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Dennis Nyland - Mental Health Ombudsman

Dennis was appointed to the post of Mental Health Ombudsman in 2014.  Dennis served in the U.S. Navy, works as an EMT for St. Peter’s Ambulance Service and was in law enforcement for many years.  During his time in law enforcement, he was instrumental in bringing the Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) to the State of Montana.  Dennis was very involved in numerous CIT trainings, assisting in training many law enforcement officers regarding mental illness and in the deescalating skills required in crisis situations.  Dennis has a passion for individuals with mental illness and is very excited to be in the position of the Mental Health Ombudsman.

Christina Ward - Mental Health Services Specialist

A Billings native, Christina and her family made Helena their home in 2015 when she joined the Mental Health Ombudsman’s Office.  While working at Yellowstone Boys and Girls Ranch, St. Vincent’s Behavioral Health, and Montana Psychiatry, Christina’s passion for Mental Health advocacy has always been her focus.  Christina has assisted numerous families in finding appropriate mental health services for their loved ones as well as for themselves and she is excited at the privilege to continue serving the State of Montana.

Contact information:

The Ombudsman office is open Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Dennis: 406-444-9669

Christina: 406-444-9661

Toll Free Telephone: 888-444-9669
Fax: 406-444-3543

P.O. Box 200804
Helena, MT 59620-0804

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