Citizen's Advocate


Governor Steve Bullock

Govenor Steve Bullock Welcome to the Montana Citizens' Advocate. This office assists Montanans who have questions about interacting with state executive branch agencies. Learn more about what the Citizens' Advocate can do for you.

Questions and Answers

ABUSE & FRAUD ISSUES

  • I would like to report a child abuse case.

    A. Child Protective Services (Child Abuse Hotline), MT Department of Public Health and Human Services may be reached at http://dphhs.mt.gov/cfsd/index.shtml or by calling (866) 820-5437.
  • I have a child support complaint.

    A. You may reach the MT Department of Public Health and Human Services, Child Support Enforcement at http://www.dphhs.mt.gov/csed/index.shtml or by calling (406) 444-9855.
  • I would like to report elder abuse.

    A. You may reach the MT Department of Public Health and Human Services, Adult Protective Services at http://www.dphhs.mt.gov/sltc/services/APS/index.shtml or by calling (800) 551-1222.
  • I would like to report welfare fraud.

    A. You may reach the MT Department of Public Health and Human Services, Quality Assurance at http://www.dphhs.mt.gov/qad/ or by calling (800) 201-6308.

PUBLIC ASSISTANCE/BENEFITS

PUBLIC HEALTH/MENTAL HEALTH-RELATED ISSUES

  • How do I get the new Medicare Drug Cards?

    A. You may reach the MT Department of Public Health and Human Services, Aging Services at http://www.dphhs.mt.gov/sltc/index.shtml or by calling (406) 444-7870 or 444-7784.
  • I have questions about Medicare Part D.

    A. You may reach the MT Department of Public Health and Human Services, Medicaid Unit at http://www.dphhs.mt.gov/ or by calling (406) 444-2584 or 444-7870.
  • I would like to contact someone regarding general questions about mental health services.

    A. You may reach the MT Department of Public Health and Human Services, at http://www.dphhs.mt.gov/mentalhealth/index.shtml or by calling (406) 444-3964 (adult services) or (406) 444-1290 (childrenís services).
  • I would like to contact someone regarding access to or eligibility for mental health services.

    A. You may reach the Office of the Governor, Mental Health Ombudsman, at http://www.mhombudsman.mt.gov or by calling (406) 444-9669.
  • I have a question, concern or complaint about services provided by a community mental health program, the Montana State Hospital or the Montana Mental Health Nursing Care Center.

    A. You may reach the Office of the Governor, Mental Disabilities Board of Visitors at http://boardofvisitors.mt.gov or by calling (406) 444-3955.
  • I have a question, concern or complaint about services my family member has received or is receiving at the Montana Developmental Center.

    A. You may reach the Office of the Governor, Mental Disabilities Board of Visitors at http://boardofvisitors.mt.gov or by calling (406) 444-3955.

LEGAL AND OTHER REFERRALS

  • What are my civil rights?

    A. You may reach the American Civil Liberties Union at http://www.aclumontana.org/ or by calling (406) 830-3008.
  • I am in need of a Public Defenderís services.

    A. You may reach the Office of the State Public Defender at http://publicdefender.mt.gov/ or by calling (406) 496-6080.
  • I could use some legal advice and a lawyer referral.

    A. You may reach the Montana State Bar Association at http://www.montanabar.org/ or by calling (406) 449-6577.
  • I have questions regarding water rights.

    A. You may reach the MT Department of Natural Resources and Conservation at http://www.dnrc.mt.gov/wrd/default.asp or by calling (406) 444-9050.
  • How do I obtain a pardon?

    A. You may reach the Montana Board of Pardons and Parole at http://www.mt.gov/bopp/ or by calling (406) 846-1404.
  • I am having issues with an institution/prison.

    A. You may reach the MT Department of Corrections at www.cor.mt.gov or by calling (406) 444-3911.
  • I have a complaint against a public official.

    A. You may reach the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) at http://saltlakecity.fbi.gov/ or by calling (866) 502-7423.
  • I would like to be a registered contractor. Who do I contact?

    A. You may reach the MT Department of Labor and Industry, Contractor Registration at http://www.mtcontractor.com or by calling (406) 444-7734.
  • My employer owes me back wages.

    A. You may reach the MT Department of Labor and Industry, Wage and Hour at http://erd.dli.mt.gov/labor-standards/wage-and-hourwage-payment-act.html or by calling (406) 444-5600.
  • I feel I am being discriminated against by my employer.

    A. You may reach the MT Department of Labor and Industry, Human Rights Bureau at http://erd.dli.mt.gov/human-rights-bureau.html or by calling (800) 542-0807.
  • I have a landlord complaint.

    A. You may reach the Montana Landlord Association at http://www.mlaonline.org or by calling (406) 449-1121 or (888) 225-5322.
  • I would like to report a campaign violation.

    A. You may reach the Commissioner of Political Practices at http://politicalpractices.mt.gov/default.mcpx or by calling (406) 444-2942.
  • I have Legislative questions. Who do I contact?

    A. You may reach the MT Legislative Branch, Legislative Services at www.leg.mt.gov/css/default.asp or by calling (406) 444-3064.
  • I have questions regarding Native American or Tribal issues. Who do I contact?

    A. You may reach the Office of Indian Affairs, Governor's Office at http://tribalnations.mt.gov/ or by calling (406) 444-3702.
Any other issues not mentioned, please contact Citizensí Advocate at (406) 444-3468 or (800) 332-2272.