Strategies to Address Perinatal Substance Use Disorders


Drug use in pregnancy is a serious public health problem in Montana. Despite evidence that the problem is on the rise, Montana has a severe shortage of treatment for pregnant women with substance use disorders. The number of Montana children in foster care more than doubled since 2011: out of more than 3,200 children in […]

Brief: Trauma-Informed Approaches


Many children in Montana are exposed to adverse events such as economic hardship, domestic violence, and substance abuse. An emerging body of research links the experience of these Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) to health and well-being across the life span. Beginning with the landmark Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) study in the late 1990s, potentially traumatic […]

Brief: Integrated Behavioral Health in Montana


Substance use disorders and mental illness are among the most serious and challenging health problems in Montana. This report presents the results of a baseline assessment of Montana’s current system of care for people with mental illness and substance use disorders (collectively termed “behavioral health disorders”), and evaluates the potential for implementing “integrated behavioral health” (IBH) […]

Brief: Alternative Schools and Health in Montana


What group of high school students in Montana is the most at risk for suicide, mental health concerns and substance use? Recent data from the Youth Risk Behavior Survey indicate that some of the most vulnerable students in Montana are those attending alternative schools. 22% of alternative high school students report attempting suicide in the […]

Opportunities for Action on Substance Use Disorders in Montana


In the summer of 2017, MHCF sponsored listening sessions on Substance Use Disorders (SUD) in communities across Montana to understand the extent of the problem and identify solutions. The work was done in partnership with the Montana Department of Justice, Department of Corrections, Department of Health and Human Services and the Governor’s Office. Data gathering […]