I don’t know what are acceptable casualty rates for children and I don’t know how legislators make decisions on budget cuts.
I do know that funding cuts to targeted case management for children and youth with special health care needs will result in infants and children dying.
Case management for these children is a bit of a misnomer. It is the safety net for the littlest Montana children living in high-risk, medically challenged, resource-deprived, stressed-out families. It is getting children and families what they need in time to make a difference.
I wish I could tell you these children vote, but they do not. I wish I could tell you philanthropists will step in and save these children, but you can’t put your name on the life of a child.
Montana has a Fetal Infant Child Mortality Review system to review every child death.
I can tell you three final truths:
Most deaths are preventable.
Children seldom die when they get case management for children and youth with special health care needs.
I cannot think of a single program that is more important than saving the lives of children.