Project Term: 24 months; 2020-2022
Grant Amount: $100,000
The Bozeman community will develop a crisis diversion program by redesigning behavioral health crisis services in Gallatin County. The project will begin with an analysis of the existing behavioral health crisis system and the current use of behavioral health, emergency department, and corrections resources. Based on this analysis, the partners will develop a plan for crisis diversion that aims to de-escalate crises and thereby reduce reliance on high-cost emergency care and corrections system resources. Grant funds will be used to employ a care coordinator/clinician to oversee crisis admissions and discharges at Bozeman Health. Bozeman Health will serve as the lead organization for this project, working through a formal charter with the Gallatin County Health Department, Gallatin County Sheriff’s Department, and Western Montana Mental Health. The goals of the project are to reduce emergency department admissions, criminal justice encounters, and recidivism.