MONTANA MENTAL HEALTH DIRECTORY

Search for a mental healthcare professional in Montana. Once on the results page, you may adjust your search criteria by pushing the “Search Again” button in the upper left hand corner. If a search does not return any results, try selecting fewer search criteria.

If you are located in an area without a professional, try searching for a provider that is offering telehealth (phone/computer visits) (Offering Virtual Visits = Yes). Please check with your insurance policy to see if telehealth services are covered under your plan.

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PLACE THE BRIGHT APP ON YOUR WEBSITE

Stream The Bright App directly from your website and help your website visitors find a mental healthcare provider in Montana. This service is simple and available at no cost. To get the web-app for your website, simply email info@thebrightapp.org and request The Bright App Implementation code.

In your email please include the following information:

  1. Your website URL
  2. Type of code requested
    1. Weebly
    2. WordPress
    3. Embed
    4. iFrame

THE BRIGHT APP FAQs

The Bright App is a statewide, mobile-friendly web application that houses information on Montana’s mental health counselors and other mental health service providers. The Bright App allows anyone to easily locate mental health providers based on specialty, location and gender. Best of all — The Bright App can be placed on any website with a simple piece of copy and paste code.  The App will be public facing and free to use by all.  The data behind the app will be continually updated with help from Montana’s providers.

Jena Smith started building The Bright App in 2018. As a health workforce researcher and a consumer of mental health services herself, she knew she was well equipped to create a tool to connect Montanan’s with mental health providers. She set out to build a directory that was not only accessible to the public on a single platform, but accessible to all mental health organizations that needed a mental health directory on their website.

Jena’s Story: When I was fresh out of college (MSU Bozeman), my mental health was struggling. When I finally decided to connect with a professional to talk about my struggles, I found it very difficult to locate the right counselor. First of all, I had NO IDEA how to access any type of healthcare. It sounds silly, but hear me out. I grew up in a small town in northern Montana. I received my primary care through a small clinic within a critical access hospital. To me, that meant you go to the hospital to see your doctor. Then, during my years at MSU, I had access to the student health services clinic, that made sense. Okay – now I’m out of college, I’m in a larger town and I do not have access to student health. What do I do? Go to the hospital? That seems odd.

So what do I do when I have no idea where to turn? I go to the urgent care. At the very least they will know where to refer me, right? Wrong. That was not my experience. The urgent care providers knew only of the local mental health center. I was told I would wait for a call. The call never came. I decided to reach out to counselors myself. I made call after call to counselors I found in the phone book. Many were not accepting new clients, some didn’t accept my insurance, it was a very frustrating process for me to find care. It didn’t give up. I finally found the perfect counselor who changed my perspective on life.

Here I am today, an advocate for those seeking mental health services and cheering them on. I hope The Bright App helps consumers to narrow down their options so they don’t have to make as many calls. However, I will say – if you don’t find the right counselor immediately, please keep seeking. The right fit is out there.

As a professional, I hope other organizations find use in the tool and it will keep them from duplicating their efforts.

The Bright App is designed for anyone seeking or referring mental health services in Montana.

For the Public:

  • Patients
  • Parents
  • Caregivers
  • School systems
  • Pre-release centers
  • Detention facility discharge coordinators
  • County jails

For Healthcare Providers:

  • Counselors
  • Nursing homes
  • Public health departments
  • Urgent care facilities
  • Emergency Rooms

For Allies in Mental Health:

  • Organizations that want to provide behavioral health provider data to their peers, website visitors or members