Brief: 2018 Report on Health Coverage and Montana’s Uninsured

It appears that Montana’s uninsured rate has remained relatively constant since the state expanded Medicaid in 2016. In January 2018, approximately 979,257 Montanans had health coverage, out of a total population of 1,062,330, resulting in an estimated uninsured rate of 7.8 percent. Since 2012, when the uninsured rate in Montana was at least 20 percent […]

Landscape Scan and Recommendations to Increase the Use of SBIRT

Substance abuse and addiction—more formally known as “substance use disorders” (SUDs)—are among Montana’s most serious and challenging health problems. Screening, brief intervention, and referral to treatment (SBIRT) is a practical tool that can be implemented in primary care offices, emergency departments, and other clinical settings. SBIRT-A is a set of adaptations to SBIRT developed to […]

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 […]