Gianforte talks substance abuse and mental health care in Billings



SUBSTANCE ABUSE AND MENTAL
HEALTH CARE – TWO MAJOR TOPICS
BROUGHT TO THE FOREFRONT TODAY,
DURING CONGRESSMAN GREG
GIANFORTE’S ROUND-TABLE
DISCUSSION IN BILLINGS… MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS IN THE
BILLINGS COMMUNITY JOINED
GIANFORTE TO TALK ABOUT THESE
ISSUES. MONTANA HAS THE HIGHEST SUICIDE
RATE IN THE COUNTRY, AND DRUG
OVERDOSES ACCOUNT FOR NEARLY 250
DEATHS, EACH YEAR. TOPIC DISCUSSIONS FOR TODAY’S
ROUND-TABLE WERE ABOUT SUICIDE
PREVENTION, WAYS TO REDUCE
BARRIERS TO SUBSTANCE ABUSE
TREATMENT AND MENTAL HEALTH CARE
AND A CONVERSATION ABOUT INCREASING ACCESS TO CARE IN
UNDERSERVED COMMUNITIES.. GIANFORTE SAYS HE’S ENCOURAGED
TO HEAR HOW MANY PROGRAMS ARE
WORKING – BUT THERE ARE NOT
BROADLY DEPLOYED. HE SAYS THIS IS REALLY THE
BEGINNING OF DISCUSSION AND WILL
KEEP PUSHING FORWARD. GIANFORTE SAYS HE’S ENCOURAGED
TO HE’S GIANFORTE SAYS
TO HEAR HOW MANY PROGRAMS ARE
WORKING – BUT THERE ARE NOT
BROADILY DEPLOYED. HE SAYS THIS IS REALLY THE
BEGINNING OF DISCUSSION AND WILL
KE

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