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