Slight of Hand
Say there was someone, let’s call him “Ron,” who wanted to fund some of the state’s community mental health care needs, but only with patched, temporary, gimmicky spending bills that are one-time-only appropriations with less money, and that completely ignored the needs of Montanans in crisis who have been placed in crisis facilities by court order – they have no other choice.
Say there was someone else, let’s call him “Steve,” who has a mental health care solution with more money, that was permanent funding, and that addressed the needs for community treatment with new, increased, permanent on-going money – and also addressed the need for crises care for people who were sent by court order to the Montana State Hospital or public nursing home in Lewistown, which would you say was a greater help for Montanans with mental illness?
The issue of mental health funding has become a hot topic in the Montana legislature of late. That’s because Ron Ehli and his fellow GOP-ers are working to block permanent, much-needed new funds to help Montanans who need mental health care by pushing a temporary, one-time-only, bandaid of sorts instead. The bandaid approach is the way Ehli is blocking the increased, permanent, new additional dollars Gov. Bullock has proposed to ensure Montanans have a pathway to get their community and crisis mental health care needs addressed. Montanans need a real mental health care solution, and would be ill-served if the legislature, and Lee Newspapers, were to fall for this slight of hand.
What’s Behind the Human Trafficking Bill Vote Count?
An interesting outcome from the vote on a bill by Rep. Kim Dudik to crack down on human trafficking bill this week, House Bill 89. The bill passed the house 98-2. The two who voted against cracking down on sex trafficking and protecting victims?