Montana DPHHS opens ‘Faith and Community Services’ office
The successful merger of church and state occurred in Montana with the opening of the office of “Faith and Community Services” within the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services.
KGVO reached out to Tracy Moseman, faith and community services coordinator, for more details.
“This new office was created earlier this year, really to increase communication and coordination between the department and faith-based and community organizations across the state,” Moseman said. “He really serves as a liaison and entry point for faith-based and community organizations to call and contact with questions or in need of resources or support.”
Moseman said the state of Montana recognizes that every Montana citizen has a spiritual dimension to their health.
“We know the best practice in health thinking is that spirituality is a component of health,” she said. Because it is true that we have emotional health, mental health, physical health and spiritual health is also a component. We also know that faith-based organizations across the state provide support to their congregations and members in all areas of health, and so it is very important to ensure that they have the tools and resources of the department of health they need to be able to serve the Montanese in their community using best practices.
Moseman said Montanans with physical and emotional challenges often turn to their pastors and spiritual advisors for help.
“In the listening that we did, we know that especially in rural Montana, but even in places like Helena and Missoula, religious leaders are often the social workers or quasi-social workers not only for their congregation, but sometimes for the whole community,” she says. “Nationally, we know that one in four people will go to their religious leader before seeking professional mental health and addictions help.”
Moseman said faith leaders will gladly and gratefully accept any professional help they can receive from Montana’s DPHHS.
“But it’s really critical that faith leaders and community leaders who have boots on the ground and are serving in that capacity, have access to resources and support so that they can support people in their communities as they go. present with issues such as substance abuse, domestic violence, mental health, things like that. she says.
Click here for information on how to contact the Montana DPHHS Office of Faith and Community Services.
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