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Monthly Update from The Alliance

Hello again! At the time of posting our last monthly update, we had no idea what the world had in store for all of us. We are truly living in historic times that have knocked all of us off our game a bit (or a lot), so please excuse the absence of these updates. On the bright side, we are now on the doorstep of another Montana summer, and simply couldn’t be more excited for the possibilities around the corner!

Below are some recent developments that have taken place in our world that we’d like you to know about. Please take a minute to read through these points and then reach out if you have any questions or comments.

New Policy and Advocacy Director

The Behavioral Health Alliance of Montana welcomes Pat Noonan as our Policy and Advocacy Director. The Alliance is contracting with Pat to provide legislative, policy, and advocacy services throughout the year and during the biennial legislative sessions. Pat has a long history of work in the behavioral health field, primarily in children’s services, and is passionate about working to improve care for all behavioral health clients. Pat can be reached at [email protected].

Alliance Membership Applications

The Alliance is currently accepting applications for membership for Fiscal Year 2021 starting July 1, 2020. You can get all the information on applying at https://montanabehavioralhealth.org/join/. Benefits for membership include a yearly membership to National Council on Behavioral Health, multiple personnel and insurance memberships, full-time behavioral health policy and advocacy work, participation available in state negotiations on programs and rates, and much more!

Home Support Services Taskforce

The Alliance and Children’s Mental Health Bureau are convening a taskforce to work on the Home Support Services Program. The HSS rates were cut in 2018 and many providers are no longer providing these very important, community-based services. The Alliance advocates for evidence-based, outcome-based programming that reimburses at a rate that covers the actual costs of providing the services.

Again, please reach out to me if there is anything you need. When we work together, we can solve all the problems out there!

Stay safe. Stay healthy.

[email protected]

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New Policy and Advocacy Director named

The Behavioral Health Alliance of Montana is pleased to announce the addition of Pat Noonan to our team, effective June 1, 2020. Pat assumes the role of advocacy and policy director, and will be focused on expanding our advocacy efforts, shaping policy, and will be active in many government affairs items that impact the behavioral health outcomes in Montana.

Pat brings a lot to the table, including experience serving four terms in the Montana House of Representatives and over 15 years of consulting work with clients in industries ranging from high tech to small business, healthcare to social services.

We look forward to the work Pat will accomplish with The Alliance on behalf of all Montanans.

Welcome aboard Pat!

DLA-20 Registration

DLA-20 Online Training from MTM Services

Online Virtual Trainings are being offered in Montana for staff to become certified to administer the Daily Living Activities (DLA-20) Alcohol and Drug Tool.  Upon successful completion staff will be able to administer the DLA-20 with their clients. The trainings will be offered on two separate dates – June 9 and June 11 – from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. each day.

Who Should Attend:

AMDD has required that the DLA-20 Alcohol and Drug Tool to be used for all Intensive Outpatient Program SUD Providers. Please register people from each agency for this training. You will also be able to identify a Train-the-Trainer candidate.

Anyone who will be administering the DLA-20 tool within their organization.  Additionally, anyone who is interested/selected to become a DLA-20 trainer for their organization is required to attend one of the trainings.

Train the Trainer Series:
Prerequisite: Online Virtual Initial 4 Hour DLA-20 Training. We will be offering a Train the Trainer Series throughout the months of June-August. Trainers will be selected by their organization.  Upon successful completion of training, the trainers will train new staff within the organization and assist in maintaining inter-rater reliability and validity of the DLA-20.


Virtual Behavioral Candidate Forum Videos

Despite having to retool and reschedule our Behavioral Health Candidate Forum due to the Coronavirus situation, we are pleased to have taken the whole thing online and made it virtual. It was a great success! We owe a HUGE thank you to the Yellowstone Boys and Girls Ranch for their technical assistance, and for making it possible for all of us – as well as every Montanan – to be able to participate in the process.

Additionally, we are sincerely thankful to each candidate that participated and shared their thoughts on the important matters we in the behavioral health community face.

Governor Candidate Forum:

Attorney General Candidate Forum:

State Auditor / Insurance Commissioner Candidate Forum:

Nelly Nicol Responses:

Nelly Nicol is a candidate for State Auditor / Insurance Commissioner. She was unable to attend the Virtual Candidate Forum, but submitted her video answers for us to post. Her answers to questions 1-4 are below, starting with number one.

Mike Cooney’s Written Responses:

Current lieutenant governor and candidate for governor, Mike Cooney was unable to attend the Virtual Candidate Forum, but submitted his written responses. A PDF file with his comments can be downloaded here.

PLEASE JOIN: Peer Support Webinar

We’ve been working with Montana’s Peer Network, AMDD, MHCF and BHAM to pull together a 30-minute webinar on Friday, April 3, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. (MST). This webinar will go over how you can use peers effectively during the COVID-19 crisis through telehealth or telephone visits. We’ll share with you language you can use to make sure the visit is billable and the codes some providers are using for this service.

Please join us to find out how you can help keep in touch with your clients during isolation.         

When: Apr 3, 2020 02:00 PM Mountain Time (US and Canada)
Topic: Peer Support Telehealth Webinar
How: Register in advance for this webinar by following the link below. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.