The COVID-19 pandemic is elevating the deficiencies in our child protection system. Investing in proactive and preventive measures is the most effective strategy to support healthy, functioning families and reduce child maltreatment.
During COVID, Medicaid provided an important safety net to thousands of laid-off workers. Without it, thousands of Montana workers would have faced a dual tragedy of losing their jobs and their health care.
Our previous blog, Tribal Sovereignty During COVID-19, covered the actions tribal nations have taken in reservations across Montana to protect public health and prevent the spread of COVID-19. While Montana has moved closer to reopening, tribal nations have continued to prioritize public health through measures that include extended stay-at-home orders and travel checkpoints.
Tribal nations are now faced with an increase of coronavirus cases on their reservations because surrounding areas and travelers have not adhered to the same measures.
There are almost 229,000 children under 18 that call Montana home.
This spring, millions of Americans automatically received Economic Impact Payments (EIP) to help relieve the hardships caused by the coronavirus public health emergency. Taxpayers who had filed taxes in 2018 or 2019 received their payments automatically either through direct deposit or a check in the mail. An estimated 25,000 Montanans, however, live in households who are not required to file taxes due to their low incomes. These individuals are those at most at risk of not receiving their payments.
Montana children will have access to a supplemental nutrition program that will help address food insecurity caused by the sudden closure of schools in March.
Montana went into this pandemic with inadequate support for the child care industry and the state is at a crossroads. Montana lawmakers can decide to improve the long-standing issues with our child care system, supporting families and workers, or ignore the realities of this pandemic, leaving families without care for the foreseeable future and further weakening our economy.
Montana has a tremendous opportunity to create the change the state has always needed. Without action, the coronavirus could take a serious toll on Indian Country and Montana. This report outlines why the state must target its response in Indian Country.
Tribal nations are showcasing leadership during COVID-19 by prioritizing the safety and health of vulnerable populations, tribal citizens, and non-citizens. To fight the spread of COVID-19, many tribal nations have exercised their sovereign right to regulate the movement of peoples on their lands. This includes opening travel check points and shelter-in-place orders.
Despite Montana’s decisions to enter phase two of reopening, some tribal nations have extended stay-at-home orders and continued to implement travel checkpoints to protect their citizens and non-citizen travelers.
This report outlines the $12 billion in funding to Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) programs and activities under the CARES Act.