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Lewis and Clark traveled through the Helena, Montana area in 1805, as they traveled up the Missouri River. They noted the steep canyon walls and beauty of the area, and named the area spot Gates of the Mountains as the canyons seemed to open up like gates. The largest city park, Mount Helena, has over 630 acres of trails, many of which start at the base of the mountain and wind their way to the peak which is over 1,000 feet above the park. Well maintained hiking and mountain biking trails offer great views of the city and the gulches south of Helena.1 There are also 42 other city parks, including Memorial Park with a large public swimming pool, playground, ice-skating rink and a band shell. Centennial Park is a popular place for soccer and other field sports.
Marriage and Family Mental Health in Helena
Lewis and Clark County offers free parenting education courses on common topics of concern for parents of children under the age of five. Of particular focus are prenatal and postnatal issues such as breastfeeding, child development, bonding with a newborn, and effective parenting skills for managing a child's negative behaviors. Weekly parenting support groups are offered as well, and include free childcare. Contact the county Health Department at 406-457-8921 for additional information.2
Various agencies in Helena strive to look out for the best interests of the city's children. Court Appointed Special Advocates is a non-profit organization that provides abused and neglected children with a caring adult who advocates on their behalf in court proceedings. CASA workers also find safe housing, gather resources and find appropriate aftercare services, and speak for the city's most vulnerable children when they do not have a voice. Further details about CASA's programs is available by calling 406-457-0797.3
Families that include a child with a mental health issue can receive school-based services from Intermountain. As part of their program of care, Intermountain offers individual and group based behavioral and emotional support for children aged 5-18. The agency also provides crisis intervention services should a child have an emergency while at school. If needed, services can be provided in a child's home as well as on non-school days throughout the year. To learn more, call 406-457-4797.4
Family Services and Assistance Programs
The Rocky Mountain Development Council provides various assistance programs to needy families in the Bozeman region. Serving children, teenagers, adults, and the elderly, the agency seeks to ease the strain of financial difficulty, educational problems, and mental health concerns. Senior programs seek to help older adults maintain their independence and self-sufficiency with dignity. For children, the agency works with Head Start to ensure kids have the emotional, social, and academic support they need to thrive in school. Nutritional programs and energy assistance stipends round out the types of assistance offered to families. More information is available by calling 406-447-1680.5
1. Montana Visitors Bureau. (2014). Mount Helena City Park.
Retrieved from http://visitmt.com/listing/categories_NET/MoreInfo.aspx?IDRRecordId=11552&SiteId=1
2. Lewis and Clark County. (2014). Pregnancy and Parenting Support.
Retrieved from http://www.lccountymt.gov/health/healthy-lifestyle/pregnancy-parenting.html
3. Court Appointed Special Advocates. (2013). About.
Retrieved from http://www.helenacasas.org/About%20CASA/about_main.asp
4. Intermountain. (2014). School Based Services.
Retrieved from http://www.intermountain.org/community-services/school-based-services/
5. Rocky Mountain Development Council. (2014). Homepage.
Retrieved from http://rmdc.net/
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