Montana Crisis Recovery Line Now Available!

Marissa Perry, Communications Director, Governor’s Office, (406) 444-4514
Erin Loranger, Press Secretary, Governor’s Office, (406) 444-9725
Jon Ebelt, Public Information Officer, DPHHS, (406) 444-0936

Governor Bullock Announces New Crisis Counseling Hotline Funded by $1.6 Million Federal Grant

Montana Crisis Recovery line is now available at                  121-877-503-0833

MONTANA – Governor Steve Bullock today announced a new crisis counseling hotline funded by a $1.6 million federal grant is now available to aid Montanans struggling with their mental health due to the ongoing impacts of the COVID-19 public health emergency.

“We know Montanans in every corner of the state have been impacted by this virus in various ways and I’m pleased this hotline is available to support anyone in need,” Governor Bullock said. “I encourage Montanans to use the hotline now to receive confidential assistance and get connected to the appropriate services in their community.”

The Montana Crisis Recovery hotline is funded and available for at least the next nine months. Montanans in need of crisis counseling can call 1-877-503-0833 to receive free and confidential counseling services from trained crisis counselors Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

The free service is meant to help people navigate feelings of isolation, loss, fear, uncertainty, depression, and anxiety they are experiencing during this time. The new service is available to all Montanans, with target populations identified as healthcare workers and first responders, school officials, veterans, elderly individuals, Native Americans, and farmers and ranchers.

The Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS) partnered with Disaster and Emergency Services to pursue the grant to address the growing need for mental health services.

“As COVID-19 cases rise across Montana, the impacts on mental health can be devastating to a wide range of the population,” Zoe Barnard, DPHHS Addictive and Mental Disorders Division Administrator, said. “A crisis counselor can offer an empathetic ear and provide support.”

Counselors on the other end of the line will be there to listen without judgement, offer emotional support, comfort, console, offer information and education on stress and coping, and direct callers to additional support and community resources. DPHHS is contracting with Mental Health America of Montana to manage the hotline. The phone line, when fully staffed, will include 12 trained crisis counselors. Efforts are currently under way to recruit and hire two counselors who are Tribal members.

In addition to Mental Health America of Montana, DPHHS will work closely with four additional project partners including the Montana Hospital Association, Voices of Hope, Kauffman & Associates Inc., and the Montana Public Health Institute. The team will work together to hire counselors and will provide outreach to communities across the state through this opportunity.

The grant is provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency in collaboration with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

Other mental health resources that are already available to Montanans include the Montana Crisis Text Line, Montana Suicide Prevention Lifeline, Montana Warmline and Thrive by Waypoint Health.

The Crisis Text Line is available 24/7 by texting MT to 741 741; the Montana Suicide Prevention Lifeline is available 24/7 at 800-273-TALK (8255); the Warmline is available Monday to Friday 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday noon to 9 p.m. at 877-688-3377; and information about Thrive by Waypoint Health, an online cognitive behavioral therapy for those actively working to manage anxiety and stress, is available at

Over the past several months, DPHHS has expanded these services to assist Montanans through the ongoing pandemic.

Giving Tuesday is TOMORROW

At a time when we are all experiencing the pandemic, generosity is what brings people of all races, faiths, and political views together across the globe. Generosity gives everyone the power to make a positive change in the lives of others and is a fundamental value anyone can act on. #givingtuesday2020 is TOMORROW. Do what you can to help someone in need.

Good Samaritan client Thanksgiving meal

A HUGE thank you to Phyllis and Mary from Saint Paul’s Methodist Church for making an amazing entire Thanksgiving meal for all of the Good Samaritan clients housed at La Quinta hotel, we could not have had this event without your kindness. Our staff had such a great day serving and interacting with the clients.


Christmas Sharing – The Giving Tree

Greetings all,
It’s that time of year again AND, the end of 2020!
Good Sam is working with the Cathedral of St. Helena to ensure the many children in our community receive a Merry Christmas. With this note we wanted to let you all know how and when to access assistance for Christmas.
The following are the dates of the Cathedral Give Tree:
1. Applications will be taken at GSM from 9:00 – 3:00
-Nov 9th – Nov 13th
-Nov 16th – 20th
-Nov 23th – 24th
-Nov 30th – Dec 4th
-Dec 7th – 11th
-Dec 14th – 15th
2. Distribution date December 18th and 19th, distribution/shopping will be from 8:00-4:00p. Shopping will again be at the Brondel Center. This year shoppers will be taken to shop on very limited numbers at a time(1-3 at a time).
3. The Department of Health has been contacted to inform of the event and process.
Please feel free to refer families to GSM or the Cathedral for assistance
GSM: 442-0780-Theresa
Cathedral: 442-5825-Kathy


Click on the link to view our webpage for #givingtuesday2020

Giving Tuesday is right around the corner and this year, the day of giving, is very important to Good Samaritan Ministries. Due to COVID-19 we have had to forgo our community fundraising events.

The Annual Fashion Show and St. Francis Dinner were our largest events of the year which raised money for our Assistance Account to go directly to helping those in need in the Helena community.

Because of these cancelations, and the current pandemic we are not able to help as many people as we usually can and due to current circumstances, the need for assistance to those struggling has risen exponentially.

By making a small monthly donation you can make a huge impact on someone’s life.

Click the link below or you can text

HELPNEEDS to 44-321



Renter Workshop

Renters Workshop

Struggling to find a rental home and confused about how credit impacts your ability to rent?

Then attend a hosted renter workshop with Homeword. This in person course will be at Our Place and is limited to 10 people so sign up today.

When: September 10th, 2020 3pm-5pm

Where : Our Place Drop In Center (In the Conference Room)

631 N Last Chance Gulch Helena, MT 59601


Sign Up for a class spot through Homeword at :

If you need assistance with signing up for the course and would like to take the course at Our Place, then please contact Chandler Rowling Housing Navigator at 406-442-0780. Chandler will be doing a quick survey to collect general information and will go over COVID-19 policies for this event.

*Beverage and Snacks will be provided






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