Here is a list of all of the food distribution sites for Billings Public Schools. Friday, May 1st, is a school holiday. These sites will be provide meals for Friday through Sunday on Thursday, April 30th.
Eastern Montana Community Mental Health Center and Rimrock Expand Services to include Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT)
The clinical teams of Rimrock and Eastern Montana Community Mental Health Center (EMCMHC) will collaborate with local primary care providers in eastern Montana to identify patients who would benefit from the Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) program. Patients with opioid use disorder or alcohol use disorder are primary candidates. The team identifies potential candidates and meets with the patients to review their treatment options.
Those struggling with substance use disorder are often faced with increased exposure to
criminal activity, risk for infectious disease and difficulty maintaining employment. The goal of providing MAT as an option is to help these clients achieve a life that is balanced and decreases their risk factors. Investment in the MAT program is an investment in each individual patient as well as their families and their communities, which makes Montana a healthier and safer place for everyone. MAT provides lifesaving benefits
including decreasing the risk of overdose, aligning people with counseling and behavior
therapies, and creating a foundation for managing the chronic illness of substance use disorder.
Through the partnership between Rimrock and EMCMHC, an entire continuum of services from detox to inpatient, short-term and long-term residential and outpatient services will be available to those in need. Rimrock’s team is highly trained to identify each patient’s specific needs and develop a unique treatment plan that will address those needs, giving those struggling with SUD a second chance and offering the gift of improving their quality of life. Rimrock’s Admissions Department can be reached at (406) 248-3175 or (800) 227-3953. Normal admission hours are between 8:00 am and 5:00 pm Mountain Time, Monday through Friday. However, staff is available to take calls 24/7.
The YMCA is offering emergency childcare for essential service workers. Care is offered for children grades K-6. Their emergency childcare site is located at the Billings Family YMCA at 402 North 32nd Street with drop-off and pick-up at the back entrance of the facility.
Your child does not need to be a Y member to enroll. It is available now through May 22nd. Register for emergency childcare online at www.billingsymca.org/emergency. Financial assistance is available thanks to the YMCA’s generous donors.
Emergency childcare is Monday through Friday, 7:30am till 5:30pm. Breakfast and a healthy afternoon snack will be provided but students will need a sack lunch.
Health and safety precautions are being taken:
- Temperatures and checking symptoms for students and staff upon entry are done daily. If a temperature is above 99.8 and/or they show any sign of illness the staff/child will be sent home immediately.
- Parents/Guardians are asked if medications were used to lower the child’s temperature.
- Periodic health checks will be performed throughout the day by staff.
- If a student exhibits symptoms, the student will be distanced from the group while following the YMCA child abuse prevention guidelines. The student will not be left alone with another student or staff member.
- If a student or staff is sent home for symptoms, the group will be removed from the room they were in and the room will be disinfected.
If you have any questions, please contact Youth Development Director Shannon George at (406) 294-1619 or email [email protected]
March of Dimes is changing how they do March for Babies.
The COVID-19 pandemic is putting the health of moms and babies even more at risk. There’s no safe way for us to meet and walk in person, at precisely the time an urgent health crisis puts more families in danger.
The March of Dimes’ mission depends on the people who collectively walk thousands of miles at March for Babies fundraising events across the country. This year, they’re inviting the community to come together at March for Babies Step Up!—the new virtual March for Babies event.
By signing up, you’ll be putting every step to good use, helping moms and babies who already carry a significant health risk.
The novel coronavirus pandemic has forced 6.6 million Americans to file for unemployment, and in three weeks, the number will grow to 16 million. The economic downfall has caused financial havoc for millions of people, including students–especially those with student loan debt. Now more than ever, it is crucial to help support local students and their financial struggles during this economic catastrophe. For the first year, Billings Oral Surgery & Dental Implant Center is launching a new community initiative called Wisdom For Wisdom. The program will provide two local students with free wisdom teeth extractions to help offset their college expenses and support their higher education goals. Students can apply on Billings Oral Surgery & Dental Implant Center’s website until May 7.
College affordability and student loan debt is a crisis that is plaguing the nation. Montana is currently among the top 15 states with the fastest-growing student loan debt balances. Residents in Montana owe $3.8 billion in student loan debt, and over 44 million Americans owe over $1.64 trillion in student loan debt, spread out among about 45 million borrowers. That’s roughly $587 billion more than the total U.S. credit card debt. On top of food, tuition, housing, and other expenses, textbook prices are higher than ever. Statistics show that the soaring rise in textbook costs is the most inflated of all increasing college-related expenditures. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, college tuition and fees have risen over 60 percent and housing more than 50 percent in the past decade.
“With the recent abrupt yield to our economy, we are thinking about the local students in our community now more than ever, and want to help alleviate their financial burdens,” Dr. John Bennion said. “This program serves students who are low-income and who do not have the means to afford wisdom teeth extractions. Our goal is to ease the financial burden for students through the Wisdom For Wisdom program and help make a difference in the community.”
The application period for the Wisdom For Wisdom program is open until May 7, 2020. To apply, students will watch a video about the wisdom teeth removal procedure, take a short quiz, and submit a 250-word essay about what they learned. Students can apply by visiting: https://www.billingsoralsurgery.com/wisdom. Billings Oral Surgery & Dental Implant Center will announce the recipient and update the public on their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/BillingsOralSurgery.
The Yellowstone County COVID-19 Donation Center opened April 3, 2020, in the Sandstone Building at MetraPark. The donation center’s top priority is to help relieve the shortage of critical personal protective equipment (PPE) among healthcare providers. The center will initially be open limited hours to receive donated items. Call ahead to
schedule a drop off time. Phone: 406.208.8154
- N95 Respirators: 1860, 8210, Inovell 3000 and 1870, 1870+, 9210, 9211,
- Surgical masks, including ASTM Levels 1, 2, 3
- Hand sanitizer, 70% alcohol preferred
- Tyvek overalls
- Tyvek hoods
- Face shields
- Thermometers, oral (digital) and no touch
- Goggles (no splash preferred)
- Disinfectants: (Fuzion item # 31478), Caviwipes, Clorox/Lysol disinfecting
- Isolation gowns (Fluid resistant)
If possible, please bring items in original boxes. If that is not possible, bring items in a well-organized sturdy box, labeled with the name and number of each item. Instructions for cash donations will be provided at a later date.
Healthcare Volunteers Needed
In addition to medical supply donations, we are also asking people with expertise in the healthcare field – retired doctors, nurses, social workers, administrators, medical assistants and the like – consider donating their time to our community-wide effort. Please call 406-272-8511 or go to YouCanVolunteer.org to be added to a list of healthcare volunteers.
The Big Sky State Games wants you to know preparation for the 35th Anniversary Big Sky State Games are underway and their staff is currently working remotely and continues to be optimistic. The health and safety of the participants, friends, family members, the community of Billings and Montana is their top priority. Staff is continually monitoring the situation of COVID-19 virus and is hopeful to have the Big Sky State Games in July.
Here are some updates in the meantime:
“Although we are practicing social distancing and shelter in place policies, it is important to BSSG to provide an option to be active. The Big Sky State Games in conjunction with Shape Up Montana introduced a Virtual 5k challenge this year (participants in Shape Up Montana are automatically entered in the Virtual 5k). There is a discount price of $15 for all employees of sponsors. Participants will be mailed a t-shirt, bib and finisher medal. Check out https://shapeupmontana.org/ for more information.
“Big Sky Fit Kids program currently has a FREE 5210 challenge for youth grades K-5. The 5210 challenge consists of kids eating 5 servings of fruits and vegetables per day, limiting leisure screen time to 2 hours or less, completing 1 hour of physical activity, and drinking 0 sugary beverages per day for a whole week. The dates of the 5210 program have been extended to any Monday-Friday between now and May 1. All successful challengers will be entered into a random drawing to win a new bike and helmet. More information is available at http://bigskyfitkids.org/.”
Gainan’s Flowers takes flowers to various local organizations as an incentive to “Keep Up the Good Work”
With all of the changes and uncertainty right now as a result of COVID-19, Gainan’s Flowers wanted to add a bright spot by delivering flowers free of charge to employees of different community organizations. Kristen Gainan-Sparboe and other members of the flower design department, took buckets of flowers, containing hundreds of varieties of bright fresh flowers, around to different community organizations in an effort to spread good cheer and let them know how important they are to our community. The signs on the flowers reads “We’re all in this Together. We’re here to Brighten your Day with an incentive to keep going from Gainan’s Flowers!”
“We just want the employees in the healthcare industry who are on the line for us & for our community to know that we are all in this together, and give a bright spot in their day and hopefully an incentive to keep up the good work”, says Kristen Gainan, owner & operator Gainan’s Flowers, Design & Delivery.
They are planning to go to as many local hospitals as will let them in. Today they went to Billings Clinic, St. Vincent Healthcare, & Riverstone Health. Tomorrow they will be out spreading encouragement again & hope to get to places like Community Crisis Center, The Hub, Tumbleweed & more.
Gainan’s is currently remaining open because they know how important people’s birthdays and anniversaries are, and that flowers may be one of the only ways to reach out and brighten someone’s day right now. Order at gainans.com for pick-up or delivery, call 406.245.6434 or stop by either Gainan’s location:
- Gainan’s Midtown Flowers 17th & Grand
- Heights Flowers & Garden 810 Bench Blvd
Contact Info: Jim Gainan, President of Gainan’s Flowers
Western Security Bank is making changes in order to promote social distancing. Their lobbies will be closed beginning Friday, March 20, and remain closed until further notice. Their drive-up facilities will remain open during regular drive-up banking hours.
Customers will continue to have access to their accounts. If your immediate needs require you to to meet with a banker, lender or other Western Security Bank team member, they will be accepting appointments. Our branch telephone numbers are listed at the end of this communication for your convenience.
Additionally, customers will continue to have access to a full array of other methods to access their accounts including:· Drive – Up Banking (Open during regular business hours)
- ATM machines
- Online and Mobile Banking including Bill Pay, Remote Check Deposit, Transfers and More! Call today to enroll!
- Online Account Opening @ www.westernsecuritybank.com
- 24 Hour In-Touch Telephone Banking (Dial 406.238.8877 or 866.983.5537 outside of the area)
- Customer Service Support at the branch of your choice during regular banking hours.
They are Honored to Lend a Hand. Western Security Bank understands that this can be a stressful and anxious time and they’re here to help. If a customer has become financially impacted by coronavirus and needs support, please contact them so they can work on ways to assist. Reach out directly by calling 406.371.8200 Monday through Friday from 8 AM to 5 PM.
Western Security Bank takes the health and safety of our customers seriously. We will continue to keep you informed via our website regarding the impact of COVID-19 on banking operations as the situation changes.
Lobby Phone Numbers for Appointments
Downtown – 406.371.8200
Grand Avenue – 406.238.8800
King Avenue – 406.238.8150
Laurel – 406.628.8676
Lockwood – 406.247.8430
Western Center – 406.371.8320
Wicks – 406.238.8880