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Montana’s Peer Network is a statewide peer run 501c3 non-profit recovery organization with a mission to lead the expansion and development of recovery-oriented behavioral health services in Montana.

We are a network of over 1000 individuals in 78 communities across Montana who are in recovery from mental health, substance abuse and/or addiction struggles. We provide information, education, training, peer support and resources across the state using our own “lived experience” in long term recovery. This is the recovery movement. A national shift from a maintenance model of behavioral health to a recovery model, where every individual has access to care, choices, and the message that “recovery is possible.

We are peer run, by people in recovery. We promote the recovery concepts of hope, self advocacy, education, peer support, personal responsibility and resiliency. We believe that these concepts are universal regardless of what recovery program you may chose. We are a member based organization with a board of directors and staff. Our main office is located in beautiful Livingston, Montana but our staff are located across the state.

Our History

Current and past funders of MPN

Montana Mental Health Trust
Montana Addictive and Mental Disorder Division
Gallatin County, Montana
Montana Children’s Mental Health Bureau
SAMHSA
Park County Local Advisory Council
Town Pump Foundation
Montana Early Childhood Project
Summit Independent Living Centers
MPN members

Organization Timeline

2018

  • MPN receives funding from MT Mental Health Trust to begin Recovery Coaching program in Butte
  • SAMHSA Statewide Consumer Network Grant and Recovery Opioid Project continue
  • MPN begins consulting with Eastern Montana Community Mental Health to implement Recovery Coaching Project
  • Membership passes 900 members

2017

  • Over 800 members across the state
  • Staff expands to 5
  • MPN receives a 2-year grant to implement peer support programming as part of the State Targeted Response to the Opioid Crisis grant
  • Senate Bill 62 certification of Behavioral Health Peer Support Specialists passes the state legislature 149-1 and is signed into law March 30, 2017. The law goes into effect October 31, 2017
  • Executive Director Jim Hajny receives the NAMI “Hero” Award
  • SAMHSA grant and Recovery Coach Outreach Project in Bozeman continue
  • 6 PS101 trainings, 3 employer/provider trainings, 9 trauma trainings, 1 intro to recovery training, 2 clinical supervisor trainings and 6 webinars offered

2016

  • Montana reaches 100 peer supporters in the workforce for the first time
  • Over 630 MPN members across the state
  • MPN receives a 3-year SAMHSA Peer Support Recovery Enhancement Project grant to train peer supporters state-wide
  • The Recovery Coach Outreach Project is featured in the National Council on Behavioral Health magazine
  • 4 PS101 trainings and 11 Healthy Minds, Healthy Bodies events offered

2015

  • Over 560 members across the state
  • Healthy Minds, Healthy Bodies workbook developed
  • Recovery Coach Pilot Project provides community based mobile crisis outreach in Gallatin County utilizing peer support and working in conjunction with CIT Montana
  • MPN holds the first Peer Support 101 training in Helena and 19 Healthy Minds, Healthy Bodies events offered

2014

  • MPN reaches the 400 member count
  • Recovery Coach Pilot Project in Gallatin County launched (3 pilot projects are funded by the Montana Mental Health Trust to move peer support out of centers and placing it in the community. Winds of Change, Consumer Direct and MPN all hire peer supporters)
  • Peer Support 101 training is developed
  • 7 Healthy Minds, Healthy Bodies events offered

2011

  • The latest incarnation of Montana’s statewide peer run organization was officially incorporated in December 2011 with non profit 501c3 status achieved. The entire organization was re-constituted and the old organization dissolved. With new leadership, a new board of directors and new by-laws Montana’s Peer Network was born. New recruitment, executive director hired, healthy budget and we began to forge a new future.

2009

  • In October 2009, Montana Peer Network held a meeting of the steering committee and others, where our thoughts and energy centered around fostering teamwork, strategic planning, membership, and building other needed committees to strengthen our network .
  • In November of 2009 in Helena MPN held its inaugural WRAP Facilitator Training. Eleven participants were selected from across the state to attend a 5 – Day Intensive WRAP Facilitator Training.  These newly trained facilitators expanded the access to WRAP throughout our vast state.

2008

  • In August of 2008, Montana Peer Network moved toward a leadership team – steering committee approach as our team was operating on a limited scale and all input at our meeting was deemed valid to the growth of our organization and the inclusion of individuals.  Since that time, Montana Peer Network has continued the strategic planning process through meetings, conference calls and emails etc.

2007

  • Montana Peer Network worked closely with Mental Health America of Montana, through its National Consumer Technical Assistance Center (NCSTAC), to organize a consumer-run organization in Montana in an effort to promote mental health recovery

2006

  • The consumer/peer movement officially began in Montana.
  • Became the first recognized peer organization in Montana (originally named CALM4us). The main focus was Wellness Recovery Action Planning workshops started by four WRAP facilitators