The Mental Commitment and Treatment Act and the Developmental Disabilities Act were passed by the Montana legislature in 1975. The laws were part of a comprehensive package designed to upgrade treatment for both the mentally ill and the developmentally disabled. Both laws are designed to promote the use of community setting a resources whenever possible. Both laws require protection of the rights of individuals to due process and to humane competent treatment.
The Mental Disabilities Board of Visitors consists of five members appointed by the Governor. They represent consumers, family members, health care professionals as well as ordinary citizens.
The Board reviews care at Montanas institutions for the mentally ill and the developmentally disabled, and care at Montanas community mental health centers. They also provide legal representation at Montana State Hospital.
Contact the Board of Visitors at one of the addresses below for "Your Mental Health Rights in Montana" a manual that tells more about rights in Montanas mental health facilities.
Mental Disabilities Board of Visitors
Helena, MT 59620
Legal Services Program
PO Box 177
Warm Springs, MT 59756
Page last updated 07/26/2006