Montana DPHHS http://mtpr.org en ACLU alleging widespread mistreatment of mentally ill at state prison http://mtpr.org/post/aclu-alleging-widespread-mistreatment-mentally-ill-state-prison <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The American Civil Liberties Union of Montana</span><a href="https://www.evernote.com/shard/s72/sh/de510a1a-5fed-410b-a714-a4680da3908f/1f3e42a3b54a2ea7a684b5f81a6bc8ed/res/30cbdf0d-11fe-4e96-9d7e-e7b29232e372/140226letterDOCDPHHS.pdf" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank"> has written a letter to the state </a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">alleging widespread mistreatment of mental illness in both the Montana State Prison and state hospital.</span></p> Fri, 28 Feb 2014 22:20:55 +0000 Dan Boyce 15621 at http://mtpr.org ACLU alleging widespread mistreatment of mentally ill at state prison MT Developmental Center reorganizing after 10-percent budget cut http://mtpr.org/post/mt-developmental-center-reorganizing-after-10-percent-budget-cut <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Montana Developmental Center (MDC) in Boulder is trimming about ten percent from its budget following cuts handed down by the state legislature.</span></p><p>The facility provides treatment to people with developmental disabilities whose aggressive behavior has led the courts to determine they pose a risk to themselves or others. Those in charge at MDC say they are working to make the $1.5 million in annual cuts without compromising safety or standard of care.</p> Fri, 20 Sep 2013 19:19:34 +0000 Dan Boyce 8603 at http://mtpr.org MT Developmental Center reorganizing after 10-percent budget cut State expanding early childhood education pilot program http://mtpr.org/post/state-expanding-early-childhood-education-pilot-program <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Governor Steve Bullock is looking to put more focus into early childhood education—that is, education before a kid is five years old.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Bullock said Montana ranks near the bottom of states in investment in early </span>ed<span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">However, state spending did increase this past legislative session by nearly $2 and a half million dollars.</span></p> Tue, 20 Aug 2013 17:07:37 +0000 Dan Boyce 7072 at http://mtpr.org State expanding early childhood education pilot program Are Great Falls 'smoke shacks' violating the Clean Indoor Air Act? http://mtpr.org/post/are-great-falls-smoke-shacks-violating-clean-indoor-air-act <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A group of Great Falls health advocates are accusing at least nine bars and casinos in that city of not being in compliance with Montana’s Clean Indoor Air Act.</span></p><p>The law prohibits smoking in public buildings and fully went into effect in 2009.</p><p>At issue are so-called ‘smoke shacks’ attached to the casinos. These ventilated rooms allow people to smoke, drink and use gaming machines. Bar owners are open-air vents in the rooms make them technically not indoor, enclosed, spaces.</p> Wed, 31 Jul 2013 17:02:15 +0000 Dan Boyce 6139 at http://mtpr.org Are Great Falls 'smoke shacks' violating the Clean Indoor Air Act? DPHHS unveils new state health initiative http://mtpr.org/post/dphhs-unveils-new-state-health-initiative <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Gov. Steve Bullock announced a new initiative Thursday to improve health outcomes in the state. The plan, called “Big Sky. New Horizons. A Healthier Montana” outlines a series of strategies to address some of the state’s biggest health and safety concerns, like smoking and motor vehicle fatalities.</span></p><p>“When it comes to healthcare, we will, we have and will continue to have grand policy debates about who pays and how much they should pay,” Bullock said, “but what we shouldn’t lose sight of is there’s so much we can do.”</p> Thu, 20 Jun 2013 21:09:45 +0000 Dan Boyce 4244 at http://mtpr.org DPHHS unveils new state health initiative