August 1, 2022
By: Ashley Nerbovig
HELENA — At a time of crisis for the Montana State Hospital, Montana State Rep. Llew Jones, R-Conrad, proposed using the budget surplus to create a state-funded regional mental health care network for Montana.
The U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid withdrew accreditation from the state hospital earlier this year, which was another funding cut for a facility still strapped from a series of budget cuts in 2017. Leadership shake ups and a chronic hiring problem have caused morale in the hospital to plummet as employees complain about lack of training and support from leadership. The state hospital in Warm Springs is not producing the patient outcomes the state wants, Jones said.
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