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AWARE Ink Newsletter

AWARE awarded community health excellence grant


December 21, 2021


Brynn Molloy

AWARE Director of Development & Marketing


ANACONDA, MT –AWARE has been awarded a $78,300 grant from the PacificSource Health Plan Community Health Excellence (CHE) grants program to enhance family health and well-being through provider development and training.

AWARE, a statewide nonprofit organization that offers quality, community-based support for people with mental health and/or developmental disabilities, will use the grant funding to partner with MDFT International, Inc. to be the first organization to bring the Multidimensional Family Therapy model to Montana.

“Because of these funds, AWARE is in a unique position to bring a new family-focused therapy to Montana while developing the workforce. We are grateful to PacificSource for providing this opportunity and humbled to be selected to receive Community Health Excellence grant funding,” AWARE CEO Matt Bugni said.

Multidimensional Family Therapy will allow AWARE clinicians to provide evidence-supported family engagement and trauma-informed family treatment interventions to currently underserved populations across Montana. AWARE seeks certification as an agency to maintain clinician certification and fidelity to the model through an intensive multi-year process. MDFT outcomes include transformative change for individuals and families and interventions specific to substance use. MDFT is also a supported practice on the Title IV Prevention Services Clearinghouse, creating an opportunity for AWARE to continue to support the implementation of Family First legislation in Montana. This new provision of care will be implemented in AWARE’s school-based services, residential services and will be a primary therapy used in AWARE’s new FACT model of care.

AWARE was awarded a $4.5 million, two-year grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration to expand preventative and mental health services for youth and families in Montana. FACT services will begin in January 2022. The FACT model will use in-home therapeutic and family support services for youth and their families, whether biological, adoptive or kinship families. AWARE’s FACT teams will be equipped to serve youth and families across Montana. The FACT team’s wraparound approach to care and treatment will facilitate and support stable housing, increased family engagement and increased access to psychiatric support for the most vulnerable people in our state to help minimize or prevent the need for more intensive services.

To learn more or to refer someone to AWARE services, please visit, call 406.563.8117.

About PacificSource Health Plans

PacificSource Health Plans is an independent, not-for-profit community health plan serving the Northwest. Founded in 1933, PacificSource has local offices throughout Oregon, Idaho, Montana and Washington. The PacificSource family of companies employs more than 1,500 people and serves over 523,700 individuals throughout the Greater Northwest. For more information, visit



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