Erin Kautz

Montana State Hospital in Warm Springs.
Courtesy Montana State Hospital

Governor Steve Bullock announced that 16 Montana counties have received a total of almost $2 million in state funding to help keep the mentally ill out of jail and, when possible,the state mental hospital.

Last year, 37,000 Montanans were the victims of crime, according to the state Board of Crime Control. 30 years ago, there were very few services for crime victims, but today every state has those services - everything from counseling to advocacy - and every state has a crime victims' compensation fund.
    Next week is National Crime Victims' Rights Week, which has been held every year since 1981 to increase public awareness of victims' rights and services.