Mental Disabilities Board of Visitors

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

  • 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 - Jeremy Hoscheid

jeremy.hoscheid@mt.gov 406-444-5278

      • Jeremy has been with the Mental Disabilities Board of Visitors since June 21, 2021 and has:

    • 10+ years experience working in the mental health field in both community and residential based settings
    • 2003 graduate of the University of Montana-Western (Bachelors – Business Administration)
    • 2017 graduate of Montana State University-Billings (Masters – Health Administration)

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
  • Ensure 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:
    • 17 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
Vera Haffey - Paralegal Assistant / Advocate

vera.haffey2@mt.gov 406-693-7035

  • Vera has advocated for patients at Montana State Hospital since 2017, and has:
    • a background in small business and journalism, and previously worked for The Montana Standard and other news publications as a graphic designer, reporter and photographer. She is also a freelance writer.
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