Bozeman Tech Company Provides $100,000 to Improve Crisis Intervention Efforts in Montana
Wisetail Works Launched to Support Social, Economic and Environmental Projects in Montana
(Bozeman, Mont.) – Bozeman technology firm, Wisetail, announced a $100,000 grant to Montana’s Crisis Intervention Team while launching the company’s new social, economic and environmental giving arm “Wisetail Works.”
Montana-native Justin Bigart bucked the Silicon Valley tech startup culture by building Wisetail without venture capital, dedicated to being an independent, profitable and self-funded company. Since its inception in 2008, Wisetail has grown 100% per year with more than 1 million users and counting.
“We believe we are successful at Wisetail because we are located in Montana and our goal with Wisetail Works is to give back to the social, environmental and economic development causes that make Montana so special,” said Justin Bigart, Wisetail CEO and Founder. “Wisetail Works is proud to power Montana’s Crisis Intervention Team and its life-saving work to make Montana an even safer and more connected community.”
CIT Montana is an umbrella group that coordinates CIT training and development across the state. CIT programs are local initiatives built on strong partnerships between law enforcement, mental health providers, and individuals and families affected by mental illness. The CIT system attempts to divert mentally-ill individuals from the Montana State Hospital and the criminal justice system when possible and safe, and instead connect them to appropriate local mental health services that allow them to stay in their communities. Gallatin County Sheriff’s Sgt. Jim Anderson, executive director of CIT Montana, says the $100,000 Wisetail Works grant will boost the program’s ability to train members and to share information quickly.
“We’re grateful for this potentially life-saving grant from Wisetail. Wisetail’s unique learning management system will improve our efforts to respond to crisis situations in Montana by making sure everyone with the ability to help is on the same page. Wisetail is the perfect fit to bolster CIT Montana’s efforts to educate community partners effectively and simply,” said Anderson.
CIT Montana will use Wisetail’s eLearning software to educate local crisis intervention teams with mental health care courses, de-escalation techniques and best practices in handling a wide variety of crisis situations. The Wisetail Works partnership will also allow CIT Montana to implement a leading edge information sharing system to better connect members during a crisis situation. Housed at the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office, CIT Montana has established local crisis intervention teams in Gallatin, Yellowstone, Lewis & Clark, Ravalli and Butte-Silver Bow Counties. Missoula, Flathead, Lincoln, Sanders, Fergus Counties and Yellowstone National Park are currently looking in to setting up their own local crisis intervention teams through CIT Montana.
“Wisetail Works applauds CIT Montana’s innovative approach to reducing the stigma of mental illness while coming up with thoughtful solutions to ensure our neighbors in crisis get the help they need,” said Bigart. “Wisetail Works is looking forward to additional partnerships to improve Montana’s social, economic and environmental outlook.”
Wisetail Media Relations, Kathy Weber
CIT Montana Executive Director, Sgt. Jim Anderson