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Note from our CEO


Ready or not, fall is here!


After talking about it and building the excitement for months, we held our charity golf scramble at the Missoula Country Club last week. 80 degrees and sunshine made it hard to believe it was a fall day, but we couldn’t have dreamt up a more perfect day to bring together old and new friends to have fun and raise a few dollars to support our mission. It was the first time we have held an event of this nature in Missoula and Missoula did not disappoint. Thank you to all who made the day a success. I am already looking forward to hitting the course with you again next fall.


Another event that we have been hard at work on is right around the corner. In keeping with AWARE’s principles, and in particular, to be agents of change and offer the highest quality of care, AWARE will hold its first Clinical Leadership Summit, INSPIRE MONTANA: Great Minds – Big Impact, on October 12 and 13, 2022, at the Great Northern Hotel in Helena, Montana. This summit is open to the public and I invite you and your team to join us for two days of inspiration, learning and networking. We have an incredible lineup of speakers for both keynote and breakout sessions. I hope to see you there.


Fall always seems to bring about change and new beginnings. As mentioned in earlier issues of INK, things are underway and going well at the Center for Excellence and the transition to a private school. I am amazed by the work our team has done to make this a reality and the best possible learning experience for students in our care. Later in this issue of INK you can read more about the change and AWARE’s candidacy for accreditation. I am excited for the future of AWARE’s Center for Excellence and the impact it will have on children we serve.

Like seasons, AWARE is always changing. As we gear up for the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, I challenge you to take a few moments to reflect on the first nine months of 2022 and set intentional and achievable goals for the remainder of 2022.


As we enter this next chapter that includes an election, I once again encourage and ask that you advocate for behavioral health in Montana. A report on provider rates performed by a contractor selected by our state’s executive branch recommends significant rate increases for these supports. Behavioral health is at a crossroads and without improved funding, this important piece of the behavioral health system of care will be on the brink of collapse. I am passionate about advocacy for the work we do. If you have questions about how you can effectively advocate, please feel free to reach out to me.


As always, thank you for taking the time to read my quick update. This is another great issue of INK – and these stories wouldn’t be possible without you.


Warm regards,

Matt Bugni

AWARE CEO

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