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Numerous advisory boards and councils assist and guide the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services in developing, maintaining, and evaluating its various programs. Local contacts for SAAs and LACs can be downloaded here.

The purpose of a Montana Service Area Authority is to collaborate with the Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS) to assist in the management of public mental health care. An SAA’s primary purpose is to ensure that consumers of public mental health care, their families, and other interested community stakeholders may actively collaborate with the State of Montana in defining, developing, managing, and monitoring the systems of public mental health care. The objective is to ensure that consumers’ needs and preferences are at the center of the services provided.

Mental Health Local Advisory Council Toolkit: A Resource for Individuals and Communities in the Development of Comprehensive Mental Health Services in Montana

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Behavioral Health Equity is the right to access quality health care for all populations regardless of the individual’s race, ethnicity, gender, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, geographical location and social conditions through prevention and treatment of mental health and substance use conditions and disorders.

Addiction Rehab Center is an informational web guide for those who are struggling with substance use disorders and co-occurring behavioral and mental health disorders.

Addiction Resource provides a community for those recovering from addiction and to help patients find the highest quality care for a successful recovery.

Facing Addiction provides education to transform misconceptions surrounding addiction, providing information and tools to help those struggling, driving system changes to drive a comprehensive public health response, and create a movement that will inspire these changes and provide needed funding.

Faces and Voices of Recovery is dedicated to organizing and mobilizing the over 23 million Americans in recovery from addiction to alcohol and other drugs, our families, friends and allies into recovery community organizations and networks, to promote the right and resources to recover through advocacy, education and demonstrating the power and proof of long-term recovery.

SAMHSA Finding Quality Treatment for Substance Use Disorders is a guide for individuals seeking behavioral health treatment. It provides three necessary steps to complete prior to utilizing a treatment center and the five signs of a quality treatment center, which include a review of the accreditation, medication, evidence-based practices, position on the role of families, and support networks.

SMART (Self-Management And Recovery Training) Recovery provides support to individuals who have chosen to abstain, or are considering abstinence from any type of addictive behaviors (substances or activities), by teaching how to change self-defeating thinking, emotions, and actions; and to work towards long-term satisfactions and quality of life.

Dual Recovery Anonymous is an independent, nonprofessional, Twelve Step, self-help membership organization for people with a dual diagnosis

Helping Recovery Residences Adapt to Support People with Medication-Assisted Recovery provides basic guidance, key considerations, and tips and tools for recovery residence operators that are supporting or want to support individuals who choose medication-assisted recovery.

Alcohol

Alcoholics Anonymous MT is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism.

Gambling

Gamblers Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from a gambling problem.

Gambling Help provides online self-help, chats, texts, and information about gambling addictions.

Tobacco

Tobacco Drug Interactions Sheet: Tobacco smoke can interact with your medications. It is the smoke, not the nicotine thatcauses the interactions.

Tobacco and mental health challeneges and solutions

Montana Tobacco Quit Line free help quitting ALL commercial tobacco products, including smokeless tobacco and electronic cigarettes.

Pornography

Brain Heart World is a documentary about the harmful effects of pornography.

Other Substances

Opioid Overdose Prevention Toolkit offers strategies to health care providers, communities, and local governments for developing practices and policies to help prevent opioid-related overdoses and deaths. Access reports for community members, prescribers, patients and families, and those recovering from opioid overdose.

Community-Wide Opioid and Methamphetamine Response Initiative

DrugRehab.com is a web resource providing researched, fact-based resources for free. Readers can learn about risks of various substances, the latest approaches to treatment and real stories of recovery.

SAMHSA Bringing Recovery Supports to Scale Technical Assistance Center Strategy advances effective recovery supports and services for people with mental or substance use disorders and their families.

The Center for Social Innovation (C4) promotes best practices that improve the lives of marginalized and vulnerable people. We focus on complex public health problems such as homelessness, trauma, and mental health and substance use disorders. Using state-of-the-art research, training, and technology, we help individuals, agencies, and communities deepen the impact of their work.

Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS) features information, continuing education opportunities, resources, and more for health and health care professionals to learn about culturally and linguistically appropriate services, or CLAS. Launched in 2004, Think Cultural Health is sponsored by the Office of Minority Health.

SAMHSA Evidence-Based Practices Resource Center aims to provide communities, clinicians, policy-makers and others in the field with the information and tools they need to incorporate evidence-based practices into their communities or clinical settings. The Resource Center contains a collection of scientifically-based resources for a broad range of audiences, including Treatment Improvement Protocols, toolkits, resource guides, clinical practice guidelines, and other science-based resources.

Dual Stigma: Serious Mental Illness and Criminal Justice System Involvement information from the 2017 Annual Nebraska Behavioral Health Conference.

SAMHSA Peer Support and Reentry Criminal Justice webinar

The SAMHSA GAINS Center focuses on expanding access to services for people with mental and/or substance use disorders who come into contact with the justice system.

Forensic Peer Specialists: An emerging Workforce-Policy Brief from the Center for Behavioral Health SErvices and Criminal Justice Research

Montana Department of Corrections Youth Programs and Services

Statewide Peer Support Services Directory

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Numerous advisory boards and councils assist and guide the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services in developing, maintaining, and evaluating its various programs. Local contacts for SAAs and LACs can be downloaded here.

Disability Rights Montana protects and advocates for the human, legal, and civil rights of Montanans with disabilities while advancing dignity, equality, and self-determination.

HUD.gov provides answers to frequently asked questions on the housing rights of people with disabilities and the responsibilities of housing providers and building and design professionals under federal law.

World Institute on Disability is a nonprofit that works to fully integrate people with disabilities into the communities around them via research, policy, and consulting efforts.

Family Caregiver Alliance State by State Family Care Navigator helps family caregivers locate public, nonprofit, and private programs and services nearest their loved one—living at home or in a residential facility.

Supporting Friends and Family Members Handout

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance Family Center provides hope, help, support, and education to improve the lives of people who have mood disorders.

NAMI Montana is the Montana chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), the nation's largest grassroots organization for people with mental illnesses and their families.

Fresh Hope is based upon six tenets/principles which we see as foundational for living well in spite of mental health diagnosis. These tenets/principles are for both the person who has a diagnosis as well as for the loved ones of those who have a diagnosis.

CAFE TAC provides mental health consumers and their grass-roots organizations with information, training, networking opportunities and support as they seek to advocate for themselves and transform the mental health system of care to allow for and encourage genuine consumer involvement and peer leadership.

Faces and Voices of Recovery is dedicated to organizing and mobilizing the over 23 million Americans in recovery from addiction to alcohol and other drugs, our families, friends and allies into recovery community organizations and networks, to promote the right and resources to recover through advocacy, education and demonstrating the power and proof of long-term recovery.

SMART Recovery Family & Friends is a science-based, secular alternative to Al-Anon and Johnson Intervention. Our method is based on the tools of SMART Recovery and CRAFT (Community Reinforcement Approach & Family Training).

Madness Radio: Voices And Visions from Outside Mental Health explores 'madness' from beyond conventional perspectives and mainstream treatments, featuring survivors, authors, advocates, professionals, and artists.

The Entertainment Industries Council’s TEAM Up Social Media Guidelines for Mental Health Promotion and Suicide Preventionprovide tips for organizations and individuals communicating about mental health and suicide on social media to reduce stigma, increase help seeking behaviorand help prevent suicide.

TEDTalk Vikram Patel outlines a highly promising approach to mental health care-- training members of communities to give mental health interventions, empowering ordinary people to care for others.

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Advanced Psychiatric Directives Montana Form and Instructions

Behavioral Health Equity is the right to access quality health care for all populations regardless of the individual’s race, ethnicity, gender, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, geographical location and social conditions through prevention and treatment of mental health and substance use conditions and disorders.

Active Minds inspiring and empowering a new generation to change the conversation about mental health.

Fresh Hope is based upon six tenets/principles which we see as foundational for living well in spite of mental health diagnosis. These tenets/principles are for both the person who has a diagnosis as well as for the loved ones of those who have a diagnosis.

The Icarus Project is a support network and education project by and for people who experience the world in ways that are often diagnosed as mental illness. They advance social justice by fostering mutual aid practices that reconnect healing and collective liberation.

HelpGuide empowers you with the knowledge and support you need to take charge of your life, make healthy choices, and start feeling better.

HealthyPlace.com is the largest consumer mental health site, providing trusted information on mental health disorders and psychiatric medications from both a consumer and expert point of view. We have online psychological tests, breaking mental health news, mental health videos, unique tools like our "mood journal" and more. We're glad you found us.

MindFreedom International's I Got Better campaign aims to challenge the dominant narrative of hopelessness in mental health care by making stories of hope and mental wellness widely available through a variety of media.

The Freedom Center is a support and activism community run by and for people labeled with severe 'mental disorders.'

MindFreedom International is a nonprofit organization that unites sponsor and affiliate grassroots groups with thousands of individual members to win human rights and alternatives for people labeled with psychiatric disabilities.

Pat Deegan's CommonGround Program supports recovery and healing after a diagnosis of mental illness.

TEDTalk Vikram Patel outlines a highly promising approach to mental health care-- training members of communities to give mental health interventions, empowering ordinary people to care for others.

CAFE TAC provides mental health consumers and their grass-roots organizations with information, training, networking opportunities and support as they seek to advocate for themselves and transform the mental health system of care to allow for and encourage genuine consumer involvement and peer leadership.

Recovery International offers meetings to men and women of all ages that ease the suffering from mental health issues by gaining skills to lead more peaceful and productive lives.

Wisconsin Department of Health Services Peer Respite-Peer-run respites are for individuals living with mental health or substance use concerns. These places offer a supportive, home-like environment during times of increased stress or symptoms.

Depression

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance  (DBSA) is the leading peer-directed national organization focusing on the two most prevalent mental health conditions, depression and bipolar disorder,

Depression and Swimming-Swimming actually can help reduce depression for several reasons, one of which is that it helps stimulate production of brain chemicals that elevate mood and outlook.

Health Finder Talk to your Doctor about Depression Guide 

Psychosis

Understanding A First Episode Of Psychosis Young Adults fact sheet offers young adults information on living with psychosis. It discusses causes of psychosis, and approaches to treatment,

Understanding A First Episode Of Psychosis Caregiver provides an overview of psychosis among youth and young adults. It offers guidance on how to provide support, and recommendations for treatment.

Hearing Voices Network is one of over 20 nationally-based networks around the world joined by shared goals and values, incorporating a fundamental belief that there are many ways to understand the experience of hearing voices and other unusual or extreme experiences.

Intervoice (International Hearing Voices Projects)  aims to support the International Hearing Voices Movement by connecting people, sharing ideas, distributing information, highlighting innovative initiatives, encouraging high quality respectful research and promoting its values across the world.

Hearing_Voices_Coping_Strategies offers suggestions for coping with the experiences of hearing voices, and seeing visions and having tactile sensations. It is hoped some of these ideas can help you, or someone you care about, towards living positively with these experiences and to maintain a sense of ownership over them.

Better Sleep for Voice Hearers provides tips for falling and staying asleep.

Voice Collective is a London-based project that supports children and young people who hear voices, see visions, have other ‘unusual’ sensory experiences or beliefs. They also offer support for parents/families, and training for youth workers, social workers, mental health professionals and other supporters.

Peerlink works to strengthen the capacity and infrastructure of peer-run programs and traditional mental health organizations.  We also work with generic community agencies to increase their capacity to provide services to people diagnosed with mental illness that facilitate and promote social inclusion.

Peer Respites Action and Evaluation was created to have an organized space for information about peer respites in the United States.

The Addiction Technology Transfer Center (ATTC) Network is an international, multidisciplinary resource for professionals in the addictions treatment and recovery services field.

MPN Employer/Provider Toolkit for Behavioral Health Peer Support Specialist Services: A guide for the development of Behavioral Health Peer Support Specialist Services in Montana. Updated February 2019.

Peer Support Resources was created as a way to share resources with those interested in understanding, implementing or working in peer-to-peer support roles (particularly those that exist within mental health services and/or that are intended for individuals who are or have experienced trauma, emotional distress, psychiatric diagnosis and other significant life challenges).

Mental Health Local Advisory Council Toolkit: A Resource for Individuals and Communities in the Development of Comprehensive Mental Health Services in Montana.

Wisconsin Department of Health Services Peer Respite-Peer-run respites are for individuals living with mental health or substance use concerns. These places offer a supportive, home-like environment during times of increased stress or symptoms.

Crisis Trends empowers journalists, researchers, school administrators, parents, and all citizens to understand the crises their communities face so we can work together to prevent future crises.

Anatomy of an Epidemic by Robert Whitaker ISBN – 978-0-307-45242-9

Better Days A Mental Health Recovery Workbook by Craig Lewis ISBN -978-1-312-22532-9

Buddha Brain by Rick Hanson ISBN – 978-1-157224-695-9

Darkness Visible: Memoir of Madness by William Styron ISBN 0679736395

Finding Your Moral Compass by Craig Nakken ISBN 978-1-59285-870-5

The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz ISBN 978-1-878424-31-0

Get Me Out of Here by Rachael Reiland ISBN 978-1-592-850-990

Looking for Answers Through Dirty Glasses by Matt Kuntz ISBN 978-1468-00112-9

Manufacturing Depression by Gary Greenburg ISBN 978-1-4165-6980-0

Noonday Demon an Altas of Depression by Andrew Solomon ISBN 978-0684854670

Stop Walking on Eggshells Workbook by Randi Kreger ISBN – 978-1-57224-276-0 Tapping In by Laura Parnell ISBN 978-1591797883

Three Minute Therapy by Michael Edelstein ISBN 0-944435-42-4

Unquiet Mind: A Memoir of Moods and Madness by Kay Redfeild Jamison ISBN 0679763307

Wellness Recovery Action Planning by Mary Ellen Copeland ISBN 978-097955609-8

Expectant Mothers

Postpartum Support International listing the PSI Support Coordinators and other area resources such as groups, telephone support, and reliable services that are available for no charge. We also list local events, trainings, and volunteer opportunities.

Veterans

Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing, Inc.™ is dedicated to the physical and emotional rehabilitation of disabled active military service personnel and disabled veterans through fly fishing and associated activities including education and outings.

The VA Montana Health Care System provides a VA presence in every major city in the state through a series of community based clinics, a community living center, and an acute care medical center.

MakeTheConnection.net is an online resource designed to connect Veterans, their family members and friends, and other supporters with information, resources, and solutions to issues affecting their lives.

LGBTIQ

SAMHSA Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Resources on the LGBT population include national survey reports, agency and federal initiatives, and related behavioral health resources.

Trans Lifeline is a national trans-led 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to improving the quality of trans lives by responding to the critical needs of our community with direct service, material support, advocacy, and education.

Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer & questioning (LGBTQ) young people under 25.

Native Americans

Native American Recovery resources and events

Native Connections is a five-year grant program that helps American Indian and Alaska Native communities identify and address the behavioral health needs of Native youth.

The Wellbriety Movement is an interconnected web spreading across our Native Nations carrying the message of cultural knowledge about recovery for individuals, families and communities. The web is a live entity that was born out of the work that White Bison created after the Elders told about a healing time that has come.

Rocky Mountain Tribal Leaders Council (RMTLC) is dedicated to improving health, economic development and education for Tribes and their members through a variety of programs, policy recommendations, and Tribal Leader meetings. RMTLC also endeavors to coordinate advocacy and promote the similar interests of member Tribes through various collaborative initiatives and projects.

Live Through This is a series of portraits and true stories of suicide attempt survivors. Its mission is to change public attitudes about suicide for the better; to reduce prejudice and discrimination against attempt survivors; to provide comfort to those experiencing suicidality by letting them know that they’re not alone and tomorrow is possible; to give insight to those who have trouble understanding suicidality, and catharsis to those who have lost a loved one; and to be used as a teaching tool for clinicians in training, or anyone else who might benefit from a deeper understanding of first-person experiences with suicide.

Montana Suicide Prevention Resources Page includes toolkits, data, guides, and strategies for preventing suicide.

Suicide Prevention Life Line is a national network of local crisis centers that provides free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

  • Chat connecting individuals with counselors for emotional support and other services via web chat.
  • Call 1-800-273-8255
  • Text ‘MT’ to the number 741-741 and a Crisis Counselor will respond immediately to provide assistance.

Crisis Trends empowers journalists, researchers, school administrators, parents, and all citizens to understand the crises their communities face so we can work together to prevent future crises.

Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) is a two-day, two-trainer, workshop designed for members of all caregiving groups. Family, friends, and other community members may be the first to talk with a person at risk but have little or no training. ASIST can also provide those informal helping roles with professional development to ensure that they are prepared to provide suicide first aid help as part of the care they provide.

The Sanctuary Model® represents a theory-based, trauma-informed, trauma-responsive, evidence-supported, whole culture approach that has a clear and structured methodology for creating or changing an organizational culture.

SAMHSA’s National Child Traumatic Stress Initiative (NCTSI) improves treatment and services for children, adolescents, and families who have experienced traumatic events.

Native Connections is a five-year grant program that helps American Indian and Alaska Native communities identify and address the behavioral health needs of Native youth.

Surviving Spirit promotes Hope, Healing and Help for those impacted by trauma, abuse or mental health concerns through the use of the creative arts, a speakers’ bureau, newsletter, website, brochure, retail gallery, coffeehouse, media center and more.

California Center of Excellence for Trauma Informed Care is committed to helping trauma-exposed people achieve safety, connection and empowerment. It develops training and consultation to help agencies throughout California and the nation transform practice to work more effectively with clients by better understanding trauma and focusing on safety.

SAMHSA’s Concept of Trauma and Guidance for a Trauma-Informed Approach

Elevate Montana: Created by ChildWise Institute, Elevate Montana is a movement dedicated to elevating the well-being and futures of our children  through awareness & actions based on ACEs and trauma-informed approaches to build resilience in children and families.

CDC Adverse Childhood Experiences Provides data, resources, and information about ACES

Pathways to Enhance Well-Being was created to share some specific wellness practices that anyone can do and have includes some research findings on how these practices have enhanced the wellness of many people.

HelpGuide empowers you with the knowledge and support you need to take charge of your life, make healthy choices, and start feeling better.

Elevate Montana: Created by ChildWise Institute, Elevate Montana is a movement dedicated to elevating the well-being and futures of our children  through awareness & actions based on ACEs and trauma-informed approaches to build resilience in children and families.

CAFE TAC provides mental health consumers and their grass-roots organizations with information, training, networking opportunities and support as they seek to advocate for themselves and transform the mental health system of care to allow for and encourage genuine consumer involvement and peer leadership.

Young People in Recovery provides the training and networks all individuals, families, and communities need to recover and maximize their full potential.

Youth MOVE Montanaadvocates for youth rights in mental health, juvenile justice, education, child welfare, and the other systems that serve young people, while empowering them to be equal partners in the process of change.

Montana Department of Corrections Youth Programs and Services

OK2TALK and You Are Not Alone are communities where teens and young adults struggling with mental health conditions can find a safe place to talk about what they’re experiencing by sharing their personal stories of recovery, tragedy, struggle or hope.

SAMHSA School Suicide Prevention Toolkit assists high schools and school districts in designing and implementing strategies to prevent suicide and promote behavioral health. The toolkit includes tools to implement a multifaceted suicide prevention program that responds to the needs and cultures of students.

United Nations Youth Peer 2 Peer Handbook: Using peer to peer strategies for drug abuse prevention

Children’s Mental Health Montana supports and strengthens Montana youth and families through Medicaid mental health services.

School Resource Guide discusses and details a number of mental health issues, including information on how they impact academic performance and where to find help.

Active Minds inspiring and empowering a new generation to change the conversation about mental health.

SAMHSA’s National Child Traumatic Stress Initiative (NCTSI) improves treatment and services for children, adolescents, and families who have experienced traumatic events.

Native Connections is a five-year grant program that helps American Indian and Alaska Native communities identify and address the behavioral health needs of Native youth.

Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer & questioning (LGBTQ) young people under 25.

Bozeman Help Center is a 24-hour Crisis Hotline and Referral Service, nationally accredited by Contact USA and the Alliance for Information and Referral Systems which provides referrals for human services throughout the state.

HelpGuide empowers you with the knowledge and support you need to take charge of your life, make healthy choices, and start feeling better.

Montana's Human Resource Development Councils exist to improve the lives of community members, especially those who face poverty or isolation.

Office of Public Assistance provides cash assistance, employment training, supplemental nutrition assistance (formerly food stamps), Medicaid, child care, meal reimbursement, nutrition training, energy assistance, weatherization, and other services to help families move out of poverty and toward self-support.

Faces and Voices of Recovery: Recovery Idol Toolkit has everything you’ll need to launch your own Recovery Idol contest. Recovery Idol was founded in 2011 to showcase the talent of persons in recovery.

County Resource Guides can be found on the Montana Job Service website.

Crisis Trends empowers journalists, researchers, school administrators, parents, and all citizens to understand the crises their communities face so we can work together to prevent future crises.

The Montana Health Improvement Plan 2019-2023 includes 5 priority areas, Behavioral Health, Chronic Disease and Self Improvement, Motor vehicle Crashes, Healthy Mothers, Babies and Youth, and Adverse Childhood Experiences.