Project Term: 24 months; 2019-2021
Grant Amount: $100,485
The Great Falls Community will redesign the behavioral health crisis system to reduce emergency department admissions and criminal justice encounters and recidivism. Alluvion Health will serve as the “backbone” organization, providing project oversight and partnership coordination. This project will bring together new and existing partners through a formal charter that establishes project goals and expectations and outlines commitments. The primary objectives are to collect data and analyze the existing behavioral health crisis system and resource allocation, research best practices, develop a plan for prevention and intervention strategies, and implement new strategies. The project will use funds to employ a care coordinator to assist with navigating individuals throughout the system, a clinician to assist with clinical oversight and intervention, and a project lead to coordinate partners and activities. Primary partners include leadership from Alluvion Health System, Benefis Health System, Gateway, the Center for Mental Health, Cascade County Sheriff, Great Falls Chief of Police, Cascade County Commissioner, and emergency services. Ultimately, the project will redesign the crisis system by utilizing existing resources differently and by developing a sustainable and robust framework for the future.