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Interviews

*Opinions expressed in these interviews are those of the contributors and do not necessarily reflect the views, official policies, or positions of Rimrock.

 

Along with interviews on current events and Rimrock’s community involvement, Rimrock will be featured on KTVQ’s “Montana Matters” segment and the Big J show several times this year. We are excited to be able to share in-depth information on upcoming events and our services with you through these segments!

As part of our partnership with Radio Billings and the Big J Show, members of Rimrock’s staff will visit the station each month for a live on-air interview. We’d love to have you listen in! And, if you have any topics you’d like us to discuss or questions you’d like us to answer on-air, message us through Facebook @RimrockFoundation.

The Big J Show, October 20, 2020 — “Integrated Behavioral Health, Mental Health, and COVID-19 Updates”

Montana Public Radio, October 9, 2020 — “Uncertainty Swirls Around Marijuana Legalization In Montana”

As voters next month decide if Montana should become the latest state to legalize the use and sale of recreational marijuana, Rimrock CEO, Lenette Kosovich, offers her thoughts regarding Initiative 190 in an interview with Montana Public Radio.

The Big J Show, September 15, 2020 — “National Recovery Month”

August 24, 2020

In our latest KTVQ Montana Matters interview with Dianne Parker, Dr. Malcolm Horn, Rimrock’s Director of Mental Health Services, discusses anxiety, as well as coping techniques for those affected by stressors related to COVID-19, including job security, the economy and going back to school.

The Big J Show, August 18, 2020 — “Anxiety: Why We Get It and How To Cope”

The Big J Show, July 21, 2020 — “Current Impacts on Mental Health & SUD, and Coping With the Unknown”

 

July 15, 2020

Rimrock CEO Lenette Kosovich is featured in an article published by Politico covering the spike in opioid overdoses in 2019. Acting as an advocate for Montanans, Lenette calls attention to the even greater uptick in methamphetamine use in our area and the need for all addiction-related overdoses to be addressed. According to CDC data, Montana saw a 19% increase in drug overdose deaths last year — an issue that Rimrock is committed to keeping our legislators focused on.​

The Big J Show, June 16, 2020 — “Telehealth & Rimrock’s Preparations for Phases 2 and 3 of Montana’s Reopening: Part 2”

 

May 16, 2020

Our Chief Nursing Officer, Christi Beals, was recently featured on Q2 News, where she discussed Rimrock’s widened reach using tele-medicine, and both the benefits and challenges that virtual treatment has.

 

The Big J Show, May 12, 2020— “Telehealth & Rimrock’s Preparations for Phases 2 and 3 of Montana’s Reopening: Part 1”

May 1, 2020

Rimrock CEO Lenette Kosovich and Dr. Malcolm Horn, Director of Special Services, recently spoke with Montana Free Press about the ways the physical distancing requirements brought about by COVID-19 have affected their operations. Rimrock has made a significant investment in a telecommunications infrastructure and training to allow providers to continue to treat patients through telehealth. While Rimrock’s leadership is in the process of developing a plan to safely return to face-to-face treatment, this investment will allow Rimrock to continue to treat patients in the event of future restrictions as well as expand their services to a rural and remote audience. Regardless of how it’s delivered, treatment that creates a connection with others will continue to be an important part of addiction recovery plans.

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The Big J Show, April 21, 2020 — “Partnership with Eastern Montana Community Mental Health Center & Coping with COVID-19”

 

April 6, 2020

In this recent Billings Gazette article, our CEO, Lenette Kosovich, discusses the changes taking place at Rimrock during the COVID-19 outbreak to adhere to physical distancing guidelines, while still being an available resource and ready to help those struggling with anxiety, addiction or mental health in our community.

April 2, 2020

Montana PBS has aired their second installment of the series “Answering Questions About Coronavirus” featuring Rimrock Chief Operating Officer Coralee Schmitz and U.S. Senator Jon Tester as well as other Montana medical and business leaders. The effects on Montana’s vulnerable populations, including those with substance use and mental health challenges, and how they are coping with the pandemic is discussed as well as the challenges Montana’s rural hospitals are facing.

March 30, 2020

In our latest KTVQ Montana Matters interview with Dianne Parker, we cover different methods to help everyone cope with the changes the Coronavirus has brought to all of our lives. We discuss anxiety and other mental health issues and how to ask for help if you’re feeling overwhelmed. We also talk about substance use issues and ways to maintain your recovery during this time.

March 23, 2020

Rimrock’s Chief Nursing Officer and Senior Director of Admissions/Inpatient Services Christi Beals, RN, MBA, was recently featured on KTVQ’s Montana Matters to discuss Alcohol – the Forgotten Addiction. Alcohol continues to be the number one addiction we treat at Rimrock, and the we have several different treatment options available to help those struggling work towards their recovery.

 

The Big J Show, March 17, 2020 — “Mental Health, Addiction & COVID-19”

The Big J Show, February 18, 2020 — “Alcohol, The Forgotten Addiction”

The Big J Show, January 21, 2020 — “State of Substance Use Disorder & Mental Illness Treatment”

The Big J Show, December 17, 2019 — “Navigating the Holidays in Recovery”

The Big J Show, November 19, 2019 — “Mental Health Services Offered at Rimrock”

 

October 26, 2019

National Drug Prescription Take Back Day is hosted by the Drug Enforcement Administration twice per year to help people properly dispose of any unused or expired prescription drugs. Unused or expired prescription medications are a public safety issue, leading to potential accidental poisoning, misuse, and overdose.

The Big J Show, October 15 — “Dr. Malcolm — Addiction & The Brain”

News Talk 730 KYYA, September 25 — “Rimrock Symposium”

The Big J Show, September 17 — “Recovery Month & Rimrock Symposium”

The Big J Show, September 10 — “Angela Kennecke’s Story”

September 9, 2019 (re-airing from May 16)

Michelle Pinnow, Director of Adolescent Services, discusses current trends in adolescent use, what parents should watch for if they suspect their child is using, how adolescent treatment differs from adult treatment, and more.

July 29, 2019

Our CEO, Lenette Kosovich, and our Director of Development, Cathy Cullen, did a Walk Thru at Desert Mountain Broadcasting to discuss this year’s upcoming Pump N Run for Recovery, our signature fun run to raise money to provide recreational opportunities for our patients to help them develop healthy habits for life.

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July 1, 2019

Our Chief Operating Officer Coralee Schmitz is a featured expert in this quarter’s issue of the Billings Chamber LiNK. The cover story focuses on how Billings’ businesses can unite against meth. We’re grateful to Coralee for sharing her knowledge and helping educate others on this important issue affecting our community.

June 26, 2019

Cathy Cullen, Director of Development Services, discusses Rimrock’s upcoming Pump N Run for Recovery at ZooMontana on August 3rd, and how this event helps our community expand and improve the availability of prevention, treatment, and recovery services for those in need.

June 26, 2019

Earlier this month, Vice President Mike Pence and Senator Steve Daines visited Billings to discuss the impact of the meth epidemic devastating our communities and families. Both spent time at Rimrock’s Willow Way, our long-term residential treatment housing for mothers and their children. Mothers struggling with drug abuse told the Vice President and Senator Daines that being able to get treatment with their children at their side is very important in helping them overcome the odds and gives them hope for a way out of this epidemic.

June 12, 2019

On Wednesday, June 12, Vice President Mike Pence visited Billings to discuss substance abuse issues affecting our community and our country. The Vice President addressed the meth epidemic in Montana at Riverstone Health following a meeting with the HIDTA Task Force. The motorcade carrying VP Pence, along with his wife Karen, Senator Steve Daines (R-MT), and Congressman Greg Gianforte (R-MT) also met with some young Montana moms who are living at Rimrock’s Willow Way recovery home in Billings who are recovering from meth addiction. We’d like to thank Aaron Flint of News Talk KBUL 95.5FM 970AM, KULR and KTVQ for covering these events and helping spread awareness of substance abuse and recovery.

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June 10, 2019

Our own Andy Malby shared his experience with methamphetamine addiction and his road to recovery at Rimrock. You can watch his story here.

June 10, 2019

Our CEO Lenette Kosovich discussed Vice President Pence’s visit to Billings this Wednesday and Rimrock’s role in recovery. The Vice President will be meeting with Lenette, regional law enforcement, and community leaders at Riverstone Health to talk about substance abuse in our community.

A Look at Gambling Addiction

Alcohol and drugs aren’t the only sources of addiction in our community. Gambling addiction is also an issue and it is treatable. KTVQ featured our own Dr. Malcolm Horn recently in their story on gambling addiction in Billings. We’re thankful to KTVQ for educating our community on this important issue and to Dr. Malcolm for sharing her expertise as well!

Rimrock’s Advocacy for Mental Health Care and Addiction Treatment

Our CEO Lenette Kosovich was recently featured in the following guest editorial for the Billings Gazette. Lenette serves on the board of the Behavioral Health Alliance of Montana and provided this guest opinion on behalf of the other BHAM board members. We are fortunate to have Lenette leading our team at Rimrock and appreciate the active role she takes in our state advocating for those in need.

May 16, 2019

Michelle Pinnow, Director of Adolescent Services, discusses current trends in adolescent use, what parents should watch for if they suspect their child is using, how adolescent treatment differs from adult treatment, and more.

April 24, 2019

Christi Beals, Chief Nursing Officer and Senior Director of Inpatient Services, discusses prescription drug abuse and the problems it poses in the Billings community.

January 30, 2019

Our first segment of the year features Christi Beals, Chief Nursing Officer and Senior Director of Inpatient Services discussing the use of Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) to help people in their recovery from alcohol and opioid abuse.

The Big J Show, August 20 — ” Adolescent Program & Recovery Month”

The Big J Show, July 16 — “Pump N Run”

The Big J Show, June 18 — “Pump N Run”

The Big J Show, May 21 — “Adolescent Program”

The Big J Show, April 16 — “Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) — Therapy Component”

The Big J Show, February 19 — “Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) — Overview”

The Big J Show, January 22 —”State of the State of Substance Abuse Disorder”

The Big J Show Interview Schedule

Date Time Subject
January 22 8:30am State of the State of Substance Abuse Disorder
February 19 8:30am Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) — Overview
April 16 8:30am Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) — Therapy Component
May 21 8:30am Adolescent Program
June 18 8:30am Pump N Run
July 16 8:30am Pump N Run
August 20 8:30am Adolescent Program & Recovery Month
September 17 8:30am Recovery Month & Rimrock Symposium
October 15 8:30am Dr. Malcolm — Addiction and the Brain
November 19 8:30am Mental Health Services Offered at Rimrock
December 17 8:30am Navigating the Holidays in Recovery

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