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Recent News

  • April, 2018: CMHRR was awarded $378,000 from the State of Montana for two suicide prevention grants. The first grant of $157,000, led by Center Director, Matt Byerly, M.D., is to implement the Youth Aware of Mental Health program within the Great Falls School District. The second grant of $221,000, led by Mark Schure, Ph.D., is to offer THRIVE Montana, an online cognitive behavior therapy depression program, to users statewide.
  • November, 2017: John Greist, MD, a CMHRR Affiliate Faculty Member and Professor Emeritus at the University of Wisconsin, School of Medicine and Public Health, spoke at the Montana Psychiatry Conference in Chico Hot Springs, MT on November 11th. The topics of his talks were OCD: Optimal Treatment and Pills for PTSD: Yes and No.
  • February, 2017: Janet Lindow, PhD awarded a $50,000 NIH Clinical and Translational Research Program Development award for initial planning steps to conduct a pilot study of the Good Behavior Game intervention in Native American communities in Fall 2017.
  • February, 2017: John Rush, MD Professor Emeritus at Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School at the National University of Singapore and Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Duke University School of Medicine delivered a Distinguished Speaker Series Lecture, Patient-Driven Care: The Key to Recovery from Mood Disorders.
  • YAM intervention updates:
    • February, 2017: YAM Trainer training
    • 2016-2017 school year:  8 Montana high schools receive YAM
    • Summer, 2016: Montanan general population and Tribal Nations youth cultural adaptations of YAM completed
    • April, 2016: 12 YAM facilitators trained
    • Planning is underway for next-step, randomized controlled trials of YAM in the US.
  • October, 2016: Montana Mental Health Trust awards $92,000 to MSU Extension for the project, “Expanding Extension’s Role in Serving Montana in Non-Clinical Mental Health Services”.
  • October, 2016: The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture awarded over $362,000 to Sandy Bailey, PhD CFLE and the MSU Extension to “lead a state-wide project to train extension faculty to promote mental health literacy and youth suicide prevention among rural Montanans” in collaboration with the CMHRR.
  • August, 2016: Rebecca Brooker, PhD is part of a four-person research team that received a three-year, $500,000 grant from the Genetics and Human Agency at the University of Virginia. The focus of the grant is to try to understand how parent-child interactions affect child development.
  • July, 2016: TMS system for study involving the use of transcranial magnetic stimulation in the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease was delivered to the WMMHC.
  • June, 2016: CMHRR hired Janet Lindow, PhD, formerly a faculty member at the Yale School of Public Health, as an Assistant Professor.
  • May, 2016: Mark Schure, PhD was awarded a 2016 Montana INBRE grant to test the acceptability of a computerized cognitive behavioral therapy treatment in rural Montana.
  • September, 2015: CMHRR received a $1.4 million MREDI grant, which will help fund the development of 1) a non-addictive pain treatment (SiteOne Therapeutics, Inc.); 2) an EEG-fNIRS (brain function analysis) clinical diagnostic tool for depression and anxiety (Rebecca Brooker, PhD); 3) the use of TMS to treat Alzheimer’s disease (Western Montana Mental Health Center and CMHRR); and 4) a pilot study of the YAM suicide prevention intervention program for high school students (CMHRR).

Press Releases






Past Events

Serenity in the Storm - A Community Conversation on Mental Health & Hope
Speaker/Singer: Jason DeShaw - Serenity in the Storm
April 3, 2018, 6:30 PM, Willson Auditorium


Patient-Driven Care: The Key to Recovery from Mood Disorders
Speaker: Dr. A. John Rush
February 2, 2017, 6 PM, The Emerson's Crawford Theater
Mood disorders account for at least two-thirds of suicides and a massive degree of  disability, pain and suffering. A wide-range of effective and safe treatments are available, including psychotherapeutic, pharmacological, nutritional and brain stimulation methods. Too often, however, the full benefit of these treatment options is not realized in actual practice. In this presentation, Dr. Rush will discuss some of these newer treatment options, while focusing on practical ways that patients, families, other caregivers and clinicians can help with early detection, treatment implementation, relapse prevention, as well as complete symptomatic and functional recovery. Video

Preventing Youth Suicide: Evidence About What Works
Speaker: Dr. Matthew Byerly

October 24, 2016, 5:30 PM, Hager Auditorium, Museum of the Rockies
Dr. Byerly will describe available youth suicide prevention interventions, highlighting the differences in program approaches and comparing and contrasting the effectiveness of individual programs. He will also discuss the use of a promising new intervention, Youth Aware of Mental Health or YAM, by MSU’s Center for Mental Health Research and Recovery. Dr. Byerly will conclude with recommendations regarding needs for future research in the field, with an emphasis on relevance for Montana and similar rural settings.


Serenity in the Storm: A story of recovery with songs of hope
Speaker/Singer: Jason DeShaw - Serenity in the Storm
May 6, 2015, 7PM, The Emerson's Crawford Theater


The experience and the science of mental illness
Speakers: Jason DeShaw and Dr. Matt Byerly
January 28, 2015, 7-9PM, The Emerson

Jason DeShaw, a country western musician, will sing, play guitar, and discuss his struggle with bipolar disorder. This will be followed by a lecture on recent advances in mental health research given by  Dr. Matt Byerly, a psychiatrist and scientist at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. Video


The experience and the science of mental illness
Speakers: Deborah Levy and Jessie Close
October 11, 2014 7PM, The Museum of the Rockies

In this lecture, Jessie Close and her son Calen Pick of Bozeman discussed their struggles with bipolar disease and schizophrenia (respectively). Dr. Deborah Levy, a clinician and researcher at McLean Hospital and Harvard Medical School, presented an overview of schizophrenia and bipolar disorder and what we know about the causes, treatment and science underlying these illnesses. Video