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State budget cuts have ended a partnership between Western Montana Mental Health Center and the Butte Head Start program.

The mental health center has provided mental health services to Head Start kids and families for the past two years but because of the cuts has given the Head Start 60 days’ notice that it will not be able to continue.

“As you know, Montana DPHHS has cut our funding dramatically, and we expect additional cuts within the next few months. With these cuts, we can no longer provide services to Head Start,” the center said in a press release.

Western Mental Health Center said in the press release that during the transition period it would “offer kids and families support through our therapists in the Children’s Outpatient Center. Two therapists will be available to continue working with Head Start children.”

WMMHC said it would continue to have a Kids Care coordinator and will be “looking closely at the kids in Head Start to see who needs additional support.”

Messages were left with both the mental health center and Butte Head Start.

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