Project Term: 12 months; 2019-2020
Grant Amount: $34,200
The Butte-Silver Bow Community will develop a plan to redesign its behavioral health crisis system to reduce emergency department admission and criminal justice encounters and recidivism. 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. St. James Healthcare will serve as the “backbone” organization, providing project oversight and partner coordination. This project brings together new and existing partners including St. James Healthcare, the Southwest Montana Community Health Center, the Butte-Silver Bow Sherriff, Butte-Silver Bow Health Department, Action Inc., and the Western Montana Mental Health Center. The partners have established a formal charter that outlines goals and expectations and each organization’s commitments. The project will collect data and analyze the existing behavioral health crisis system and resource allocation, research best practices, and develop a plan for prevention and intervention strategies. Funding will be used to employ a facilitator for sequential intercept mapping, as well as meeting and travel expenses. Ultimately, the project will create a plan to redesign the crisis system by using existing resources differently and identifying key implementation activities.