Project Term: 12 months; 2020-2021
Grant Amount: $200,000
Eastern Montana Community Mental Health Center (EMCMHC) will implement two new rural Program for Assertive Community Treatment (PACT) teams. The teams will cover the eastern Montana counties of Rosebud, Treasure, Custer, Fallon, Carter, Powder River, Valley, Daniels, Sheridan, Garfield, McCone, Roosevelt, Richland, Dawson, Prairie, and Wibaux. 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 start-up costs of developing and implementing the new program. Partners include Rimrock Foundation, Frontier Psychiatry, and hospitals throughout eastern Montana. The project aims to stabilize 100 clients with severe disabling mental illness and reduce admission to inpatient psychiatric hospitals.