Mental health support still needed across Yellowstone County, report finds

Eric Young

Despite additional challenges presented to community members during the COVID-19 pandemic, Yellowstone County’s top health priorities have seen little change in recent years, according to a new report released Wednesday.

In the most recent edition of the Yellowstone County Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA), county residents reported that mental health support continues to be the primary challenge they’re facing, along with substance misuse, access to health care services and nutrition, physical activity and weight.

During a presentation detailing the report’s key findings at the Billings Public Library, Yellowstone County Health Officer John Felton acknowledged the similar issues highlighted in the previous report while adding that none of them have a quick fix.

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“These have been our priorities for a while,” Felton said. “We have moved the needle on these issues as a community, we’ve helped them get better, but we still have a ways to go.”

Other speakers at the conference included Montana St. Vincent Healthcare President Jennifer Alderfer, Billings Clinic Interim CEO Clint Seger and Rehabilitation Hospital of Montana CEO Jennifer Graves.

Using data recorded through local, state and national surveys and input from community

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