approach to Current CDC Guidelines on Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain
    Targets in the Pain Pathway to Manage Chronic Pain

  • Mountain Home Montana - +

    Planning Sustainable, Effective Substance Use Disorder Treatment for Pregnant and Parenting Teens

    Project Term: 18 months; April 2017 – October 2018
    Grant Amount: $73,754

    This project will develop a strategy for integrating substance use disorder treatment into Mountain Home Montana’s wrap-around care for pregnant and parenting mothers. Outcomes include developing a strategy and funding plan to implement and sustain substance use disorder treatment services; an evaluation system to track outcomes; and a Medicaid youth endorsement which will allow Mountain Home Montana to bill for providing mental health support to mothers under 18 years old. Project goals include building the capacity to increase the number of patients served from 50 to 200 per year by 2021, resulting in fewer substance-related evictions, more family reunifications, and fewer children placed in foster care.

  • North Valley Hospital Foundation - +

    Virtual Access for Behavioral Healthcare Services

    Project Term: 24 months, Nov 1, 2015 – Oct 31, 2017
    Grant Amount: $50,000

    This project will plan and implement tele-behavioral health services in three schools, a clinic, and a skilled nursing facility in the Whitefish geographic area. Services will include both mental health and behavioral health treatment. The project will take a stepwise approach to expanding services to each site, beginning with the Columbia Falls high school. In this first phase, the project will design a tool for screening and referring students, coordinating care between the tele-health provider and the school, and using the tele-medicine equipment.  In the next phase, the project will expand to Whitefish, and operate as part of a school-based clinic that is opening there this year. In both cases, the aim is to begin services in the high school, and then build to offer services in middle and elementary students. In the third phase, the project will expand to the rural Eureka school system and a skilled nursing facility in that community.

  • Open Aid Alliance - +

    Licensed Chemical Dependency Treatment Center

    Project Term: 12 months; January 2017 – December 2017
    Grant Amount: $8,780

    This project will help Open Aid Alliance apply for a chemical dependency treatment facility license allowing them to provide intensive outpatient services utilizing harm reduction philosophy. The project will work in cooperation with other treatment providers to accommodate referrals and provide services to people who are currently using IV drugs but are contemplating change. Partners include other treatment facilities in Missoula, behavioral health professionals, the University of Montana, and correctional facilities.

    Overdose Prevention and Naloxone Access Project of Missoula County

    Project Term: 18 months, Nov 1, 2015 – Apr 30, 2017
    Grant Amount: $15,000

    Naloxone is an injectable drug used to reverse the effects of opioids, and is life-saving in the treatment of overdoses.  This proposal will make naloxone available to opioid-addicted patients through Missoula’s needle exchange, and provide training for these individuals and family members on proper use. There is mounting evidence that this approach effectively prevents overdose deaths. Funding will be used to plan the program.

  • Park County Health Department - +

    Recovery Court Program Strategic Planning

    Project Term: 12 months; August 2017 – July 2018
    Grant Amount: $49,250

    This project will bring together a group of community stakeholders to use sequential intercept mapping (SIM) to develop a strategic plan for reducing the number of adults with co-occurring behavioral health and substance use disorders in the local detention center. SIM focuses on helping communities rationally identify the criminal justice, social service, health contacts, and costs of serving people with mental illness and substance use disorders; and design a system that improves system efficiency and outcomes. The program will contract with an independent consultant to develop a court supervision program built on evidence-based strategies from other regional and state programs. Stakeholders include members of local and regional behavioral health, law enforcement, and the judiciary.

  • Providence Montana Health Foundation - +

    Wrapped in Hope: Improving Health Outcomes for Mom and Baby Impacted By Substance Abuse during Pregnancy

    Project Term: 24 months, Nov 1, 2015 – Oct 31, 2017
    Grant Amount: $100,000

    The Hope Project of Lake County and the Flathead Reservation is a collaboration between Providence Montana Health Foundation and St. Joseph Hospital, with strong support from the Confederated Salish and Kootenai tribal government, to implement a multi-disciplinary approach to drug use during pregnancy through both clinical and home-based services. Both hospitals will implement a collaborative, team-based approach that provides holistic, respectful, family-centered care. They will hire licensed clinical social workers (LCSWs) with expertise in addictions, and implement a comprehensive, coordinated approach to providing prenatal care and coordinated supportive services for pregnant women struggling with addiction. Beyond the direct impacts of drug use during pregnancy, an accompanying problem is that women struggling with addiction often have poor or no prenatal care, often because of fears of criminal prosecution and social service involvement. A second component of the program will focus on community outreach to encourage people to seek care early in pregnancy or prior, and inform them of the availability of supportive services. The Best Beginnings program (focused on early childhood) and the County Health Department’s Parents as Teachers program will also serve Hope Project families.

    Project Materials

    Wrapped in Hope: Confidential Healthcare & Chemical Dependency Support

  • Saint Vincent Healthcare - +

    ARRIVE: Integrated Prenatal Care

    Project Term: 24 months; Nov 1, 2016 – Oct 31, 2018
    Grant Amount: $150,000

    This grant will provide case management and program coordination for pregnant Native American women struggling with addiction by developing a program that creates supportive, integrated access to perinatal care and addiction treatment. The program will support sobriety and provide evidence-based treatment during pregnancy to decrease occurrence of neonatal abstinence syndrome and fetal alcohol syndrome, as well as to support a path to long term recovery. The care coordinator position will be a part of the Northern Cheyenne Tribal Health Department. Key partners include the Northern Cheyenne Tribal Board of Health, Indian Health Service, and Rimrock Foundation. Expected outcomes include improved access to prenatal care and substance abuse services for pregnant Native women on and off the Northern Cheyenne Reservation, decreased substance abuse in pregnant women, and a reduction in negative birth outcomes and medical costs associated with drug use during pregnancy.

    Comprehensive Prenatal Care with Integrated Substance Abuse Treatment for American Indian Women

    Project Term: 12 months; Nov 1, 2015 – Oct 31, 2016
    Grant Amount: $25,000

    Saint Vincent Healthcare and tribal health partners seek to improve maternal-child health outcomes from American Indian women and their newborns by validating current barriers encountered in accessing prenatal and substance abuse treatment. This one-year grant will support a partnership between Saint Vincent Healthcare in Billings and the Northern Cheyenne tribe to develop a tribally-led pilot program to address drug use during pregnancy. The program seeks to increase early entry into prenatal care by refining a trusted model of care for prenatal care and integrate supportive services and substance abuse treatment. Exploratory conversations will also be held to extend this program to the Crow tribe.

  • Sidney Health Center - +

    Bakken Behavioral Health Project

    Project Term: 18 months, Nov 1, 2015 – Apr 30, 2017
    Grant Amount: $20,414

    Sidney Health Center, in collaboration with the Richland Health Network and the Local Advisory Council for Mental Health (LAC), will establish behavioral health services in the Rural Health Clinic. The grant will support staff training related to administration, billing, and behavioral health services.

  • University of Montana - Department of Psychology - +

    Integrated Behavioral Healthcare Workforce Development: Field Training Experience in a Missoula FQHC

    Project Term: 24 months; Aug 1, 2016 – Jul 31, 2018
    Grant Amount: $44,821

    The University of Montana Department of Psychology, with Partnership Health Center (PHC) of Missoula and the Family Medicine Residency of Western Montana, will develop a field placement experience for behavioral health graduate students to address critical workforce development needs in Montana. The project will provide an initial, structured, “hands-on” training experience for students interested in learning how to provide integrated behavioral health services, while simultaneously addressing key health needs (including managing chronic pain and promoting health behavior change) in PHC’s underserved and “at risk” patient population. This project builds on a previous MHCF grant to the University to develop an integrated behavioral health curriculum.

  • YWCA of Helena - +

    WINGS Reentry Transitional Housing Program

    Project Term: 12 months; April 2017 – March 2018
    Grant Amount: $50,000

    This project will fund an onsite Licensed Clinical Social Worker/Licensed Addictions Counselor (LCSW/LAC) for transitional women’s housing program. The program currently serves women with co-occurring substance abuse and mental disorders who have been released from incarceration and/or treatment and are at moderate-to-high risk for re-incarceration. The applicant currently serves 26 women and their children in a dorm-style, trauma-informed, sober-living transitional housing program. Funding will allow the applicant to apply for Montana’s first licensed, level three sober living group home serving women and their children, which will allow them to bill for and provide a range of behavioral and substance use disorder treatment services.

  • Youth Dynamics - +

    Substance Abuse Treatment Program Expansion Pilot Program

    Project Term: 24 months; Nov 1, 2016 – Oct 31, 2018
    Grant Amount: $136,146

    Youth Dynamics will expand its Billings-based Substance Use Disorder Treatment Program to Cascade and Missoula counties. This program is designed for youth with serious co-occurring emotional disturbances and substance use disorders. It will provide substance abuse treatment as well as mental and physical health services. Following initial treatment, a year-long aftercare program will focus on giving kids the skills and connecting them with the resources they will need to successfully maintain sobriety. Youth Dynamics has established partnerships with several organizations in each community that have agreed to help with referrals and program development, including the Cascade County Juvenile Probation Office and the Missoula Court-Appointed Special Advocates Program.

  • Youth Homes - +

    Enhancing Wilderness Therapy through Aftercare and Parent Programming

    Project Term: 12 months; April 2017 – March 2018
    Grant Amount: $26,088

    This project will add case management and expanded programming for parents to a well-established wilderness youth therapy program. The program currently offers a 45-day wilderness therapy trip for youth ages 13-17 who have co-occurring behavioral issues, and a simultaneous program for parents and family members. The family program is run by a licensed therapist who utilizes best practices to teach effective parenting. Additional case management services will allow the family program to be offered to Medicaid clients (roughly half of the client base) who would benefit. Partnerships for this project include Youth Court, Tribal Social Services, Child and Family Services, Dan Fox Family Care Program, and Western Montana Mental Health.