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The Mental Disabilities Board of Visitors operates a full-time office in Helena and a full-time legal office at Montana State Hospital.

Helena Staff

Mailing Address: P.O. Box 200804, Helena, MT 59620-0804
Office Location: 1205 8th Avenue, Helena, MT 59620 (Map)
Toll-free: 800-332-2272

  • Manage and administer the Mental Disabilities Board of Visitors activities
  • Advocate for the rights of persons with developmental disabilities at Montana Developmental Center
  • Advocate for the rights of persons with mental illnesses receiving services from mental health facilities
  • Respond to consumer requests for assistance
  • Investigate allegations of consumer abuse and neglect
  • Participate in public mental health and developmental disability service system stakeholder activities

Executive Director - Daniel N. Ladd, MPA 

dladd@mt.gov

  • Dan has 10 years of experience working with mental health policy in Montana State government, and another 11 years working in the private sector providing mental health services. 

Advocacy Specialist - Christina Ward

ChristinaWard@mt.gov  406-444-3955

  • Christina has been with the Mental Disabilities Board of Visitors since Sept. 2017 and is the Advocate for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities.

Montana State Hospital Staff

P.O. Box 177, Warm Springs, MT 59756-0177

  • Provide legal representation for patients in involuntary commitment proceedings
  • Represent patients' interests in grievances, involuntary medication reviews, and forensic reviews
  • Assure that patients' legal rights are protected

Craig Fitch - Attorney

cfitch@mt.gov 406-693-7037

  • Craig has been with the Mental Disabilities Board of Visitors since October 15, 2002 and has:
    • 15 years experience working in the mental health field as an attorney for Montana State Hospital patients
    • Peace Corps volunteer in the Philippines from 1994 - 1997
    • 2001 graduate of the University of Montana School of Law

LuWanna Johnson - Paralegal / Advocate

lujohnson@mt.gov 406-693-7035

  • LuWanna has been with the Mental Disabilities Board of Visitors since October 17, 2006 and has:
    • 11years experience working in the mental health field as an advocate for Montana State Hospital patients