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*BMVP - Improving Health Services via Equine Therapy
Chinook Horses provides therapy services for adults and children that suffer the primary and secondary effects of mental health issues and substance abuse, including those with addictions to methamphetamines and opioids. Chinook Horses has been serving Billings and surrounding communities since 2016 with equine therapy, and there is a growing need for services. A recent community needs assessment identified mental health and substance abuse as two of the top three health risks to residents. Over 24% and 22% of low-income residents report their health and mental health as either fair or poor respectively. The health status and experience of low-income families is quite different and less favorable than that of residents with higher incomes. Equine therapy is recognized as an effective method of intervention to improve social, emotional, and mental health, with multiple publications supporting effectiveness. Equine therapy assists in the development of assertiveness, emotional awareness, empathy, stress tolerance, flexibility, impulse control, problem-solving skills, self-actualization, independence, self-regard, social responsibility, and interpersonal relationships. Equine therapy also helps break generational cycles of substance abuse, domestic violence, child abuse, criminal activity, and poverty. The majority of individuals served by Chinook Horses are low income and struggle with significant behavioral, social, and emotional difficulties due to disabilities and/or trauma. They depend on equine therapy to learn and reinforce appropriate social skills so they can be successful at home, school, and in the community. This project will help alleviate poverty by connecting people with health and mental health services to help children and adults achieve health and success in school, work, and life.
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Member Duties : Support the healthy future of Montana by helping Chinook Horses increase access to health services for underserved populations! The overall goal of this project is to improve health / mental health services via equine therapy by strengthening financial and community support of services offered for low-income community members at Chinook Horses. This will require fundraising and grant writing; outreach activities designed to engage new clients in therapy; community awareness and engagement activities to gain support for and improve service delivery; evaluation of performance measurement tools; and the enhancement of Chinook Horses’ volunteer advisory board. This project will help alleviate poverty by enhancing the systems by which people in low-income communities connect with and engage in health and mental health services. Children and adults with improved access to services experience better health outcomes and success in school, work, and life.
Program Benefits : Training ,  Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend ,  Living Allowance ,  Childcare assistance if eligible ,  Relocation Allowance ,  Health Coverage* . 
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Terms :
Car recommended ,  Permits working at another job during off hours ,  Permits attendance at school during off hours . 
Service Areas :
Hunger ,  Education ,  Community and Economic Development ,  Housing ,  Neighborhood Revitalization ,  Children/Youth ,  Veterans ,  Health ,  Tribal ,  Community Outreach ,  Homelessness . 
Skills :
Computers/Technology ,  Fund raising/Grant Writing ,  Public Speaking ,  Writing/Editing ,  Community Organization ,  Social Services ,  Leadership ,  General Skills ,  Communications ,  Team Work . 
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*BMVP - Improving Health Services via Equine Therapy

Program Start/End Date
08/15/2022  -   08/14/2023

Work Schedule Full Time

Education level
College graduate

Age Requirement
Minimum:  18    Maximum:  None

Program Locations MONTANA  

Accepting Applications
From  04/01/2022  To  07/15/2022 

Contact Carly Collins
2825 3rd Ave N
Billings   MT   59101

Listing ID 104062