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Note: This is the second part of a series, you can read the first article at this link.

All change begins with identifying the problem that you want to change. We all have issues in society that generally bother us.

These can often be categorized into general things that political parties describe changing. Think of examples like wealth inequality, racism, sexual discrimination, the environment, taxes, immigration, excessive bureaucracy, etc.

You’re likely also interested in issues specific to you, your location, loved ones, your working environment, etc.

You can put your resources, time, and efforts into all of these causes; but you’re going to need to focus if you want to really take a leadership role in resolving one or more of them. …


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Group of smiling balls in a line. One sad ball is going to bounce the other balls.
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In March of 2007, our family lost my stepbrother Chris Dana to a suicide brought on by a post traumatic stress injury he received while deployed in Iraq. Our family got together after his death and decided to advocate for change in our our nation cared for the hidden wounds of our military service members returning from combat.

I didn’t have any background in creating change or any type of political advocacy at that point.

The main tool that I had was I studied Insurgency Strategies under LTC(R) John Nagl D.Phil. as the focus of my major while at West Point. The structure of those campaigns made a lot sense to me. Instead of trying to learn a different structure, I decided to alter that the insurgency doctrine to fit the goals, objectives, and tactics of this fight. …


In this video, I show you how to find reviews of inpatient treatment centers and other types of intensive specialty care on Treatment Scout. These types of speciality care vary from inpatient treatment to TMS, ECT, and Ketamine. Basically, types of treatment that can be really hard to find because they are not a regular part of traditional outpatient care.

Try searching the website for treatment centers and reviews at https://www.treatmentscout.com/ The reviews have been collected from Google, so Treatment Scout and NAMI Montana are not responsible for their content.

Please help us out by letting us know of any treatment centers that we should add.

Learn more about mental health conditions at the National Institute of Mental Health’s website. https://www.nimh.nih.gov/index.shtml

Thank you,

Matt Kuntz

NAMI Montana


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On December 8th, NAMI Montana will host a webinar “Montana Mental Health System Sensing Session.” The purpose of the webinar is to provide a broad look at Montana’s mental health care system from the view of a variety of different organizations.

The webinar will run from 9:30 am until 1:50 pm MST. Four, free hours of Continuing Education Credits from the Montana Board of Behavioral Health will be provided for anyone who is interested.

Montana’s mental health care system has changed dramatically in the last five years and that rate of change has only increased with the COVID-19 outbreak. We have invited organizations from across Montana’s mental health care system to give a series of 12 minute presentations to help us better understand the overall system in Montana — current strengths, challenges, and issues ahead. …


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Fall in Montana Scene

Covid-19 Vaccination Plan Coordination Team met on November 24, 2020 for the first time. NAMI Montana is grateful to have a position on that team to help in the rollout of this critical effort. Here is a link to the current version of the State of Montana’s plan.

Here are some of the main takeaways that I had from yesterday’s meeting. Keep in mind that this is an everchanging situation and the plan will change accordingly.

  • The federal government will pay for the vaccine and the costs to distribute it.
  • Montana DPHHS does not know which specific vaccine(s) will be distributed throughout Montana, but they expect to get the first supply in late December. …

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November 24th — noon to 1 pm MST

We are really excited about this panel discussion on mental health software applications — the present and future. It will feature

A great opportunity to earn FREE continuing education credits from the comfort of your own home or office. …


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On behalf of NAMI Montana, thank you to everyone who served and the people that love them.

The following video is an “Honor Song” by Thomas Camel and Roger Schourds, Vietnam Veterans from the Bitterroot Salish, Kootenai and Pend d’Oreilles tribes. They are assisted by Frank Tyro. The song is performed in front of the Eagle Circle Veterans Wall of Remembrance in Pablo, Montana.

Veterans Mental Health Care advocacy is a critical area for NAMI Montana. The opportunity to advocate for better care for the hidden wounds of America’s veterans was one of the main reasons I joined NAMI Montana in June of 2008. …


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Testing Swab Delivery

Since March, NAMI Montana has been partnering with the Oro y Plata Foundation and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Montana to help provide access to supplies for Montana’s COVID-19 response efforts.

We started out getting masks for healthcare workers, then we found out about how the scarcity of testing swabs and how it threatened to hold up Montana’s reopening efforts.
NAMI Montana helps Montanans navigate through the mental illness treatment system and we know how essential reopening is to mental health.

With funding support from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Montana, NAMI Montana was able to secure 122,000 COVID-19 testing swabs and deliver them to the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services. This will cover two full months of testing at Governor Steve Bullock’s testing goal of 60,000 tests per month. …


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When NAMI Montana originally asked Montana State University to create a research center, we had two very long-term project requests to move the needle forward for mental health care in Montana for the coming decades.

(1) Improve the mental illness diagnostic process, so more people get the right care at the right time.

(2) Automate portions of the electronic medical record system to help relieve the administrative burden of providing clinical care.

MSU has had a team of researchers working on the second objective. …


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In 2016, Congress established the Creating Options for Veterans Expedited Recovery Commission (Commission) to examine the evidence-based therapy treatment model used by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) for treating mental health conditions of Veterans and the potential benefits of incorporating complementary and integrative health treatments
available in non-VA facilities. The COVER Commission spent roughly eighteen months analyzing the nation’s veterans healthcare system, both inside of and outside of the VA.

The Commission conducted focus groups with veterans around the country and met with some of the nation’s leading mental health and suicide prevention researchers. …

About

Matt Kuntz

A weird mix of mental health, policy, tech, writing, and Montana. Views are my own, not of any organization I’m involved with.

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