Grant Term: 12 months; Ended 2019
Grant Amount: $75,000
This grant supported planning for and opening the Billings Urban Indian Health and Wellness Center. In December 2018, the new center began providing comprehensive primary care and behavioral health services to the American Indian community in Yellowstone County. They are continuing to expand the services they provide. They are now an approved provider for Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurers and have hired a state approved substance use provider. This structure will enable them to collect reimbursement for the services they provide and will ensure long term sustainability. As part of this project, they also successfully established meaningful partnerships with other health organizations in the community and will begin to implement an integrated behavioral health model of care within their primary care clinic.