Western Service Area Authority Related Links:

Other Montana Service Area Authorities:

State-Wide SAA-Related Documents:

State of Montana Links Related to Mental Health:

Other Montana Mental Health Organizations:

Montana Community Mental Health Providers:

Cultural Competence and Minority Issues:

Regional and Rural Mental Health Resources:

National Mental Health Resources:

National Consumers Organizations:

  1. Blog
  2. Directory of Consumer-Driven Services

“Introducing and advancing the principles of mental health recovery and peer support.”  Information on WRAP, Peer Support and Peer Specialist Programs.

  1. Links to National Organizations — Technical Assistance Centers

“Support, Technical Assistance and Resources to Enhace Self-Help in Diverse Communities to Promote Recovery.”

Other National Resources:

  1. Evidence-Based Services & Emerging Best Practice

Resources for Teens and Early Adults:

Resources at Montana Colleges
(sorted by SAA and enrollment)

Colleges in the WSAA Region:

Colleges in the CSAA Region:

Colleges in the ESAA Region:

  • Rocky Mountain College–Billings
  • MSU College of Technology–Billings

Other Montana Colleges Mental Health Services
(unsorted at present)—

  1. Blackfeet Community College
  2. Chief Dull Knife College
  3. Fort Belknap College
  4. Fort Peck Community College
  5. Little Big Horn College
  6. Salish Kootenai College
  7. Stone Child College
  8. Carroll College
  9.  University of Great Falls

Resources for Students with Disabilities:

Resources for Medication Assistance:

  1. PPA–Montana

Disease-Specific Information: Schizophrenia

Disease-Specific Information: Bipolar Disorder

Disease-Specific Information: Depression

Disease-Specific Information: Anxiety Disorders

Disease-Specific Information:
Dual Diagnosis and Co-Occurring Disorders

Related Issues:  Suicide

Elinor Edmunds
16 Shiland Street
P.O. Box 1205
Helena, MT 59624(406) 431-8996
fax: (406)







Related Issues:  Homicide and Violence

Related Issues:  Homelessness


Economic Costs of Mental Illness and Costs and Benefits of Treatment

Mental Health Related Deaths:

  • Montana Statistics

Mental Illness and Criminal-Justice System:


Additional Mental Health Links Currently Unclassified:

  1. (Montana) Mental Health Careers Opportunity Program (MHCOP)
  • Links to PubMed Abstracts not yet classified:
  1. Twelve-month use of mental health services in the United States: results from the National Comorbidity Survey Replication. 2005
From Abstract:  Unmet need for treatment is greatest in traditionally underserved groups, including elderly persons, racial-ethnic minorities, those with low incomes, those without insurance, and residents of rural areas. CONCLUSIONS: Most people with mental disorders in the United States remain either untreated or poorly treated. Interventions are needed to enhance treatment initiation and quality.
From Abstract:  CONCLUSIONS: Mental health care provided to Medicare beneficiaries in the general medical sector does not appear to substitute perfectly for care provided in the specialty sector. Our study suggests that the treatment patterns in the specialty sector may be preferred by some patients; further, earlier findings indicate geographic barriers to obtaining specialty care. Thus, the matching of service use to clinical need among this vulnerable population may be inappropriate. The need for further research on outcomes is indicated.
From Abstract:  CONCLUSIONS: Persons with severe mental illness have a high level of economic and social disadvantage. Barriers to care, including lack of insurance, are substantial and many do not receive specialty care. Public insurance programs are the major points of leverage for improving access, and policy interventions should be targeted to these programs. Problems of adequate care for the severely mentally ill may be exacerbated by the managed care trend to reductions in intensity of treatment.
From Abstract:  CONCLUSIONS: Failure to make prompt initial treatment contact is a pervasive aspect of unmet need for mental health care in the United States. Interventions to speed initial treatment contact are likely to reduce the burdens and hazards of untreated mental disorder.
From Abstract:  CONCLUSIONS: Despite an increase in the rate of treatment, most patients with a mental disorder did not receive treatment. Continued efforts are needed to obtain data on the effectiveness of treatment in order to increase the use of effective treatments.

Evidence-Based Practices–
Supported Employment:

Compulsory Community Treatments
(CTO =  community treatment orders:  IOC =   AOT =    )

  • compulsory community treatment (CCT)
  • Involuntary outpatient commitment (IOC)

County Specific Links in WSAA Region
Beaverhead County — Dillon

Deer Lodge County — Anaconda

Flathead County — Kalispell, Whitefish and Columbia Falls

Grantie County — Philipsburg

Lake County — Polson and Ronan

Lincoln County — Libby

Madison County — Virginia City and Ennis

Mineral County — Superior

Missoula County — Missoula

Powell County — Deer Lodge

Ravalli County — Hamilton, Stevensville, Florence, Corvallis

Sanders County — Thompson Falls and Plains

Silver Bow County — Butte

Other States:

“Infusing Recovery-Based Principles into Mental Health Services”  by People Who Are New York State Consumers, Survivors, Patients, And Ex-Patients

To Request More Information:

To get more information about the WSAA, the Local Advisory Councils and Committees (LACs) in Western Montana or other mental health issues in Montana, please send e-mail to

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