About Us

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.


Mission of the Western Montana Adult Mental Health Service Area Authority (WSAA)
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 consumer-driven, recovery-oriented and culturally competent public mental health care system. Our mission is to assure that consumers, 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 that consumer’s needs and preferences are at the center of the services provided.


Objectives of the Western Montana Adult Mental Health Service Area Authority (WSAA)

  1. The Objectives of the WSAA are to insure that care provided to individuals with mental disabilities in (Western) Montana is:
  2. Consumer-Driven, so that consumers’ needs and preferences significantly influence the services provided, and so that consumers have some choice  regarding their services and providers.
  3. Family-Centered, thereby insuring that consumers 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.)
  4. Clinically Effective and Evidence Based, in order to enhance accountability,   ensure a continuum of care and promote “best practices.”
  5. 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.
  6. Recovery-Oriented, that is, focused on meeting basic needs, enhancing coping skills, facilitating recovery, promoting independence and building resilience.
  7. 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.
  8. Well-Coordinated, when necessary or appropriate, to be coordinated with what is provided in the other areas of the state.


Goals for AMDD and Providers
(Adopted at December 2005 WSAA Congress):

  1. To improve crisis stabilization services in this region. The WSAA will make recommendations for the most appropriate implementation. For example, the Gilder House Proposal in Butte and West House Crisis Stabilization Facility development in Hamilton.
  2. To develop peer to peer initiatives (i.e., peer-to-peer employment and peer-run Drop-in Centers, with Medicaid reimbursement for such services).
  3. To develop and implement a State policy with necessary resources for transportation of consumers with services that respect dignity.
  4. Funded access to community-based mental health services regardless of income.

WSAA Region Map