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Missoulian mailbag

Due to budget shortfalls, Montana’s governor and state agencies have proposed cuts that would significantly impact health and human services.

An important service for people with mental illness and/or developmental disabilities, case management would be eliminated. We believe elimination would place thousands of Montana’s most vulnerable citizens at risk.

Case management:

• promotes employment and stable housing;

• reduces health care costs and emergency room visits, and connects people with primary care;

• decreases need for government assistance by promoting independence and natural supports;

• reduces service redundancy;

• promotes participation in treatment; and

• helps people receive economically responsible support.

With funding removal, quality of life for those needing case management most will plummet. They’ll suffer effects of being forgotten participants in society. Montana institutions are overcrowded or shut down. Many have no families to care for them. More than likely, they’ll end up on the streets.

To help, please contact your legislators. Ask them to decline the proposed budget cuts.

Jaci Noonan,

AWARE chief community care

and treatment officer


Jake Henderson,

AWARE service director,


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