Project Term: 12 months; 2019-2020
Grant Amount: $35,000
Ravalli County will develop a plan for redesigning the behavioral health crisis system to reduce emergency department admission and criminal justice encounters and recidivism. The Western Montana Mental Health Center (WMMHC) will serve as the lead organization, with partners including Sapphire Health, Marcus Daly Hospital, and the Ravalli County Sheriff. The partners have agreed to a formal charter that establishes project goals and each partner’s commitments. The project will begin with an analysis of the existing crisis system and how behavioral health, emergency department, and corrections resources are currently used to respond to people in crisis. Based on this analysis, the grantee will develop a plan for crisis diversion that aims to de-escalate crises and thereby reduce reliance on high-cost emergency care and corrections system resources. MHCF funding will be used to hire a project coordinator to oversee the project.