Senators Announce Federal Funding for Montana
Montana Senators Steve Daines and Jon Tester announced funding over the weekend for different Montana departments. Senator Tester said $3,457,000 will be coming to the Montana Board of Crime Control. The money will help law enforcement preparedness to help protect communities from COVID-19. He said the Corona Virus Emergency Supplemental Funding funneled the money through the Department of Justice to include overtime costs, personal protective gear and training. Tester also said $2 million will be going to the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services for behavioral health services for those impacted by the virus, especially those with mental illness or substance use disorders. Tester said, "Increased stress and isolation because of coronavirus leaves these folks at high risk." Tester said the Rocky Boy Health Board will receive a half million dollars and the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes will get $483,000 for their Healthy Spirit, Happy Heart Project."
Senator Daines said the Department of Health and Human Services is sending $10 million to support Montana child care providers. The money will support child care providers and will help support healthcare workers, first responders and other essential workers. In another development, Montana Children's Trust Fund has received a $10,000 sponsorship from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Montana to support April's on-line Strengthening Families Month and help raise awareness of the prevention of child abuse and neglect in the state. The activities include virtual Pinwheels for Prevention and Go Blue Mondays on Facebook. Visit the Montana Children's Trust Fund (MTCTF) Facebook site for more information.