Contact: Lauren Brendel, M.S.
Bozeman Health is committed to keeping our community updated on our efforts to support sustainable and effective behavioral health service availability for all in Southwest Montana.
Bozeman Health has notified Western Montana Mental Health that we are terminating the purchase agreement we submitted for Hope House and the surrounding mental health campus. As we worked through the due diligence process we encountered barriers that were not in the best interest of the health system to work within.
Moving forward, we have identified our Spanish Peaks Plaza building on North 19th in Bozeman as a location to offer crisis receiving services in an environment that is safe and therapeutic. Our emergency department is seeing so many patients in crisis that even when our Psychiatric Emergency Services (PES) unit is fully operational, demand will continue to exceed capacity—this is why we are advocating for a crisis care specialist to return to our community.
Recently, Gallatin County sought applicants to provide specialty crisis services and Connections Health Solutions was the only responder to their request. Bozeman Health supported Connections application. Connections is widely recognized as the national leader in crisis care, and operates two of the largest and most studied crisis facilities in the country. They are currently serving as the mobile crisis service provider for Gallatin County in partnership with Community Health Partners.
We are deeply appreciative of our many community partners working to treat individuals and expand access to thoughtful and humane mental health care in Gallatin County. We are fortunate to have so many passionate individuals, willing providers, and generous supporters to champion the innovation we must embrace as a community to increase ease of access, improve patient outcomes, and ensure long term sustainability of our behavioral health care system.