Montana has recently been awarded a grant to tackle its mental health needs. The grant, which comes from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, is intended to promote mental health, reduce stigma, and increase access to care for individuals, families, and communities across the state.
The grant, which totals $4.4 million, is part of a larger effort to improve access to mental health services across the country. This money will go towards various initiatives, such as providing mental health services to schools and universities, creating a suicide prevention hotline, and training providers on how to recognize and respond to mental health crises.
The grant is also intended to address the mental health needs of Montana’s Native American community. The money will be used to create a culturally-sensitive mental health program, focusing on trauma-informed care, and to provide training to providers to better understand and treat issues that are common among the Native American population.
The grant is part of an effort to destigmatize mental health issues and make services more accessible. Montana Governor Steve Bullock said in a statement, “We must do more to prioritize mental health and wellbeing in our state, and this grant will go a long way towards helping us do that.”
The grant will be administered by the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services and the Montana Department of Education. It is estimated that the money will be used to help more than 21,000 Montanans access mental health services in the next two years.
Montana is one of 37 states to receive a grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration to address mental health needs. This grant is an important step in increasing access to mental health services in the state, and improving the lives of Montanans affected by mental illness.