LCC Behavioral Health Local Advisory Council
The LCC Behavioral Health Local Advisory Council monthly meeting is held the 1st Tuesday of the month | 11:30am - 12:30pm
Zoom Remote Meetings
*December 5 , 2023 In-person Quarterly Meeting at Lewis and Clark Public Library!
See LAC Agendas and/or Minutes to verify meeting date, time, and location as changes may be made to accommodate holidays, special events. Thank you.
Current News and Resources
BH Crisis System Dashboard goes live at Lewis and Clark Public Health website on August 30, 2023! Updated quarterly!!!
Behavioral Health Crisis System Improvement Pillars: 988 | Mobile Crisis Response Team (MCRT) | Crisis Facility
MCRT Presentation for Community Education, St. Peter's Health, October,2023
MT 988 Suicide Prevention and Mental Health Lifeline state and national 3 digit helpline, launched 7.16.22!
FY23 Behavioral Health Infographic with Mobile Crisis Response Team End of Year Numbers Plus
Crisis Receiving and/or Stabilization Facility
County RFP for Crisis Receiving and Stabilization Facility: New Journey Home released August 2022 and re-released October 2023.
BH Crisis System Strategic Planning Goals BHSI Leadership Team June 2023
Key Next Steps for Crisis Facility defined by BHSI Leadership Team June 2022!
2023 MT Legislative Forum: A Lewis and Clark County BH Local Advisory Council Tri-County Initiative 12.9.22
Overview , Presentation Slides, Takeaways and Recording.
Please review LAC Agendas and Minutes to verify meeting date, time, and location as changes may be made to accommodate holidays, special events or other conflicts. Thank you.
What Is the LAC?
In 2011 the Lewis and Clark County Board of Commissioners passed Resolution 2011-174 authorizing the creation of the Behavioral Health Local Advisory Council (LAC). From this date forward, the LAC's specific objectives have maintained to include the following:
- Provide input and recommendations to the State of Montana's Behavioral Health Oversight Advisory Council (BHOAC) and the State of Montana's State Administering Agencies (SAA).
- Examine gaps in child and adult services and recommend solutions when gaps are identified.
- Identify potential additions to services within Lewis and Clark County for recommendation to the County Commissioners.
- When identified, analyze and discuss local problems experienced by Lewis and Clark County service providers, advocacy groups, public officials and the general public.
- Facilitate accurate and timely communications.
- Assess the effectiveness of Lewis and Clark County behavioral health services and suggest ways of making services more effective.
- When identified, serve as a catalyst and facilitator in solving Lewis and Clark County behavioral health service problems.
- Recommend strategies for organization and coordination of behavioral health services in Lewis and Clark County, when identified.
- Work with behavioral health providers to provide education to the Lewis and Clark County public on behavioral health issues.
In order to better address the public behavioral health needs of Lewis and Clark County, the LAC formed four workgroups identified in the Strategic Planning for FY21-23. Each pillar identified has a focused workgroup through 2023.
- Workgroup 1 - Communication: Awareness/Education/Interaction 3-year Workplan
- Workgroup 2 - Improved Future Behavioral Health (BH) Crisis Response and Continuum of Care 3-year Workplan
- Workgroup 3 - Legislation and Policy with area expansion 3-year Workplan(PDF, 205KB)
- Workgroup 4 - Data and Common Dashboard 3-year Workplan(PDF, 139KB)
2023 General Meeting Agenda
January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November(PDF, 265KB) , December(PDF, 231KB)
2023 General Meeting Minutes
January(PDF, 265KB),February(PDF, 270KB),March(PDF, 218KB) ,April(PDF, 273KB),May(PDF, 260KB) ,June(PDF, 274KB) ,July,August(PDF, 222KB) ,September(PDF, 252KB) ,October(PDF, 283KB),November,December
2023 Workgroup Meeting Minutes
The purpose of the LAC is to assist in the improvement of Lewis and Clark County Public Health Behavioral Health (Mental Illness and Substance Use Disorders) services and to review and make recommendations about behavioral health services to the Lewis and Clark Service Area Authorities (SAA).
Current board members in FY24: Kayleigh Verhelst-Brown, Chair, Jadin VanSteenvort, Vice Chair, Brandy Vail, Past Chair
J. Jennings, BH System Improvement Specialist/LCC BH LAC Representative and LCPH Staff-contact: jjennings(at)lccountymt.gov
Behavioral Health Systems Improvement Leadership Team
Key county community stakeholders are leading the way to design and improve behavioral health crisis response and continuum of care in Lewis and Clark County. An integral partner collaboration with LCC BH Local Advisory Council.
Lewis and Clark Behavioral Health Crisis System Analysis 2021
Lewis and Clark County and the Behavioral Health (BH) Systems Improvement Leadership Team, in conjunction with JG Research and Analysis, have completed the Lewis and Clark County Behavioral Health Crisis System Analysis in August, 2021. Thank you to all of the Lewis and Clark County (LCC) BH Local Advisory Council providers who contributed to the data mapping and data analysis sharing to support this initiative over the past year. We hope the attached LCC BH Crisis System Analysis will be a resource to your organization to support and advise your behavioral health work today and into the years ahead in addition to advising legislation and developing sustainable funding.
The BH Systems Improvement Leadership Team next step will be using this analysis to drive our planning of a Crisis Stabilization Facility model that meets the needs and capacity of the county. We hope this extensive data analysis on our LCC Behavioral Health Crisis System will help the county move forward with data driven decisions on addressing the gaps in service and the identified substance abuse and mental health needs within our community.
J. Jennings, LCPH, Behavioral Health Systems Improvement Specialist
BHSI Leadership Team Meeting Reference
Next Meeting: Tuesday, December 12, 2023 via Zoom. Contact jjennings(at)lccountymt.gov for meeting information.
June 22, 2023 BHSI Leadership Team FY24 Strategic Planning
January 10, 2023 Agenda: BH Crisis System: Key Goals: Partner Funding Support -Mobile Crisis Response & Crisis Facility
December 15, 2022 Public Comments letter submit to DPHHS in response to 12.8.22 Public Hearing of new Medicaid MCRT draft Policy#452 and proposed structure and fee rates in 1.2023.
August 2022- Crisis Receiving and Stabilization for a new Journey Home RFP opened. Proposals accepted through 9.27.22. Proposal review, interview process through December 2022.
August 9, 2022 - Agenda and Crisis Facility Key Goals Contact jjennings(at)lccountymt.gov for more information.
June 14, 2022 BHSI Leadership Team Crisis Planning Session Agenda
Behavioral Health and Crisis System Research, Planning and Resources
NEWLY Released! The Planning & Development of MT's Crisis System, Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE), September 2022. Prepared for MT DPHHS BHDD Division.
Planning for Crisis Receiving and Stabilization Facilities, Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE), August 2021 (A model planning report sponsored by AMDD in conjunction with MT Crisis Coordinators)
Special Report Presentation: LCC Behavioral Health Crisis System Report and Analysis by JG Research & Evaluation on Tuesday, June 8th @4pm on Zoom. https://zoom.us/j/95968763171?pwd=OG1SbFpFckpBTjlaMHgwMnVoeXozZz09
Lewis and Clark Analysis of the Behavioral Health Crisis System first draft Presentation 6.8.21
Mapping of Behavioral Health Crisis Systems and Pathways in Helena area 11.20
View or Download Brochure(PDF, 9MB)
Lewis and Clark Behavioral Health Local Advisory Council Informational Brochure, 2021
Lewis and Clark County Mental Health Resource Guide, 2019
The Central Service Area Authority (CSAA) provided financial support to LAC for the development of:
NEW in 2022! LCC Behavioral Health LAC Informational Brochure
Mental Health Resource Guide FY20. Visit MT211 or NAMI Montana for updated local and statewide resources.
Targeted Mini-Grant funding to LAC Members
General Annual Funds
HeartMath Stress Resilience & Intelligent Energy Management Training was provided in FY21 at the height of the pandemic through a special SAMHSA COVID19 grant. Over 100 first responders in Lewis and Clark County received 4-hours each of this valuable resilience training! Thank you to our community partner, Dr. Chance Eaton of Big Sky Way, Helena MT.