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Our Work The Meadowlark Initiative®

Integrating prenatal care and behavioral health to improve maternal and neonatal outcomes.

The Meadowlark Initiative® brings a new standard of pregnancy care to Montana by offering routine screening and treatment for mental illness and substance use as part of prenatal and postpartum care.

The initiative brings together a clinical team made up of prenatal care and behavioral health providers, and coordinates community services to provide better care for pregnant women and their families, improve health outcomes, and reduce family separation.

The Meadowlark Initiative® provides funding and technical assistance to allow medical practices that provide prenatal and postpartum care to implement a coordinated, team-based approach that improves outcomes for women with substance use disorders and mental illness. The initiative will support at least one prenatal practice in each Montana community that has a hospital that delivers babies.

The Meadowlark Initiative® is funded and supported through a partnership between the Montana Healthcare Foundation and the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services.

The Meadowlark Initiative®

COMMUNITY RESOURCES

The Meadowlark Initiative® supports services to women in communities with 17 of the state’s 26 birthing facilities.

Of the 10,000 births in the state each year, 6,000 are supported by care from past or present Meadowlark grantees.

Read our 2022 Annual Report for more highlights!

Participating Sites

Click a map marker to view details for each past or present participating grantee site.

List of Grantee Sites

Benefis Health System
Blackfeet Tribal Health
Bozeman Health
Community Hospital of Anaconda
Community Medical Center
Holy Rosary Healthcare
Livingston HealthCare
Logan Health Medical Center
Northern Montana Health Care
One Health – Big Horn County
One Health – Blaine County
One Health – Fergus County
One Health – Rosebud County
Providence Montana Health
Sidney Health Center
St. James Healthcare
St. Luke Community Healthcare
St. Peter’s Health
St. Vincent Healthcare

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Our Approach

Substance use disorders and mental illnesses like depression and anxiety impact thousands of pregnant women and their babies each year. These illnesses are common and cross all demographic groups in Montana, yet they often go undiagnosed and untreated.

Based on research and examples from other states, implementing a supportive, team-based approach to prenatal and postpartum care, along with better coordination between health care providers and social service agencies, offers a powerful way to improve outcomes.

Funding Opportunity

Grant funding and technical assistance are available for prenatal practices that want to participate in The Meadowlark Initiative®. Prenatal care providers that see Medicaid patients (including family practitioners, obstetricians, midwives, and rural hospitals) are encouraged to apply. All project applications are by invitation only.

We will be awarding grants of up to $150,000 for two-year projects. Supplemental funds may be available to help practices fully implement care coordination and outcome tracking or for implementation across a more extensive network of providers.

Contact

Need assistance?

Tressie White
Program Director