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Behavioral health commission eyes grant recommendations


A commission tasked with recommending how the governor spends $300 million to improve Montana’s behavioral health systems is continuing their work.

After holding meetings across the state over the last nine months, the Behavioral Health Systems For Future Generations Commission, created after the passing of HB 872 in the 2023 legislative session, has now made the trip up to the Hi-Line to gain perspective on the matter in Havre.

Four different panel discussions took place today, with leadership of a Great Falls-based youth organization stating they are dealing with dual crises, vaping and mental health.

“I don’t know if the current counselors would have the capacity, they are always willing to learn, but, to take on more. They’ve got a lot right now. That would be my dream, to have a substance use prevention specialist in every school,” said Beth Morrison, prevention specialist for Alliance for Youth.

The commissions newest potential recommendations for funding continue to be debated, and include providing three different types of grants, which would go towards increase access to respite services, developing a family peer support pilot program, and increasing behavioral health capacity of local and tribal health departments.

They will continue their meeting on Friday in Havre.



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