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An woman holds a sign during the picket of Western Montana Mental Health Center in Missoula, Dec. 18, 2017.
Olga Kreimer

One of Montana’s largest mental health care providers has confirmed that it’s cutting up to 50 case managers and community-based aides. Some of those employees and their supporters picketed Monday morning, protesting the layoff notices.

The Montana Veterans Administration says more of the state’s veterans are getting access to rehab services for drugs, alcohol and PTSD thanks to a simplified admissions process.  

State budget cuts mean about 200 clients of one of Montana’s largest mental health care providers could lose their services next month. That’s according to employees of Western Montana Mental Health Center, who say they’re losing their jobs.

Employees say they were told yesterday that they’ll be out of a job in January.

Sen. Jon Tester
U.S. Senate

Congress is now dickering over how to fund reauthorization of two programs that provide healthcare for tens of thousands of Montana Families. The Children’s Health Insurance Program and Community Health Center Fund expired at the end of September.

Montana’s senior senator says congressional Republicans seem to be more concerned about – as he puts it – "tax giveaways for wealthy out-of-staters" than the solvency of community and child healthcare programs.

Norovirus outbreaks are on the rise in Montana.

Today state health officials said that eight outbreaks of the highly contagious intestinal virus have occurred in the last six weeks. Counties affected include Cascade, Fergus, Flathead, Gallatin, Meagher, Missoula, Silver Bow and Yellowstone.