Mobile Support Team plans work space despite uncertain future

Bret Anne Serbin

With its funding set to run out this summer, the Mobile Support Team is prepared to sign a three-year lease for a new headquarters starting Dec. 1.

The Missoula City Council voted to authorize the mayor to sign a lease agreement for an office to house the MST on Prince Street during a meeting Wednesday. Missoula voters on Nov. 8 rejected a measure that would’ve funded the MST in perpetuity by taxing homeowners $27 a year per $100,000 of assessed home value.

The team, according to Assistant Fire Chief Brad Davis, has been in search of a new space for a few years. It currently operates out of the Missoula Fire Department.

While the team lined up a few space options in the past, those ultimately fell through, Davis explained.

Meanwhile, the first responders on the MST sit at a table behind an ambulance in the fire station. Cold temperatures and a chaotic environment make it difficult for the team to work there, Davis said. Case facilitators, for example, usually go to local coffee shops to conduct phone calls with their clients.

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