Montana State Alzheimer’s Plan Overview 

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In June 2014, the Montana Alzheimer's Disease/Dementia Work Group was established as a grassroots collaboration with grant funding provided by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI): Improving the Lives of Alzheimers Patients and Their Caregivers: A Patient-Centered Statewide Approach. The Work Group’s membership includes private sector stakeholders and state officials representing the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services, who convene regularly to improve care and support for Montanans living with Alzheimer's disease and other dementia, their families, and caregivers. In December 2016 the Work Group published Montanas Alzheimers and Dementia State Plan: Addressing the Current and Future Needs of Individuals and Families with Alzheimers Disease and Related Dementias.

Montana 2023 Policy Priorities

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Prevent Involuntary Commitment to Psychiatric Hospitals 

The 22,000 Montanans living with dementia deserve to have equal access to quality care in the most appropriate setting. However, some have been involuntarily committed to the state psychiatric hospital due to dementia-related behaviors. These transfers or discharges can be very traumatizing to residents living with dementia, and psychiatric hospitals may not provide the specialized care that people with dementia need. The Alzheimer’s Association is urging state lawmakers to support House Bill 29 to ensure Montanans with dementia are able to reside in the most appropriate setting and are not involuntarily committed to state psychiatric hospitals.


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Establish a Dementia Services Coordinator Position 

Numerous state agencies in Montana are working separately from each other to administer a variety of programs that are critical to Montanans with dementia and their families. This lack of coordination is hindering the ability of Montana to evaluate the effectiveness of policy efforts that serve those living with dementia. The Alzheimer’s Association is calling on state policymakers to establish a full-time Dementia Services Coordinator position within the state government to coordinate the state’s response to dementia. The Dementia Services Coordinator will serve as a liaison between state agencies, the governor, the legislature, and private stakeholders to identify and address inefficiencies within dementia programs and services. With the number of people aged 65 or older in Montana expected to increase by 22.7% in 2025, the Dementia Services Coordinator position is crucial for ensuring the state has a coordinated and effective approach toward addressing Alzheimer’s.

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State Affairs Contact: Claire Marshall

Phone: 406.215.2124



people living with Alzheimer’s in Montana


Montanans are providing unpaid care

$166 Million

Medicaid cost of caring for people living with Alzheimer’s (2020)

24 Million

increase in Alzheimer’s deaths since 2000


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increase of geriatricians in Montana needed to meet the demand in 2050