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November/December 2010 Volume 4, Number 6

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

Center for Excellence

AWARE Anaconda projects moving ahead By Jim Tracy


WARE has taken another step toward creating a Center for Excellence in Anaconda that includes homes for kids, a school, and autism and psychiatric services. The corporation has signed a development agreement with Anaconda-Deer Lodge County to build a new school and other facilities on about eight acres of reclaimed Superfund land known as the East Yards. Construction is expected to begin next spring. “Anaconda-Deer Lodge County has been a critical partner in this development and has gone out of its way to help us move forward with our plans,” said AWARE CEO Larry Noonan. “ADLC support will continue to play a pivotal role in the success of the project.” See Center for Excellence on Page 22

Roofing contractors shingle a home under construction on Pennsylvania Avenue in Anaconda. The home is one of seven buildings under construction on the site that will be part of AWARE’s Center for Excellence. Photo by Jim Tracy

Children’s Mental Health Bureau

DPHHS reduces out-of-state length of stay By Jim Tracy


he average length of stay for Montana children in out-of-state psychiatric residential treatment facilities has dropped to about a third of what it was just six years ago, according to an August report to the Montana Legislature.

In 2004, the average length of stay for high-risk children in an out-of-state treatment facility was 300 days. For state fiscal year 2010 — July 1, 2009, through June 30, 2010 — the average stay was just 102 days, according to Bob Runkel, director of Developmental Services for Montana. Please see Out of state on Page 24


Note to staff and friends

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‘Old friend’ leads development effort — Page 4

Special Olympics hoops tourney — Page 5

ShrinkwRap: Lessons on WrapTitude — Page 8

Delegates prepare for Corporate Congress — Page 14

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