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explained, with standing committee
structures the object.

The fourth objective is writing a
statewide CHP health plan that
will encompass all counties in
Montana.

Helding has been director of the



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CHP program in western Montana
since last July. So far, working or-
ganizations have been established
in Lake, Ravalli and Mineral
counties and planning is under way
in Missoula County, Helding ex-
plained.

Missoula Emergency Services for
Health (MESH) is one subsidiary of
the fledgling CHP council in Mix-

the fledgling CHP council in Mis-
soula County.

"Workshops show the same needs
cropping up," Helding said.

In environmental areas, all three
counties expressed desires for bet-
ter sanitation systems.

Committees on education in both
Mineral and Lake counties express-
ed needs for drug and alcohol ab-
use education.

All three counties mentioned a
need for home health care for the
elderly, more mental health serv-
ices and coordination of existing
programs.

Both Ravalli and Lake County
residents indicated a desire for
mental and social cleanup, defini-
tion of moreal problems and the
cleaning up of pornography, Held-
ing said.

"Health care is hard to plan be-
cause it is crisis oriented," Held-
ing said. "Most people don't think
about planning for health care until
they're in trouble."

Helding said lack of revenue is
the biggest reason for inadequate
health services.

"Only &V2 per cent of the land in
Mineral County is taxable," he
said.

One of the goals of CHP is to
help counties find funding sources.

"Revenue sharing is a godsend
to the small counties— they can go
out and get needed services like a
public health nurse," he added.

"Revenue sharing has increased
the responsibilities of the county
commissioner since he is now the
funding source," Helding continued,

"They look to a council like this
to find priorities— they can't be ex-
pert on everything," he added.

Helding said the Johnson admi-
nistration originally had ^ven as-
sistance to state departments of
health for planning groups and that
now the Nixon administration is
advocating an increase.

"Turning power to local people
to control their own destiny— this
is as it should be," he commented.

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Continued from Page Thirteen

One spinoff of CHP organization
is that it is developing a power
base to influence legislation, Held-
explained. Without a power base,
CHP couldn't be an effective force,
he added.

Helding said one of the big needs
in western Montana is the need for
primary care in rural areas. He sug-
gested several methods of getting
medical help for rural areas, includ-
ing subsidies, a draft, enticing doc-
tors with new hospitals, or just
plain love from the community.

"A community will take a doctor
for granted until he leaves. He's on
call 24 hours, seven days a week.
Nobody likes to live that way,"
Helding said.

He said the Medex program in
Eureka is "a means of solution,
but not the ultimate end." The Me-
dex program provides a trained pa-
ramedic to assist a doctor.

"What we are looking for is health
care services in every county,
Helding concluded.



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