Billings Clinic hosted presentation regarding mental health crisis in Montana

Billings Clinic hosts a presentation on Montana's health crisis, discussing the need for more care in the state of Montana.

BILLINGS, Mont. - Billings Clinic hosted a presentation on Montana's health crisis, discussing the need for more care in the state of Montana.

The presentation was hosted at the Mary Alice Fortin Health Conference Center at Billings Clinic.

Dozens of people listened to the chairman of the Department of Psychiatry, Dr. Eric Arzubi, speak about the challenges of those seeking mental health resources. Dr. Arzubi said the point of the presentation was to give the community an update on what the psychiatric department at the Billings Clinic is trying to accomplish with mental health care and also to give an update on the future goals for the psychiatry residency training program.

"It's Montana's first ever psychiatry residency," Dr. Arzubi said. "Montana, until now has been one of three states with no psychiatry residency program so we feel it's a pretty important milestone, I guess, and really trying to push back on the mental health crisis that we're facing in the state."

Dr. Arzubi said the Psychiatric Department's hope is to provide a compelling vision and the possibility of a plan on how to tackle the mental health crisis. He said he also hopes this presentation is the beginning of a much-needed conversation.

KULR-8 Reporter

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