Montana’s Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS) Director Sheila Hogan announced there will be $33 million in new grant funding created in response to the economic challenges faced by the hundreds of Montana behavioral health provider organizations impacted by COVID-19. According to Ms. Hogan, despite an increase in the delivery of mental health and addiction treatment services via telemedicine during the public health emergency, behavioral health provider organizations across the U.S. and in Montana are experiencing significant revenue loss as a result of COVID-19.
DPHHS has kept in close contact with Montana provider organizations over the past many months about how the public health emergency is impacting them and, in turn, the clients they serve. The grants are available for Montana licensed behavioral health providers. The grant aims to retain existing programs and services, employees, or organizational viability for provision of future services and operations. Each eligible provider organization may only be awarded one behavioral health grant. Funding is being made available through the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.
Eligible applicants must be a Montana licensed behavioral health provider operating prior to February 15, 2020 and they must demonstrated loss in revenues due to COVID-19. Provider organizations can receive a maximum grant of up to 8% of their annual Montana revenues or demonstrated lost Montana revenues between March and June 2020 (whichever is the lesser amount). The grants can be used to support payroll, rent, accounts payable, and expenses related to shifts in operations in order to retain existing Montana programs and services, retain current employees or retain organizational viability for provision of future services and operations.
The Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services is dedicated to improving and protecting the health, well-being and self-reliance of all Montanans. The Department supports Operations Services, Medicaid and Health Services and Economic Security Services of Montana.
This was reported by Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services on July 20, 2020.
Contact Information: Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services, 43 4th Street, Columbus, Montana 59019; 406-444-0936; Website: http://dphhs.mt.gov/