Matt Kuntz, J.D.

Matt Kuntz, J.D.
Nominated by NAMI Montana
Member, NAMI Helena
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Specific Strengths and Attributes:

  • Diversity of age, race, ethnicity, language, experience and national geography
  • Knowledge of the philanthropic community and track record with donor cultivation
  • Experience with a variety of revenue models and financial oversight and management
  • Health care/medicine especially in team-based practice that provides integrated physical and mental health care
  • Criminal Justice experience, professional and/or lived, to provide insight into one of the central platforms of the NAMI 2020-2025 Strategic Plan

Job Title or Position:

  • Executive Director, NAMI Montana

NAMI Programs:

  • NAMI Advocacy; NAMIWalks

Other Board Service:

  • Member, Board of Directors, Uganda Rural Fund, 2006-2016
  • Member, Board of Directors, Rocky Mountain Development Council, 2009-2012

Public Service:

  • United States Military Academy
    Infantry Officer, 2 years (peacetime

Relationship to Mental Health:

  • Individual with first-person experience of mental health condition; Family member or direct/front-line support of someone with a mental health condition; Non-Profit Advocate.

I have served NAMI Montana as Executive Director since the summer of 2008. I am a veteran from the Rocky Mountain West and have a set of experiences based upon that background that is different than other board members. As a state NAMI Executive Director, I have proven to be effective in engaging with a broad variety of different areas. In a regular day in our office, I will help a mother advocate for her son in the criminal justice system; co-lead a youth suicide prevention initiative; and advise Senate Veterans Affairs Committee staff on necessary statutory changes.

Since 2008, NAMI Montana has dramatically diversified our revenue sources. We have continued to build our NAMIWalk but have also added regular foundation funding and outside events. We created an endowment and had a leadership role in a major funded study on bipolar disorder funded by the Patient-Centered Outcome Research Institute.

I have successfully advocated for the development of a forensic hospital in Montana to divert offenders with serious mental illness from the prison and altered alter the makeup on the Montana Parole Board to require it to include professionals with mental health expertise.

I have taken national roles in veterans mental health through the Creating Options for Veterans' Expedited Recovery (COVER) Commission and the Veterans Administration’s National Research Advisory Council.

My efforts as NAMI Montana Executive Director have been recognized by President Obama, USA Today, Newsweek, People Magazine, Major League Baseball, and the Chronicle of Philanthropy.

I have personally helped advance the NAMI mission in my community by Helping turn our state NAMI affiliate into a very powerful player in our state’s mental illness treatment system. We have led multiple successful advocacy efforts, including updating Montana’s Mental Health Parity Act. We helped create the Center for Mental Health Research and Recovery at Montana State University which has brough critical suicide prevention research to Montana. We also helped advocate for the development of a Psychiatrist Residency program in Montana which will be critical to addressing our state’s clinician shortage. We have become a thriving presence on social media and have even developed our own inpatient treatment center review website.

I work well in coordination with other leaders to accomplish goals as evidenced by leading efforts to pass the Deployment Health Assessment Act of 2009 through Congress to ensure that the military screens and effectively cares for service members with mental health conditions. I have helped write the Commander John Scott Hannon Act (named after a NAMI Montana volunteer) which is poised to be one of the largest Congressional actions on veterans mental health. Additionally, I assisted in establishing the Center for Mental Illness Research and Recovery at Montana State University. I served as co-investigator of Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute-funded project to review treatment for bipolar disorder through the analysis of over a million electronic health records.

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