Local officials call for more support for behavioral health services from governor

Nolan Lister

Representatives of Helena and Lewis and Clark County law enforcement, municipal government and a nonprofit discussed efforts to combat behavioral and mental health crises with Gov. Greg Gianforte on Monday as part of his ongoing statewide tour focusing on public safety.

Local officials, who met with the governor during the afternoon in Helena’s Law and Justice Center, noted success in many regards, but called on the governor to provide more funding for critical services and programs to continue those successes.

First Judicial District Court Judge Mike McMahon, who heads the district’s family treatment court, encouraged Gianforte to increase funding for interventions such as treatment courts and in-jail mental health and chemical dependency evaluations.

McMahon also advocated for the establishment of a behavioral health court in the county.

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