Project Term: 24 months; 2019-2021
Grant Amount: $100,000
Rimrock and the Eastern Montana Community Health Center (EMCHC) will develop a program that reduces emergency department admissions and criminal justice encounters and recidivism in five Eastern Montana communities (Dawson, Prairie, Richland, Rosebud, Valley). Too often, people in crisis end up in the emergency department or in encounters with law enforcement, rather than receiving behavioral health care that could de-escalate the crisis, improve outcomes, and reduce the need for higher-cost emergency and law enforcement interventions. Rimrock will serve as the “backbone” organization, providing project oversight and coordinating partners. The project will collect data and analyze the existing behavioral health crisis system and resource allocation, update the sequential intercept mapping for the region, implement peer support, and revamp the current behavioral health crisis response. Funding will be used to hire a project coordinator and a peer support supervisor, train project partners, and assist with sequential intercept mapping. Project partners include the hospital leadership and county commissioners in each participating community as well as the Montana Health Network. The project’s goal is to provide community members who are experiencing a behavioral health crisis with timely access to behavioral health care and peer support.