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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.

The consumer/peer movement officially began in Montana in 2006. Originally name Calm4us, Montana’s Peer Network became the first recognized peer organization in Montana. The main focus was to implement Wellness Recovery Action Planning workshops started by four WRAP facilitators. We worked closely with Mental Health America of Montana, through its National Consumer Technical Assistance Center (NCSTAC) to create the organization that exists today.

Our History

Current and Past Funders

Organization Timeline

  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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

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.