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Montana SOARS: Good Medicine Program

The GOOD MEDICINE PROGRAM provides school based supportive services, Tier 2, case management, and referral services to those students who are being negatively influenced by substance abuse, mental illness, domestic violence, bullying, suicide or other self- Harming behaviors, homelessness, post-traumatic stress, grief and loss, violence, sexual abuse, physical abuse, and cognitive thinking errors and other disorders or deficits, to name a few. We believe in the internal strengths and resilience of our children and their ability to overcome numerous internal and external barriers, if given the proper lifesaving interventions. We work with the whole child and help or assist them in the retuning to a sense of belonging to their ability to overcome numerous internal and external barriers, if given the proper lifesaving interventions. We help or assist our students to returning to a sense of belonging and their ability to live in balance and harmony with the world around them. We are also firm believers that people do not recover or heal in a vacuum and therefore, the family is the most important cornerstone of recovery. Recovery is a family affair, and we provide family counseling and referral services to all members of the family. 

GOOD MEDICINE will roll out the NOBLE referral system, which will connect and improve services to the community. We have many linkages to service providers in our community, county, and state, to assist the student who comes into contact with our program, and who are in need of more specialized forms of treatment or therapy. We work closely with Indian Health Service, Drug and Alcohol service providers and mental health providers, to name a few. As well as with natural helpers and healers found within our culture. 

GOOD MEDICINE is also a participant in the community YOUTH MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID program. This program offers a 2 day training module which provides information, in a non-threatening classroom environment, on how to identify and refer students who may be suffering from mental or emotional disorders, as well as substance abuse issues. 

GOOD MEDICINE Youth Mental Health Specialists are placed in each school to be readily accessible to students and staff. Their hours of work are from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm Monday to Friday, to be of optimal access to students, staff, and parents. We believe in the virtue and ethics of confidentiality and strive to protect these rights to all we serve, unless you are going to harm yourself, are going to harm others, or someone else is harming you. In these cases we will do everything possible to help and assist.  



STAFF CONTACT INFORMATION AND A BRIEF BIO FROM THE TEAM. 
Kimberly Tatsey-McKay, Good Medicine Program Director located in the Browning Middle School
ext: 4922 or 4143
    "Kimberly has received her Masters in Social Work in May 2013. She is currently enrolled in the Masters in Education Counseling program through Montana State University-Northern. Kimberly is placed at the Browning Middle School and enjoys her job. Her enjoyment comes from spending time with her husband and her six children, while residing on the Blackfeet Reservation."   

Daniella Rinehart, Youth Mental Health Specialist located in the Browning Elementary, Vina Chattin and K.W. Bergan       
ext: 4830
        "I have a Bachelor's degree in Sociology from Montana State University, and am working towards a Master's in Counselor Education.  I enjoy the outdoors, snowboarding, hiking, riding horses.  I also enjoy working in a profession where I get to be of assistance to youth and their families.  I am intrigued by society, cultures and the resilient characteristics that people acquire throughout life."  

Chris Lewis, Youth Mental Health Specialist located in the Browning High School, Project Choices and Blackfeet Academy   
ext: 4259 at Browning High School
        "Chris received his Bachelor’s degree from Antioch University Seattle in Liberal Studies with a focus on Social Justice.  He is currently working towards his Master’s Degree in Counseling Education at Montana State Northern.  His areas of interest in the field include trauma informed practices, grief and loss, suicide awareness and prevention, art and wilderness therapy, and resiliency.  When not at Browning High School or Project Choices, Chris can be found skiing, climbing, or running in The Backbone of the World." 
 
Jennifer Ehlers, Youth Mental Health Specialist located in the Browning Napi School
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        "Jennifer Ehlers received her Bachelors Degree from The University of Montana. She is currently enrolled at the Montana State University in the Counselor Education graduate program. Her professional areas of interests are Child, Youth and Family Welfare focus areas.  She is a Youth Mental Health Specialist for the Good Medicine Program operating mainly in the Napi building. Jennifer was born and raised in Browning, Montana and now she is also raising a family of her own of 5 children who are all enrolled Blackfeet tribal members."  

Tessa Racine, Youth Mental Health Specialist located in three schools. Vina Chattin, Napi and the Browning High School.
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TBA, Youth Mental Health Specialist located in the Browning Middle School. 
ext: 4960