Montana Healthcare Foundation announced more than $1.3 million in new grants to 34 Montana-based organizations focusing on key health challenges in behavioral health (including mental illness and drug and alcohol abuse), American Indian health and new programs that seek to improve health outcomes and control rising healthcare costs, particularly in communities struggling with a lack of resources and personnel.
The foundation's announcement includes a snapshot of three focus areas:
- Behavioral Health (mental illness and drug and alcohol use): We awarded more than $500,000 to support innovative projects that will strengthen Montana’s behavioral health system and help people get the care they need. The projects will address harmful drug use during pregnancy; integrate behavioral and medical care to improve patient outcomes and reduce costs; and provide behavioral health services in schools.
- American Indian Health: More than $400,000 was awarded to tribal health departments, urban Indian health centers, and tribally-run nonprofits. These projects will address high-priority issues identified by tribal health leaders, such as strengthening billing and administration to support sustainable, tribally-led health programs; increasing insurance coverage for tribal members; developing school-based health centers to improve the lives and health of children; preventing injuries; and developing effective approaches to treating people with opioid dependence.
- Partnerships for Better Health: More than $400,000 was awarded in grants to create new inter-agency partnerships designed to deliver more accessible and effective care; expand the use of care coordination; and strengthen efforts to prevent disease through addressing upstream risk factors such as poverty and poor quality housing.
“These new grants will support new and effective solutions to important and costly problems that Montanans deal with every day,” said Dr. Aaron Wernham, CEO. “We were amazed by the range and quality of the proposals we received.”