Project Term: 12 months; 2020-2021
Grant Amount: $200,000
The Center for Mental Health (CMH) will expand its two existing Program for Assertive Community Treatment (PACT) teams in central Montana and implement a new team in the state’s rural north-central region. The central Montana counties receiving expanded services include Lewis and Clark, Jefferson, Broadwater, Meagher, Teton, Cascade, Chouteau, Judith Basin, Fergus, and Petroleum. The north-central counties receiving new services include Glacier, Pondera, Toole, Liberty, Hill, Blaine, and Phillips. PACT is the core service of a tiered delivery system that targets people with severe disabling mental illness who require long-term ongoing support that exceeds traditional outpatient services. The goal of the service is to rehabilitate each client to their highest level of functioning. PACT teams are mobile and deliver services in community locations to meet clients where they are. Grant funds will provide technical assistance from the National Council for Behavioral Health and support the costs of expanding current services and developing and implementing new services. Partners include the hospitals and federally qualified health centers in the 17-county region, as well as AWARE Inc., St. Peter’s Hospital, PureView Health Center, Alluvion Health, and the Great Falls Indian Family Health Clinic. The project aims to stabilize 442 clients with severe disabling mental illness and reduce admission to inpatient psychiatric hospitals.