Bozeman Health Foundation is pleased to announce they have been awarded
a two-year $150,000 grant from Montana Healthcare Foundation. Bozeman
Health and Bozeman Health Foundation are proud to partner with Montana
Healthcare Foundation to implement a new Integrated Behavioral Health
(IBH) initiative supporting patients and healthcare providers at Bozeman Health.
Integrated behavioral health is the term used for providing patients with
coordinated physical and behavioral health care. Individuals struggling
with mental illness or substance use disorders are often at greater risk
for chronic health issues and combining a patient’s physical and
mental health care can help improve chronic conditions and reduce health
care spending. The funds awarded from this grant will be used to combine
the expertise of mental health professionals with primary care clinicians
providing team-based, whole person care.
Mental health has been identified as the number one health challenge facing
Gallatin County by the Community Health Needs Assessment, completed by
Bozeman Health, Community Health Partners and Gallatin County Health Department
in 2017. Tied into Elevating Behavioral Health and a successful three-part
community symposium, Bozeman Health has prioritized mental health services
and IBH implementation.
Behavioral health is one component of Caring Forward: the Campaign for
a Healthier Community, launched this spring by Bozeman Health, together
with Bozeman Health Foundation. With a goal of $15 million, this charitable
campaign will help make significant changes in healthcare in Southwest
Montana. We are pleased to announce that, including this $150,000 grant,
Bozeman Health Foundation has now surpassed $13.2 million of its $15 million goal.