By Mara Silvers
Montana Free Press 

In a community with an abundance of wealth, mental health options still scarce

Gallatin County health care providers, activists and county officials say behavioral health is a tangled mess. What will it take to unravel the knots?


August 25, 2021

Deputy Tom Pallach of the Gallatin County Sheriff's Office transports patients across the state when they are deemed a danger to themselves or others and are awaiting evaluation before a judge. Credit: Mara Silvers / MTFP

In June, the median price for a single-family home in Gallatin County was $702,000, an increase of nearly 54% from the previous year. According to census data from 2019, nearly 21% of the county's households made between $100,000 and $149,000 in the preceding 12 months, 6.5% higher than the statewide figure. The county's population is now approaching 120,000 residents, making it one of the fastest-growing regions in the state.

Yet despite the apparent abundance, some local residents, health care providers, law enforcement officials and politicians say the region's relative wealth has so far...

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