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May/June 2010 Volume 4, Number 3


“The Right Services...To the Right People...At the Right Time!”

AWARE earns praise from Board of Visitors



By Tim Pray n January 28 and 29, the Montana Mental Disabilities Board of Visitors conducted a site review of AWARE’s services in Butte and Anaconda. The Board of Visitors serves at the pleasure of Gov. Brian Schweitzer and conducts reviews of Montana’s public mental health programs and the Montana Developmental Center in Boulder. It also assists individuals receiving services from these programs. The Mental Disabilities Board of Visitors was created in 1975 by the Montana Legislature to provide independent oversight of publicly funded mental health services and Developmental Disabilities residential facilities. The Board consists of six persons appointed by the governor for two-year terms.

See Board of Visitors on Page 6

Study finds services lacking for people with dual diagnosis H.E.L.P. instructors demonstrate a two-person assist move. Left to right, they are Tim Hahn, Randy Street and Larris Allick. Photo by Jim Tracy

H.E.L.P. (Healthy Employees Leading People in Need) trainers have begun using a revised manual with clearer language and better illustrations. The new 24-page manual includes more detailed photographs and easier-to-follow instructions. As before, H.E.L.P. trainers use the manual as a guide for one-onone instruction. See story on Page 4


Note to staff and friends

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By Jim Tracy nadequate community services for people with a dual diagnosis of mental illness and developmental disability could result in a more restrictive placement than necessary. That’s one of the conclusions in an April report to the Legislature’s Children, Families, Health and Human Services Interim Committee prepared by legislative research analyst Sue O’Connell. After a study that lasted several months, O’Connell concluded that the potential for inappropriate placement is particularly evident at the Montana Developmental Center, where 73 percent of residents are dually diagnosed.


News Briefs — Page 8

See Dual Diagnosis on Page 22

Making Dream Catchers — Page 12

Book Marks — Page 14

Coming Events — Page 18

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