Wave of Montana primary providers increase mental health care

Roughly three years into a new initiative, 55 Montana providers have woven more mental health services into their regular care.


Montana Healthcare Foundation CEO Aaron Wernham announced the number Tuesday during the organization’s Integrated Behavioral Health Summit at Montana State University.

“That is a fantastic rate of transformation,” Wernham said.

The idea behind integrated care is doctors should spot symptoms of depression or anxiety and have a way to connect patients to ongoing support.


Wernham said the foundation began its initiative in 2016 and since, doled out $4.5 million toward integrated behavioral health planning and start-up costs throughout Montana.