Governor Gianforte Invests $8 Million to Improve Behavioral Health Crisis Response in Montana

Governor Greg Gianforte announced an investment of up to $8 million to improve community-based response services for individuals experiencing a behavioral health crisis.

As recommended by the Behavioral Health System for Future Generations (BHSFG) Commission, the investment represents the second allocation of $300 million in funding the governor devoted last year to reform and improve Montana’s behavioral health and developmental disabilities services systems.

“With this investment, Montanans who are experiencing a crisis will have greater access to the support they need to get back on their feet,” Gov. Gianforte said. “I appreciate the work of the Behavioral Health System for Future Generations Commission to build stronger, healthier Montana communities.”

The first initiative, representing up to $7.5 million, will support mobile crisis response and crisis receiving and stabilization services. The investment will support care for Montanans who are unable to stabilize through crisis line de-escalation efforts, such as 988, and divert patients from local emergency departments, jails, and state-run health care facilities.