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Gov. Gianforte donates salary to One Health Bighorn in Hardin

By: - June 22, 2021 9:13 am

Gov. Gianforte tours substance abuse facility in Hardin, donates first quarter salary. (Provided by the Governor’s Office.)

Gov. Greg Gianforte toured One Health Bighorn last week and contributed his governor’s salary from the first quarter of 2021 to the federally qualified health center in Hardin, according to a news release from the Governor’s Office. One Health Bighorn serves communities in southeast Montana, including providing comprehensive substance use disorder treatment services.

“We face a drug epidemic in our state, and while there’s no silver bullet to end it, we can combat it by promoting treatment and recovery for Montanans struggling with addiction,” Gov. Gianforte said in a statement. “One Health Bighorn’s substance use disorder treatment services transform lives and rebuild families and communities. Given their successful efforts, I’m proud to support their critical mission.”

On the tour, Gov. Gianforte met with providers, patients and staff, and he heard stories about the work providers are doing with fathers and mothers to keep families intact. He heard directly from peer support specialists and providers about the innovative ways they are using Medication-Assisted Treatment to help individuals struggling with addiction. He also learned about how One Health is using telehealth to provide services and about how it is proactively reaching out to the most vulnerable to provide them with needed support.

At the conclusion of the tour, the governor presented his first quarter salary to David Mark, CEO of One Health, the news release said. The contribution will be used to support One Health’s peer support program as well as Medication Assisted Treatment for individuals with opioid and meth use disorders. 

In October 2020, the governor committed to Montanans he would contribute his governor’s salary to nonprofit organizations and charities in the state.

“We’re grateful to Governor Gianforte for the tremendous and thoughtful gift. We will be using this generous donation to support the substance use disorder work we are doing and help those in our community overcome addiction,” Mark said in a statement provided by the Governor’s Office. 

Founded by physician leaders in response to community needs in southeast Montana, One Health, formerly Bighorn Valley Health Center, opened in Hardin in 2012. One Health has satellite offices in Miles City, Glendive, Ashland and Chinook.

One Health provides a full continuum of federally qualified health care services, Medication-Assisted Treatment, outpatient substance use disorder treatment services, and mental health services in an integrated behavioral health framework.

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