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Montana Resources

A.W.A.R.E., Inc. Delivers disability services for Montanans with challenging mental health, emotional and in some instances, physical disability needs who otherwise would be served in a more restrictive setting or perhaps not served at all.

Benefis Healthcare – Behavioral Health Program (Great Falls) Addiction Treatment Center offers state-of-the-art addiction-counseling services for adults and adolescents.

Billings Mental Health Center

Clinical Psychology Center, Department of Psychology, The University of Montana. Provides confidential assessment and psycho-therapeutic services for children, adolescents, adults, couples and families.

Easter Seals/Goodwill, Northern Rocky Mountain (Great Falls) Provides clinical services, including case management, home health care, home care, private-duty nursing, psychosocial rehabilitation, mental health counseling and case management and hospice.

Easter Seals-Goodwill Highlands Hospice (Butte and Deer Lodge areas) provides support and care for people in the last stages of incurable disease.

Fresh Steps Equine Assisted Psychotherapy, Inc. North American Riding for the Handicapped (NARHA) Center
6515 Green Meadow Drive, Helena, MT 59602. Contact: Darcie Kelly at 406-558-4743 or therapy@freshsteps.net

Intermountain Children’s Home (Helena) Is a non-profit specializing in nurturing, therapeutic environments for children under severe emotional distress. ICH integrates relationship-based treatment and sound clinical discipline to assure a permanent family for every child.

Intermountain: Resorting Hope for Children (Kalispell)

Mental Health in Grad School
Reports of mental illness among grad school students is rising, and quickly. This guide will cover common mental health concerns for grad students, expert advice on where to find help, and more. Let’s take a look at what every grad student needs to know about their mental health.

Promoting Student Mental Health
Expert Advice And School Resources For Understanding Disorders And Getting Help

Mental Health in College
A Student’s Guide to Recognizing Disorders, Seeking Help and Promoting Wellness

Missoula Healthy Indian Families Consortium

Missoula YWCA Offers “Ada’s Place” 18-month transitional housing program for homeless women and their children; Intimate Partner Violence Prevention program; the Pathways Home; children’s services; domestic violence and emergency services; sexual assault services; support groups; outreach; apprenticeships & job training; Girls Using Their Strengths (GUTS) Leadership Project for middle and high school girls; Planet Kids Supervised Visitation/ Exchange Center; and the Racial Justice Initiative.

Missoulian’s “Uncover Missoula” Lists support groups in the Missoula area.

Montana Association of School Psychologists

Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS)

Addictive and Mental Disorders Division

Chemical Dependency Services

Children’s Mental Health Services

Medicaid Mental Health and Public Mental Health Services for Adults

Mental Health Nursing Care Center (Lewistown)

Montana Chemical Dependency Center (Butte)

Montana State Hospital (Warm Springs)

Prevention Resource Center

DPHHS Disability Resource Center

Montana Mental Disabilities Board of Visitors Provides independent oversight of Montana’s residential facilities for people with developmental disabilities and mental health facilities for people with mental illnesses, and assures that their treatment is humane, consistent with established clinical and other professional standards, and meets the standards set by state law. Advocates for development of high-quality, effective, compassionate treatment services and protects the rights of people receiving services from Montana’s residential and mental health facilities.

Montana Mental Health Association is a nonprofit organization which educates and advocates for the mental health of all Montanans. MMHA provides resource referrals, professional education, and informational materials for mental health providers, consumers, family members and the general public. MMHA is the official Montana Outreach Partner for the National Institute on Mental Health.

Montana Psychological Association

National Alliance on Mental Illness – Montana Chapter

National Alliance on Mental Illness-Billings

New Directions for Living Well with a Disability Based at The University of Montana Rural Institute, this 8-week Health Promotion Workshop teaches tools that help people with disabilities continue to do the things they enjoy. Topics include goal setting, problem solving, optimistic thinking, avoiding depression, healthy communication, information seeking, nutrition, physical activity, advocacy and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

Facilitate — Learn more about how to facilitate a Living Well with a Disability group.

Participate — Locate Montana’s Living Well trainings!

Shodair Hospital (Helena) The Children’s Unit provides in-patient psychiatric services for children 3-12 years old. Two Adolescent Units provide residential psychiatric treatment for children 12-18 years old.

Yellowstone Boys and Girls Ranch (Billings) Psychiatric Residential Treatment Center provides multiple levels of residential treatment for seriously emotionally disturbed youth. Yellowstone Academy provides on-campus Special Education services. YBGR Community Homes provide less structured treatment settings that prepare and re-introduce youth back into their communities. The broad continuum of mental health services and programs also includes Case Management, Therapeutic Foster Care, In-Home Family Support, School Based Programs and Independent Living Program.

Youth Dynamics (Billings) Offices in Billings, Boulder, Bozeman, Butte, Glendive, Great Falls, Helena, Lame Deer, Livingston, Malta, Miles City, Sidney and Wolf Point provide a variety of mental health services for children and families: Therapeutic Family Care, Therapeutic Foster Care, the Guide Home Program, Therapeutic Group Care, Therapeutic Group Home Program, Shelter Care Program, Group Home Program, Day Treatment Program, Intensive Case Management Program, Family Support Team Program, Family Based Services Program, Outpatient Therapy Program, Family Support Assistant Program, and Therapeutic Respite Care Program. A Substance Abuse Program is planned.

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National Resources:

About Our Kids New York University Child Study Center site provides information and resources on child and youth mental health issues.

AgriWellness, Inc. promotes accessible behavioral health services, such as addictions treatment, mental health therapy and marital and family counseling for underserved and at-risk populations of
agricultural workers, including farmers, ranchers, migrant/seasonal workers, fishers, foresters, their families and communities.

Alliance for Caregiving Publishes Today’s Caregiver Magazine. Web site lists support groups, provides a discussion forum and has “channels” dedicated to long term care issues, rural caregiving, technology, caregiver stories, medication management, mobility, and caregivers of individuals with Alzheimer’s, bi-polar disorder, schizophrenia or ovarian cancer.

American Counseling Association Web site has a “Consumer” section.

American Mental Health Counselors Association Web site has a “Find a Counselor” section.

American Psychiatric Association Web site defines “mental illness”, provides the
APA Fact Sheet Series and the “Let’s Talk Facts” pamphlet series, discusses issues in choosing a psychiatrist, and provides information on families and children, mental illness coverage issues and other resources.

American Psychoanalytic Association Web site provides information about psychoanalysis and how to find an analyst. Visitors can submit questions.

American Psychological Association Web site provides resources on a long list of topics, including addictions, anger, depression, emotional health, obesity, sexuality, sleep, stress and much more.

America’s Heroes at Work provides information and tools to help returning veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and/or Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) succeed in the workplace.

Amputee Coalition of America Sponsors the National Limb Loss Information Center and publishes First Step: A Guide to Adapting to Limb Loss.

Anxiety Disorders Association of America

Bipolar Dream is an international multilingual site run by individuals who are bipolar to promote: 1. society’s and undiagnosed individuals’ awareness of the illness; 2. knowledge of its long-term effects and impacts on lives; 3. education about its life-time course, concurrent illnesses, available treatments and coping strategies for bipolar people and supportive loved ones; and 4. support for bipolar people during both acute phases and the recovery process.

Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation Site includes information on “Handling Your Psychiatric Condition at Work and School” and Reasonable Accommodations for People with Psychiatric Disabilities: An On-line Resource for Employers and Educators

Child and Adolescent Bipolar Foundation is a parent-led, not-for-profit, web-based membership organization of families raising children diagnosed with, or at risk for, pediatric bipolar disorder. CABF educates families, professionals, and the public about pediatric bipolar disorder; connects families with resources and support; advocates for and empowers affected families; and supports research on pediatric bipolar disorder and its cure.

Dating4Disabled website for individuals with physical and sensory disabilities to meet others through forums, a dating service, private chats, and blogs. Membership is free and members can network internationally.

Depression & Bi-Polar Support Alliance Educates patients, families, professionals, and the public concerning depressive and bi-polar illnesses as treatable medical diseases; fosters self-help for patients and families; works to eliminate discrimination and stigma, and to improve access to care; and advocate for research toward the elimination of these illnesses. Has section on Adolescent Depression.

Facing Us enables those living with depression and bipolar disorder to create personal wellness tools to aid them on their road to recovery. Users can create customized personal journals, wellness plans and wellness books that can be printed with artistic covers; or they can visit the Media Room and listen to audio files of guided meditation or view a yoga video. The site is designed to be a “clubhouse,” an online community that provides inspiration and encouragement to others and is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Depression and Disability: A Practical Guide Booklet from the North Carolina Office on Disability and Health addresses basic information about depression, common symptoms and treatments of depression, and why people with disabilities may be at an increased risk for depression.

Dystonia Medical Research Foundation The Foundation advances research into the causes and treatments of this neurological disorder, builds awareness of dystonia in the medical and lay communities, and sponsors patient and family support groups and programs.

Dystonia Bulletin Board Support Group This is a place to post messages of support and make general inquiries of other people with dystonia.

Entering the World of Work: What Youth with Mental Health Needs Should Know about Accommodations Fact sheet from the Office on Disability and Employment Policy provides guidance to assist with a successful transition into the workforce by answering questions regarding disclosure, accommodations and resources.

Express Yourself! Self-determination tool from the UIC National Research and Training Center on Psychiatric Disability. Users can pinpoint areas of their lives (such as money or relationships) where they’d like to have more control and decision-making power, and then learn how to get started by using action-planning and web-based resources. Areas covered in this self-assessment include finances, housing, transportation, employment, community integration, medical treatment, and mental health care.

Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health

Freedom From Fear provides information and screening tools for people experiencing anxiety and depression.

Healing Self-Injury provides information for people who have experienced self-inflicted violence; as well as information for their family members, providers, and others. The site includes frequently asked questions, fact sheets, resources, and general information about self-injury. This site is a product of the Sidran Traumatic Stress Institute which provides training and resources that help helps people understand, recover from, and treat: traumatic stress (including PTSD); dissociative disorders, and co-occurring issues, such as addictions, self injury, and suicidality.

Helpguide.org provides resources on depression, anxiety, eating disorders, attention deficit disorder, and other conditions.

International Association for Suicide Prevention is dedicated to preventing suicidal behavior, to alleviate its effects, and to provide a forum for academicians, mental health professionals, crisis workers, volunteers and suicide survivors. Brochures, flyers and other information are available for download in English, French, Spanish, and Chinese.

Mental Health America provides fact sheets on mental health topics; information on disorders, treatments, and medication; a toll-free crisis line; help finding and paying for care; and advocacy on policy issues.

Mindfreedom Support Coalition International Unites 100 grassroots groups and thousands of members to campaign for human rights of people diagnosed with psychiatric disabilities.

Muscular Dystrophy Association. Sponsors 230 hospital-affiliated clinics with staff experienced in dealing with neuromuscular diseases. Clinics also serve as sites for clinical trials of the latest experimental therapies and drugs. MDA also offers support groups for those with neuromuscular diseases and their families. More than 4000 children attend annual MDA summer camps.

National Alliance on Mental Illness To subscribe to “E-News” alerts on legislative/policy issues affecting individuals with mental illness, choose “Inform Yourself”. Then click on “About Public Policy”. Then select “Current Policy News and Alerts”.

NAMI Veterans Resource Center Resources for veterans and active duty military members, their families, friends and advocates. Has information and resources for on post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury, mental illness, veterans’ benefits, women in the military, and members of specific populations and ethnic groups. Online discussion groups allow visitors to share concerns and solutions.

National Association for Dual Diagnosis An association for persons with developmental disabilities and mental health needs.

National Association for Rural Mental Health Membership includes organizations and individuals from across the United States, including consumers, family members, practitioners, administrators, educators, researchers, and policymakers.

National Association of School Psychologists

National Association on Alcohol, Drugs and Disability Works to improve access to substance abuse services for people with disabilities, provides information on prevention and treatment, and facilitates networking of individuals and organizations.

National Child Traumatic Stress Network provides information for parents and caregivers, military children and families, educators, the media, and other professionals. Distance learning is available for professionals and families. Special topics include natural disasters and terrorism

National Coalition of Mental Health Consumers/Survivor Organizations National coalition ensures that consumers play a major role in the development and implementation of health and mental health care and social policies at the state and national levels.

National Drug and Alcohol Abuse Helpline helps individuals find a rehabilitation program for specific alcohol or drug addiction problem. Case workers are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

National Foundation for Depressive Illness, Inc.

National Institute of Mental Health.

National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism at the National Institutes of Health

National Institute on Drug Abuse.

National Mental Health Association NMHA is the country’s oldest and largest nonprofit organization addressing all aspects of mental health and mental illness.

National Mental Health Consumer Self-Help Clearinghouse Consumer-run national technical assistance center serving the mental health consumer movement. Connects individuals to self-help and advocacy resources, and offers expertise to self-help groups and other peer-run services for mental health consumers.

National Mental Illness Screening Project offers in-person and online programs for depression, bipolar disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, eating disorders, alcohol problems, and suicide prevention.

National Multiple Sclerosis Foundation Provides support group directory, toll-free helpline, internet helpline, library, home care assistance, assistive equipment and online forums: “Ask the Doctor”, “MS Friends Peer-to-Peer”, and “MS Frontiers” (for travelers with MS).

National Spinal Cord Injury Association. On-line Resource Center provides an overview of spinal cord injury and disease, lists support resources, and updates visitors on research studies, political action initiatives and news stories.

National Stroke Association Provides info on stroke prevention, recovery, treatment and clinical trials. Lists area support groups.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a 24-hour, toll-free suicide prevention service available to anyone in suicidal crisis. Dial 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

Lifeline Gallery: Stories of Hope and Recovery allows site users to easily create online representations of themselves as a way to enable suicide survivors, suicide attempt survivors, and suicide prevention supporters to share their stories of hope and recovery.

National Technical Assistance Center for Children’s Mental Health. Based at Georgetown University, this center serves both vulnerable children and their families, and influences local, national, and international programs and policy.

New Jersey Mental Health Institute: Changing Minds, Advancing Mental Health for Hispanics Project addresses the nationwide lack of access to and quality of mental health and behavioral health services for Hispanics, and heightens awareness, acceptance and understanding of mental illness among the Hispanic population.

Parenting With A Mental Illness: Programs and Resources Guide is a comprehensive resource to help parents, providers, and advocates find information about programs in their area. The guide can be downloaded from the University of Pennsylvania Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Community Integration of People with Psychiatric Disabilities web site.

Polio Survivors Association Based in California, PSA works with other organizations and agencies to promote public policies that encourage home care for people with disabilities. Dedicated to education, advocacy, and support — provides educational material to those polio survivors who are experiencing the late effects of poliomyelitis and works closely with physicians and local polio support groups.

Project MED (Medication EDucation for Consumers) Medication information booklets, published by the Nisonger Center, provide patients with understandable information about the medications they are taking. Booklets are available in English and Spanish, and are designed for children, adolescents, and people with mental retardation, autism, reading difficulties, and/or severe mental illness. Each booklet costs $1.50, plus shipping and handling. Ordering information and sample pages are on the web site.

Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Positive Behavioral Support Provides extensive information and documents on definitions, features, and procedures in positive behavioral supports.

Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Substance Abuse, Disability and Employment Addresses substance abuse issues among individuals qualifying for vocational rehabilitation services. Collaborative sites include the Miami Valley Hospital, New York University, Ohio State University, and the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago.

Renfrew Center Foundation is a tax-exempt, nonprofit organization advancing education and research on eating disorders, and their prevention and treatment. It provides professional training and educational opportunities for mental health and medical professionals; produces educational seminars and publications for the public and participates in media activities; and conducts research into the pathology and recovery patterns of people with eating disorders.

Research and Training Center for Children’s Mental Health Based at the University of South Florida’s Louis de la Parte Florida Mental Health Institute, the Center addresses the need for improved services and outcomes for children with serious emotional/behavioral disabilities and their families.

Resource Center to Address Discrimination and Stigma Describes stigma and discrimination associated with mental illness, how to counter this behavior, and what resources are available. Provides literature, speakers and information.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

National Mental Health Information Center Information on child and youth mental health issues.

Mental Health Information for Individuals.

Substance Abuse Help for Individuals

Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a 24-hour, toll-free suicide prevention service available to anyone in suicidal crisis. Anyone may call 1-800-273-TALK (8255) and be routed to the closest of 130 crisis centers across the country. Their mission is to provide immediate assistance to anyone seeking mental health services. Individuals may call for themselves or someone they care about. Calls are free and confidential.

Veterans’ Guide to Careers After the Military After transitioning out of the military, many veterans choose to start on their path to a college degree or continue the post-secondary education they began before enlisting. For some, their military skills directly lead to a degree. For others, they’ll need to decide on a new path that best matches their interests and the skills they gained while on active duty. This guide will help veterans translate their military experience to a career, find the right degree and land a civilian job.

Wellbriety! Magazine Online magazine highlights innovative addictions treatment programs that use a Native American cultural format, poems, personal recovery writing and artwork.

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Rural Women with Disabilities and Depression, Part One: Characteristics and Treatment Patterns
Rural Disability and Rehabilitation Research Progress Report #36, July 2007

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