CONNECT Road Show!

Megan Grotzke and Kara Hughes are hitting the road to promote CONNECT and provide training and technical assistance to CONNECT team members across Montana.

If you are interested in learning more or would like to set up a meeting during one of their stops, please email Megan or Kara!

CONNECT Road Show Schedule

Fall 2019

October 15 – Missoula (3/4 day)

October 16 – 17 : MPCA Conference (Helena)

October 21 – Miles City (3/4 day)

October 22 – Sidney (full day)

October 23 – Havre (1/4 day)

October 24 – Havre (1/2 day)

October 25 – Choteau (3/4 day)

October 27 – 29: PacificSource CHE Grantee Presentation (Bend, OR)

October 30 – Helena (full day)

November 1 – Great Falls (1/2 day)

November 6 – Butte (3/4 day)

November 7 – 8: Maternal Mental Health Conference (Butte)

November 12 – Kalispell (1/2 day)

November 13 – Kalispell (full day)

November 14 – Bozeman/Livingston (1/2 day)

November 15 – Bozeman/Livingston (3/4 day)

CONNECT Go-Live Migration Information & Timeline

This message contains critical information for current users of the CONNECT system. Please see below for a detailed timeline and instructions as we migrate and prepare your agencies for go-live. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your local CONNECT team member, or reach out to megan.grotzke@mt.gov.

Thursday 9/19: Access to the CONNECT system will be locked down at the end of the day in order to start running the final migration, combining each of the siloed systems into one statewide database.

Friday 9/20: The CONNECT system will be unavailable during the migration for configuration purposes; CONNECT team members will be working behind the scenes to add each agency’s additional information into the system in order for things to work properly when users log in on Monday.

A copy of the new onboarding form is available here: CONNECT Agency Account Form 20190914 If you have not already provided the information to your team member – please return the form before the end of the day on Friday 9/20.

Current CONNECT users should use a paper Release of Information to capture any necessary referrals on Friday, logging in to send the referrals when the system is back up on Monday. Hard copies can be downloaded from your respective systems through close of business on Thursday, and will be available from your local team member as well as on this website. Please record any referral status updates that happen during the system down time and log them on Monday as well, backdating to reflect the date of the change.

Sat 9/21 – Sun 9/22: System configuration will continue over the weekend, so the system will be unavailable for use.

Monday 9/23: System go-live! All users will have to log in to the new system and sign an MOU as a user, and all agencies will sign a new MOU and review their agency account info that was entered during the system down time; any paper MOUs from Friday should be entered and associated referrals sent out. Referral updates should be entered and backdated to reflect the actual date of status change.

Monday 9/23 – Friday 9/27: User training will be available through a variety of in-person and virtual events – reach out to your local coordinator for details. A quick user guide will be provided on Monday via this blog, so check back for details.

Two virtual training opportunities courtesy of Julie Bir at Lewis & Clark Public Health via Zoom – anyone can click to register for Tuesday, September 24 at 3pm or Thursday, September 26 at 9am.

Watch for another post on Monday morning with further instructions.

 

Montana DPHHS hiring for CONNECT

Montana DPHHS is looking for a full-time CONNECT coordinator to join our team.  Watch for another CONNECT job posting soon!

The CONNECT Electronic Referral System is expanding rapidly, and this job requires exceptional  time management and organizational skills. It’s a fantastic opportunity for someone who is tech-savvy but also loves working with people. Click here to view the job description or to apply now!

CONNECT Partner: The REAL Community Project

CONNECT is partnering with Youth Connections on a new Helena-based project designed to give local faith leaders access to our electronic referral system and get more people connected to necessary services.

The REAL Community Project, or simply REAL, (Referrals, Education, Action, Love) is an initiative to engage faith communities in the Helena area to prevent substance abuse and make the Helena area safer and healthier for kids and families. This will be accomplished through referrals for services, an educational conference providing resources to faith leaders, and a volunteer fair to inform the public about opportunities where they can provide service to the community.

Faith leaders are often trusted and respected by those in their community. They tend to be one of the first places people turn in times of need. By equipping these faith leaders with knowledge about the issues surrounding drugs and alcohol in the community and tangible ways to help prevent substance abuse, Helena can become a safer place for everyone.

To learn more about REAL, visit their website or email Rachel Dober at Rachel@youthconnectionscoalition.org.