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Montana Legislature: Peer Services, Mental Health Funding, and Public Safety

By February 26, 2019November 24th, 2020No Comments
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Fighting for Peer Support Services – From Left to Right – Matt Kuntz from NAMI Montana, Senator Jen Gross (SD 25), Joel Peden from Montana Independent Living Project, and Beth Brenneman from Disability Rights Montana
Senate Bill 30 – Peer Services 

Senator Jen Gross’s SB30 “Allowing peer support services to be reimbursed under Medicaid” needs your support. It was heard in the Montana Senate Finance and Claims Committee on February  

Please leave the Senate Finance and Claims Committee a message by calling (406) 444-4800 or sending one through this link.  https://leg.mt.gov/web-messaging/  If you are leaving an electronic message, select the “Committee” option then choose “(S) Finance and Claims.”

House Bill 2 – Great News on Overall State Financing Budget 
Representative Mary Caferro made a motion last week in the Joint Health and Human Services Committee to direct $2.7 million dollars towards Targeted Case Management services for adults and youth.  There will be an additional $5 million added through the federal Medicaid Match. This amounts to a critical $7.7 million addition into Montana’s mental illness treatment system that has been crippled through recent budget cuts.  

Please leave the Joint Health and Human Services Committee a message of thanks  by calling (406) 444-4800 or sending one through this linkhttps://leg.mt.gov/web-messaging/    If you are leaving an electronic message, select the “Committee” option then choose “(J) Health and Human Services.”

House Bill 81 – Standardizing the Insanity Defense Process To Make It Consistent With Other States 

Representative Mary Caferro presented House Bill 81 to the House Judiciary Committee yesterday. House Bill 81 would bring the Insanity Defense back to the State of Montana after 40 years. This would make Montana efforts more consistent with other states that have much lower recidivism rates.

Please leave the 
 House Judiciary Committee  a message to ask them to support HB 81  
by calling (406) 444-4800 or sending one through this link. https://leg.mt.gov/web-messaging/  If you are leaving an electronic message, select the “Committee” option then choose “House Judiciary Committee.”


Sincerely, 

Matt Kuntz
Executive Director

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