CHILDREN'S MENTAL HEALTH COMMITEE
COLLABORATION LEADING TO CHANGE
The Butte Community Council has worked to bring a number of programs and resources into our community. The successes of these efforts truly show what can happen when people join together to work for change. This work couldn't be done without the dedication of many individuals creating a vision and making it a reality.
Our strengths have proven not only to be the existing programs and services for children in our community, but the individual members of the Butte Community Council and the Children’s Mental Health Committee. Each individual joined because of his or her passion and desire to make our community’s early childhood system stronger. They are our strengths. They come from a wide scope of services with children being the common thread. They are motivated, creative, and volunteer for committees and events to help build our early childhood system.
PROGRAMS & ACCOMPLISHMENTS
Circle of Parents
The Circle of Parents group provides a place for parents who have children with disabilities and/or mental health issues to come and share common experiences, successes, and challenges through a monthly group meeting co-led by parents and professionals.
Meetings are held the first Thursday of every month at:
Butte 4-C's at 6:30 pm,
101 North Main St. Butte
Dinner and child care are provided for free
Contact Heather at 406-723-4019 or
Healthy Families Network
We supported the creation of the Healthy Families Network. A collaboration between three agencies to provide SafeCare, Nurse Family Partnership and Parents as Teachers. These programs provide home visiting to families and work together to support children.
We provide backpacks to all new parents at St. James Hospital and the Anaconda Community Hospital. They contain local resources, helpful parenting tips, a Safe Sleep DVD and a gift for the baby.
Cont;nue Your Story
This campaign was created in response to Southwest Montana's difficulty with suicide. Cont;nue Your Story is an awareness campaign started in Butte and now moving across the state. With billboards, radio spots, posters, bench ads, print material and other marketing the numbers for three mental health crisis lines were distributed throughout the area. All students in the Butte School District and the Central School District received pens or pencils and magnets with crisis line numbers on them.
Zero to Five - A healthier Montana starts here.
Butte will be focusing our efforts on resilient parenting. We will be working to engage the community while identifying needs, strengths and barriers in the area of resilient parenting. Programming will be developed after we have a clear understanding of what is needed in BSB to help children and families.
Updated yearly this chart is available to providers, teachers, case managers and other professionals in the community to help connect them to resources available in Butte. It includes non-profit and private providers. Contact us if you would like to be included in the chart.
This committee was formed to focus efforts on children's mental health care needs. Access to psychiatric services was a major concern in the community so the CMHC helped to bring tele-medicine to the area and works to connect pediatricians to psychiatric advice. Also the Cont;nue Your Story campaign was started in order to get people access to and knowledge of local and national crisis lines. This campaign has been a huge success.
Zero to Five Butte-Silver Bow Collaborative and the FLOC (Families Leading Our Community)
The Zero to Five Collaborative in Butte-Silver Bow is working to create a community dedicated to healthy families and health children. Our primary goal is to reduce the number of foster children in BSB by 75% by the year 2025.
The FLOC is working to engage and empower parents in our community to be a part of the change to make Butte-Silver Bow the best place to raise a family.
We have provided kindergarten screenings to all the BSB elementary schools. We have grown from our initial 70 screenings to over 220 screenings per year. This helps schools to better place the children in classrooms. Every child receives a backpack full of educational activities to do over the summer and it has information and resources for parents.
Community Access to Child Health - from the American Academy of Pediatrics
Grant to offer the I am Moving I am Learning curriculum to educators
Grant to provide a Family Forum focused around Conscious Discipline
Grant to bring Jim Gill to educate and perform for educators and parents
Home visiting grants for the Healthy Families Network
Funding from the Montana Children’s Trust Fund to implement the national Circle of Parents program in our community and around the state.
Montana Preschool Development Grant to support BCC programs and activities
Local community grants from Butte Exchange Club and the Butte Silver Bow Community Foundation