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The Mental Health Careers Opportunity Program was defunded in 2006; we don't anticipate being able to write to refund the program any time soon. However, if you believe that this was a valuable and worthwhile program for Montana and Wyoming youth and would like to see it restored, there is something that you can do. Namely, contact your congressmen each year when the budget is being established. You may do so at: and urge them to fully fund and restore HCOP in the Title VII Health Professions Programs budget.


Please click on the following links to contact your Montana Congressmen:

Max Baucus

Jon Tester

Dennis Rehberg

Please click on the following links to contact your Wyoming Congressmen:

John Barrasso

Barbara Cubin

Michael Enzi


The Mental Health Careers Opportunity Program (MHCOP) formally established a consortium consisting of The University of Montana, Central Wyoming Community College, and six of the seven tribal colleges that serve Montana's American Indian reservations. These tribal colleges are:

  • Blackfeet Community College
  • Chief Dull Knife College
  • Fort Belknap College
  • Fort Peck Community College
  • Stone Child College
  • Salish Kootenai College
In partnership with the reservation elementary, secondary, and high schools, and other private and public partners, the consortium's general goal was to provide students from Montana and Wyoming's disadvantaged communities the opportunity to choose mental health careers, and to provide the opportunity to successfully pursue such careers from grade school and high school, through their local tribal or community college and into UM's undergraduate and graduate programs in clinical psychology, social work, or counseling.