November 8, 2017: This is from the office of Governor Steve Bullock.
Governor Steve Bullock today called the Montana Legislature back to Helena for a special session to begin at 12:00pm on Tuesday, November 14, 2017, with hearings beginning on Monday, November 13, 2017. “I have put forth a set of reasonable and thoughtful proposals to balance Montana’s budget for consideration by the Legislature,” said Governor Bullock. “It’s time Montana leaders fulfill our responsibilities to the people we represent and balance our budget in a way that makes sense for Montana taxpayers, workers, and families.” Governor Bullock has proposed to the Montana Legislature to address the $227 million revenue shortfall through an equal combination of cuts, revenue increases, and transfers and other legislation based on realistic revenue projections. Governor Bullock remained “hopeful a deal will be reached prior to the Legislature’s arrival back in Helena next week” and anticipates “a quick and productive session.” “I look forward to resolving our budget situation by the end of the month and then refocusing on growing Montana’s economy, creating more good-paying jobs, and investing in the health of our communities,” Bullock continued.
The big story this month is about the budget cuts for Montana mental health services (especially impacting case management services):
It isn’t just Western Montana Mental Health Center that will be affected; all mental health services will feel the pinch, as an already underfunded system is forced to make do with even less. This is a time for advocacy; please contact your local and state elected representatives and ask them to consider the consequences of these cuts!
NAMI national opposes the proposed Graham-Cassidy healthcare bill:
It’s time to stop another dangerous health reform bill in its tracks. The new Graham-Cassidy bill will make it harder than ever for people to get psychiatric medications, case management, and mental health services—and other people with mental illness will lose their coverage entirely. Tell Congress to vote NO on Graham-Cassidy: http://bit.ly/2h7ZCOA
Tamarack Grief Resource Center has a full slate of programs and groups for Fall 2017. Call them at 541-8472 or check their website at: http://www.tamarackgriefresourcecenter.org/
Sunburst Mental Health has opened a facility here in Missoula at 725 West Alder, Suite 10. Contact them at 203-9948 or go to their website at: https://www.sunburstfoundation.org/