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 By JON EBELT    Community    November 23, 2022 

Be Antibiotics Aware: Smart Use, Best Care

Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS) officials are urging Montanans to be aware of the importance of appropriate antibiotic use during U.S. Antibiotic Awareness Week Nov. 18-24, 2022. This is an annual observance that provides...

 

DPHHS Reminds Montanans about Increased WIC Benefits

Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS) officials said today that increased benefits are now available to families through the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children, commonly known as WIC. “We want...

 

DPHHS Urges Montanans to be Fall Aware

Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS) officials report that nearly one in three Montanans aged 65 and older have reported falling at least once in the last 12 months. “Falling is not a normal part of aging, but knowing a...

 
 By JON EBELT    Community    August 31, 2022

Take Steps to Avoid Contracting West Nile Virus

State and local public health officials are reporting the season’s first West Nile virus (WNV) detections in positive mosquito samples in Dawson and Lewis and Clark counties. The first horse infected with WNV this season was also confirmed earlier...

 

Governor Gianforte, DPHHS Invest $18 Million To Increase Access to Child Care

Governor Greg Gianforte and Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS) Director Charlie Brereton announced an $18 million investment to fund 31 child care innovation grants across the state. “For too long, Montana’s working families...

 
 By JON EBELT    Government    July 13, 2022

Montana Tobacco Quit Line Launches New Behavioral Health Program

The Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS) has launched a new program to help persons with behavioral health conditions successfully quit tobacco products. “Many individuals with behavioral health conditions want to stop smoking...

 
 By JON EBELT    Business    July 6, 2022

Final Application Period for Child Care Stabilization Funds is July 1-31

Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS) Director Adam Meier is encouraging child care providers to apply for Child Care Stabilization funds during the final application period July 1 – 31, 2022. The online application will go live...

 
 By JON EBELT    Community    June 15, 2022

State, Local Officials Report Alarming Number of Fatal Overdoses in Recent Weeks

Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS) and the Montana Department of Justice, in conjunction with local law enforcement, have identified an alarming number of fatal overdoses across the state in the last two weeks. In the period from...

 
 By JON EBELT    Government    April 13, 2022

SNAP, TANF Clients Can Now Purchase Online at Walmart.com

Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS) Director Adam Meier announced that Montanans eligible for food and cash assistance can now make purchases online through Walmart.com as part of a federal nationwide initiative to increase...

 

State Offices Issue Advisory Clarifying State of Parental Notification of Abortion Act

Montana Attorney General Austin Knudsen and Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services Director Adam Meier issued an advisory today to clarify the current status of, and Montanans’ rights and obligations, under the Parental...

 

Gianforte, DPHHS Awards Over $150,000 to Support Food Access

Governor Greg Gianforte and Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS) Director Adam Meier announced today that Montana No Kid Hungry (NKH) has awarded a total of $150,980 through grants to 11 local organizations across the state to...

 

DPHHS Announces $3.7 Million Investment to Help Montanans with Significant Medical Needs

The Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS) announced today an investment of $3.7 million over the next 18 months to provide a financial boost to over 1,300 Montana Medicaid recipients with significant medical needs. “This in...

 

DPHHS Issues Statement on Injunction Against Federal Vaccine Mandate for Health Care Workers

“The Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS) is pleased that a federal court has issued an order granting a nationwide preliminary injunction against implementation of CMS’s vaccine mandate for health care workers, particularly in...

 

Gifts With A Lift Program Spreads Holiday Cheer to Montana State Hospital Patients

The Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS) announced today that donation boxes have been set up at various locations across the state to receive holiday gifts to benefit Montana State Hospital (MSH) patients. The effort is part of...

 

DPHHS Urges Montanans to Check Cupboards for Recalled Infant Cereal

Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS) officials announced today a voluntary recall of rice cereal for infants and babies has been issued by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The recalled infant cereal was distributed...

 

Falls Prevention Awareness Week in September 20-24

Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS) officials report that nearly one in three Montanans aged 65 and older have reported falling at least once in the last 12 months. Further, about 1,900 Montanans were hospitalized due to unintentio...

 
 By Jon Ebelt    Community    August 25, 2021

Third Dose of COVID-19 Vaccine Recommended & Available for Certain Immunocompromised Individuals

Montana health care providers can now offer third doses of the Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccines to certain immunocompromised individuals following new recently announced federal recommendations. “This is great news because we know the impact...

 
 By Jon Ebelt    Community    July 14, 2021

DPHHS Seeks Public Comment on Proposal to Expand Behavioral Health Treatment Services

Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS) Director Adam Meier announced the agency is seeking public comment on its federal application to expand mental health and substance use treatment services through the Healing and Ending...

 
 By Jon Ebelt    Community    June 30, 2021

State Officials Report Alarming Trend of Fentanyl-Related Fatalities in Montana

State officials said today the alarming increase of fentanyl-related fatalities in Montana that occurred in 2020 does not appear to be slowing down thus far into 2021. The Montana Department of Justice’s State Crime Lab reported 41...

 
 By Jon Ebelt    Community    April 14, 2021

DPHHS Confirms First Hantavirus Case for 2021

The Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS) has confirmed that an adult male from Richland County has been diagnosed with hantavirus infection. The individual acquired the illness while working out of state where there was an...

 
 By Jon Ebelt    Government    March 24, 2021

State Health Agency Continues to Work with CDC on Surveillance for Variant Strains

Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS) officials announced today the state now has 19 total confirmed cases of COVID-19 virus variant strains. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) notified DPHHS late yesterday...

 
 By Jon Ebelt    News    March 24, 2021

State Health Agency Continues to Work with CDC on Surveillance for Variant Strains

Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS) officials announced March 17th the state now has 19 total confirmed cases of COVID-19 virus variant strains. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) notified DPHHS of 11...

 
 By Jon Ebelt    Community    March 10, 2021

Southwest Montana Veterans Home Welcomes First Resident

Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS) officials announced the brand new Southwest Montana Veterans Home (SWMVH) welcomed its first resident into the facility today, March 8. The very...

 

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