Welcome to the Western Montana Service Area Authority.


This is the web-site for the Western [Montana Adult Mental Health] Service Area Authority (also known as WSAA) with information and news about mental health issues, especially in Western Montana.

The Western Service Area Authority (WSAA) was established by State statute to collaborate with the Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS) and Local Advisory Councils (LACs) in the planning, implementation and evaluation of a lived experience-driven, recovery-oriented and culturally competent public mental health care system.

Our Mission is to assure those with lived experience, their families, and other interested community stakeholders have a strong voice in defining, developing, managing and monitoring public mental health care delivery in Montana, with a focus on the western region of the state.

The primary objective is to ensure the needs and preferences of those with lived experience are at the center of the services provided.

Other objectives of the WSAA are to insure that care provided to individuals with mental disabilities in (Western) Montana include:

  • Lived Experience-Driven, so that those with lived experiences’ needs and preferences significantly influence the services provided, and so that those with lived experience have some choice regarding their services and providers;
  • Family-Centered, thereby insuring that those with lived experiences and their families assume greater leadership in the public mental health care system (for instance, have a stronger voice in managing funding of services, treatments and  support system.)
  • Clinically Effective and Evidence Based, in order to enhance accountability, ensure a continuum of care, and promote “best practices.”
  • Fiscally Responsible, to ensure the most efficient use of resources possible, given the budget constraints for each service region and the state as a whole.
  • Recovery-Oriented, that is, focused on meeting basic needs, enhancing coping skills, facilitating recovery, promoting independence and building resilience.
  • Locally-Informed, that is, reflective of and responsive to the needs, exigencies and solutions identified by significant stakeholders from the communities in which it is delivered.
  • Well-Coordinated, when necessary or appropriate, to be coordinated with what is provided in the other areas of the state.

The WSAA meets every 2nd Wednesday of the month at 10:00 AM. Please see our Attend a meeting page for location and call-in information. All meetings are open to the public.