Yellowstone/Carbon Counties, Montana

Title: Exploring cross-jurisdictional sharing in Yellowstone and Carbon Counties in Montana

RiverStone Health Department will examine how cross jurisdictional sharing (CJS) could be structured and used to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of public health services by sharing resources, expertise, policy development and infrastructure between a more urban health department and a neighboring rural department. The project will analyze different CJS models with focus on those involving departments of differing size and identify components best fitted to their needs.  The project will also analyze legal and policy issues that would need to be addressed in the preferred CJS model and finally develop a CJS implementation plan.

The $125,000 grant supports CJS exploration and implementation planning involving one county and one city-county health departments serving more than 160,000 people across two neighboring counties.