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, but demand for services significantly outpaces current
capacity. A recent community needs assessment identifies mental
health and substance abuse as two of the top three health risks to
residents, both of which can be positively affected through equine
therapy. 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. 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. 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. 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. Further help on this page can be found by clicking here.
Member Duties : Support the healthy future of Montana by helping
Chinook Horses increase access to equine therapy for underserved
populations! The overall goal of this project is to increase the
number of individuals with improved access to health / mental
health and addiction treatment services via equine therapy. This
will require fundraising and grant writing; outreach activities
designed to engage new clients in therapy; evaluation of program
analyses tools that help refine and improve service delivery for
low-income beneficiaries; the formalization of partnerships that
will assist with research on the efficacy of Chinook Horses'
services impacting health outcomes; and the enhancement of Chinook
Horses' advisory board.
Program Benefits : Relocation Allowance , Childcare assistance
if eligible , Training , Choice of Education Award or End of
Service Stipend , Health Coverage* , Living Allowance .
Car recommended , Permits working at another job during off
hours , Permits attendance at school during off hours .
Service Areas :
Tribal , Health , Community and Economic Development , Community
Outreach , Homelessness , Housing , Veterans , Children/Youth ,
Neighborhood Revitalization , Hunger , Education .
Social Services , Fund raising/Grant Writing , General Skills ,
Writing/Editing , Communications , Leadership , Counseling , Team
Work , Computers/Technology , Public Speaking .