Gallatin Mental Health Center and NAMI-Bozeman are offering a 10 week course in Recovery for people living with mental illness.  Classes will take place on at the OPEN ARMS DROPIN CENTER 695 Farm House Lane located on the Gallatin Mental Health Center Campus.  Classes are on Saturdays at 10:00 AM beginning March 11 beginning at 10:00 AM. Classes are 2 1/2 hours including a break and a light lunch. 


Please download attachment here for details.  If you have attended taken the PEER TO PEER Course previously you are welcome to attend this Course.  You must register to attend.  You may register by telephone.  Call me at (406) 585-8959, or Lee (406) 539-5736, or Julia (406) 539-9950. 

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Good Morning. I would like to invite anyone who is interested to come to the Warming Center. I would like to have an open house for our council during our regularly scheduled meeting time in April, as our meeting has beeen changed to a week earlier. Please stop by the Warming Center located at 2104 Industrial Drive at 12:00 pm on April 10th. It would be an honor to give everyone a tour of our community's homeless shelter. 



Tonya Horn

Warming Center Outreach and Operations Manager

(406)250-8652 (cell)

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Central Service Area Authority Board Meeting will be held February 24, 2017 10 am- 3:00 pm.

The meeting agenda includes:

  • Review of previous meeting's minutes
  • Public comment – Begins between 10:15 and 10:30 so guests can plan their day accordingly.
  • Committees meet and report to Board
  • Monthly report updates for the AMDD, LAC, and Providers
  • New business

For more information visit us at or contact us as

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Central Service Area Authority Annual Conference will be held May 13, 2017 at a location to be determined at a later date.

For more information check back with us at

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We encourage your active participation in our Legislative process.  Below are some resources to make sure your voice is heard.

How to Contact Your Montana Legislators

NOTE:  In Montana our Senators and Representatives don’t have staff.  In most instances you’ll be communicating directly with them.  

Send a message to a  This is an online form as the State doesn’t publish email addresses.  You may be able to find your Representative’s email through other channels.  But this form works although you must submit for each person you want to communicate with.  It’s not hard but it’s a little clunky.

Call and leave a message with the Legislative Help Desk at 406-444-4800.  Messages will be delivered to committees, even as they are meeting.

NAMI Montana’s site has a good overview of what’s happening.

NAMI Smarts Advocacy training.  NAMI offers a free 90-minute training in how to advocate for mental health services.  As with all NAMI programs, this is offered free of charge.  To arrange to have this training for your group please email  We will do our best to accommodate your schedule.  This training has been offered at Conferences, Board meetings, Drop in Centers, Churches; any group that is interested in learning how to share their story as a means of advocating.  Our stories are powerful.  When we learn how to write our stories so others can begin to understand the extent of the need for help in the mental health systems.  The goal is to add many more voices being heard in our communities, and in local, Regional, State and National forums.  Recovery is possible and we can speak out about the value of these programs.

NAMI National also offers a fabulous resource at  Enter your zip code or state and look up your representatives.

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If you are planning to tell you story here is a 7 Step Handout to help you prepare your story.

Handout:  Seven Steps to Telling Your Story

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Winter Driving Conditions

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Since winter weather is upon us, I'd like to remind you that the CSAA Resources page has a link to the winter weather on Montana's Mountain passes.  This service is provided by the Montana Department of Transportation .  So, if you're uncertain about driving in winter weather, check out this resource  before hitting the road.  It can be found alphabetically under the Videos/Photos heading.

Montana State Highway Cameras

If you need to cut & paste the link here it is:

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An Example of Collaboration in Action; a quote from Gary Mihelish

"Yesterday I had the opportunity to participate in a Crisis Intervention Team Work Group.  Law enforcement officers from Bozeman and Helena participated.  Ten years ago it was felt by many that Bozeman had the worst mental illness treatment system in Montana.  The conversation yesterday demonstrated that services in Bozeman have improved dramatically.

  1. Emergency detentions decreased 46% from FY2011 to FY2012.  With 0 emergency detentions to the Montana State Hospital.
  2. Crisis evaluations by the Crisis Response Team (CRT) decreased 34% from FY2011 to FY2012.
  3. CRT evaluations at the detention center decreased 36% from FY2011to FY2012
  4. CRT evaluations at Bozeman deaconess Hospital decreased 38% from FY2009 to FY2012.
  5. CRT evaluations at GMHC increased 72% from FY2009 to FY2012.
  6. The majority of CRT evaluations now occur at GMHC not Bozeman Deaconess.
  7. Police dropped off 53 people directly at Hope House 14% increase from FY2011 to FY2012.
  8. Recidivism rate of 10% through jail diversion program compared to 90% in the non-program population.


After listening to this discussion, Sheriff Leo Dutton had these comments.  In spite of everything that has been done in Helena through the LAC in the last 9 months, there has not been any reduction in commitments from Lewis & Clark County to the Montana State Hospital.   He feels that we need at least 6 secure beds in Helena  Not much has improved from the point of view of law enforcement, the first responders.

So, in spite of all of the hard work that LAC has done in the last 9 months, we still have a great deal to do!  Gary Mihelish"

The value of our working together is we can learn each others mistakes and successes. 

In addition to CIT in our state you might enjoy reading the Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law, Site Visit Report:  Gallatin County

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News worthy articles…

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Welcome to the CSAA blog.  To keep your inbox from getting so much email we are going to collect a series of articles and send them out on a periodic basis through the CSAA site's blog. 

We've also added a new tab to the CSAA website ( called Subscriptions.  Go to this page and sign up for a number of periodicals that we will no longer be forwarding to your inbox.  There will be exceptions but we are doing our best to minimize the amount of email  the CSAA sends out. 

Here is the first set of articles, including a series of steps that have been taken to support our Veterans who have, or need, a service dog.

Housing project for hard-core homeless pays off.

A study of homeless adults housed by L.A. County's Project 50 suggests providing permanent housing to vulnerable populations saves local governments money. –,0,5536032.story   

Mental Health First Aid; how to incorporate in our communities

Service Dogs & Veteransa favorite cause of mine.  Matt Kuntz, Executive Director or NAMI Montana has taken the charge as well.

Here is the petition that got us started:

Below is the press we're getting.

USA Today has a great article on our Service Dog fight.  I think we’re well on our way to making life a little better for soldiers with severe PTSD and TBI.  ~Matt Kuntz –

If you're willing, please sign the petition and/or call your Congressmen and Representatives.

Until we have another batch of news to share,



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