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Sep 22, 2021

Tester Secures More Than $500,000 to Help Expand Montana Mobile Mental Health Services

American Rescue Plan Act funding will help connect Montanans experiencing mental health crisis with specialists, treatment

U.S. Senator Jon Tester today announced that a $585,609 Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services planning grant is heading to Montana to help expand around-the-clock community-based mobile crisis intervention services for Medicaid beneficiaries.

Tester secured the funding - which will connect Montanans experiencing a mental health or substance use disorder crisis to a behavioral health specialist or critical treatment - through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). Tester was the only member of Montana’s congressional delegation to vote for the funding.

“Mental health care is critically important, and this funding will help connect more Montanans to the mental health care they need while reducing the burden on first responders and improving outcomes across the board,” Tester said. “I am proud to have helped secure this funding for Montana, and I will keep pushing to ensure every Montanan has access to the lifesaving mental health care they need to thrive.”

The planning grant provides needed resources for state Medicaid agencies to assess community needs and develop programs to bring crisis intervention services directly to folks who are experiencing a substance use-related or mental health crisis outside a hospital or facility setting, and will help Montana integrate community-based mobile crisis intervention services into its Medicaid programs, a critical component of establishing a sustainable and public health-focused crisis support network.

Tester has long advocated for increased access to mental health services in rural and underserved areas. Earlier this year, he secured more than $10 million in American Rescue Plan funding to bolster mental health services across Montana. He also championed the Seeding Rural Resilience Act, which provides suicide prevention tools and resources through the Farm Service Agency.

Anyone experiencing a mental health crisis can call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 24/7 at 1-800-273-TALK, or 1-800-273-8255.

Office Contact Information

Senator Tester's Montana staff serves the state from offices in Billings, Bozeman, Butte, Great Falls, Helena, Kalispell, and Missoula. Please bring your concerns with federal agencies, academy nominations, and other situations to one of these Montana offices.

Billings

Judge Jameson Federal Building
2900 4th Ave N, Suite 201
Billings, MT 59101
Phone: (406) 252-0550
Fax: (406) 252-7768

Bozeman

Avant Courier Building
1 E Main Street, Suite 202
Bozeman, MT 59715
Phone: (406) 586-4450
Fax: (406) 586-7647

Butte

Silver Bow Center
125 W Granite, Suite 200
Butte, MT 59701
Phone: (406) 723-3277
Fax: (406) 782-4717

Great Falls

119 1st Avenue N, Suite 102
Great Falls, MT 59401
Phone: (406) 452-9585
Fax: (406) 452-9586

Helena

208 North Montana Avenue
Suite 104
Helena, MT 59601
Phone: (406) 449-5401
Fax: (406) 449-5462

Kalispell

8 Third Street E
Kalispell, MT 59901
Phone: (406) 257-3360
Fax: (406) 257-3974

Missoula

130 W Front St.
Missoula, MT 59802
Phone: (406) 728-3003
Fax: (406) 728-2193

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