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Suspended State Doctor Facing Further Discipline

Feb 19, 2016
Montana State Hospital in Warm Springs.
Courtesy Montana State Hospital

Disciplinary actions against the former medical director of the state-run Montana Chemical Dependency Center in Butte are taking another step forward now that he has failed to defend himself against drug abuse charges leveled last fall.

Montana State Hospital in Warm Springs.
Courtesy Montana State Hospital

New details are emerging about a doctor who has just been suspended from the State Hospital at Warm Springs and Montana Chemical Dependence Center in Butte.

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.

Two More Mental Health Bills Advance In The Montana House

Feb 11, 2015
An effort by Democratic leadership to get some so-called  "silver bullet" bills this legislative session, like they had in 2015, was denied by Republicans this week in a rules committee.
William Marcus

The Children, Families, Health and Human Services interim Committee spent months studying several issues, including mental health services. That panel’s package intends to intervene early and when possible use community-based services.

Rep. Ellie Hill Smith (D) HD-90.
Courtesy Montana Legislature

Montana lawmakers moved a step closer Wednesday to making sure that mentally ill people have somewhere to go before they’re discharged from the state hospital.

Missoula Democrat Ellie Boldman Hill thinks a homeless shelter is not the place to send a person who’s just been released from psychiatric treatment, but that’s what often happens in Montana.

“In 2014, 23 of those folks that were admitted to Warm Springs, Warm Springs discharged into our communities directly into homelessness,” according to Hill.

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