Reducing the adverse health and social consequences of substance use disorders.

The goal of this initiative is to reduce the adverse health and social consequences of substance use disorders (SUD) in Montana by strengthening primary prevention, early diagnosis, and prompt access to effective treatment.

SUD is a prevalent, chronic medical illness that creates high demands on healthcare, criminal justice, and social services. It is the most frequent health issue listed on community health assessments carried out by local health departments around the state. MHCF’s 2017 report on SUD in Montana indicated that Montana’s system is severely under capacity: only six percent of Montanans with a SUD currently receive treatment, and Montana has among the nation’s lowest rates of medication-assisted treatment for SUD.

In 2017, MHCF announced a major, multi-year commitment to address this problem in partnership with Montana state, tribal, and local agencies and communities.  The SUD initiative will make investments in the five Opportunities for Action on Substance Use Disorders in Montana endorsed by state leadership at our November 2017 SUD Summit. These include:

  • Access to timely and effective treatment;
  • Health-justice coordination;
  • Strengthening the continuum of care;
  • Using existing resources more effectively; and
  • Investing in prevention.

In 2018, our investments will center on building SUD screening and treatment into IBH practices, perinatal care, and public health. A longer-term strategy for this initiative will be developed with the SUD Steering Committee.

In 2018, specific projects that will be funded under this initiative include:

  • Adding outpatient SUD services provided by primary care practices, hospitals, and FQHCs through partnerships or expansion of scope.
  • Offering Medication-assisted treatment (MAT) in IBH settings.
  • Criminal justice and corrections agency-led programs that divert people with SUD to treatment.
  • SUD providers enhancing the continuum of care by adding peer support services.
  • Implementation of screening, brief intervention, and referral to treatment (SBIRT) in primary care and hospital settings.

If you are interested in applying for funding under this initiative, please contact MHCF Senior Program Officer Scott Malloy at  Grant decisions will be based on our general selection criteria and the specific requirements for this initiative.

Integrated Behavioral

Perinatal Drug and Alcohol Use

Health Leadership

Focus Area: Behavioral

Our Work in Substance Use Disorders

Substance Use Disorder Grantees

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2018 Call for Proposals

Find out about this year’s available grants.