Safe Kids Cascade County

FAMILY HEALTH SERVICES MESSAGE:

Due to COVID-19 the following precautionary measures are being taken to prevent unnecessary exposure for staff and families we serve:

  • WIC:  All WIC offices are closing to the public. If you currently have an appointment scheduled, the WIC clinic staff will be contacting you to complete it over the phone. You will continue to receive and be able to use your benefits as long as your certification is active. Contact your local WIC clinic for remote service, or call the State Office at 1-800-433-4298 for assistance. The State Office will also be available by email at montanawicprogram@mt.gov.  
  • Home Visiting (Parents as Teachers, First Year Initiative, SafeCare, Montana Asthma Program): Home visiting staff will be doing all home visits by phone or video conferencing depending on the guidance of each program. Home visitors will contact current and newly referred clients individually to schedule remote appointment times. It is our goal to continue to provide as many of our families as possible with the resources they need, so please call us at 406-454-6950 with questions or concerns.
  • Car Seat Program: We will not provide car seats or car seat checkups until further notice. 
  • Parenting Classes: All parenting classes have been temporarily cancelled. Current participants will be notified once classes resume. 
  • CONNECT Referral System: Onboarding will continue; however, in-person training and meetings are cancelled. Trainings will take place remotely.
  • Foster Child Health Program: Nurses will not provide in-person visits to foster parents, but will remain in contact as necessary.

Please call us at 406-454-6950 with questions or concerns.

Safe Kids Cascade County & Buckle Up Montana

The Safe Kids Cascade County coalition works to prevent unintentional injury and death. Our main focus is on occupant protection, including the proper use of car seats and seat belts.

Coalition members include representatives from the school district, health care, law enforcement, businesses and other community agencies and members. The coalition meets quarterly. If you are interested in joining the coalition or learning more, please call Mary Kay at 454-5072.

Cascade County Statistics
2016
Total number of motor vehicle crashes
Total number of motor vehicle crashes – serious injury
Total number of motor vehicle crashes – fatalities                     
4604
34
12
(8 not wearing seat belts)
2015
Total number of motor vehicle crashes
Total number of motor vehicle crashes- serious injury
Total number of motor vehicle crashes – fatalities
4598
29
9
(6 not wearing seat belts)

Although observed safety belt use in Montana is just under 80%, if between 87% and 94% of Montanans used seatbelts, it is estimated that an additional 20-30 lives would be saved each year. That number increases to 75 additional lives if seatbelt use were 100%. It’s simple: increased seatbelt use results in fewer injuries and deaths.

By law, in Montana ALL children up to 6 years old AND up to 60 pounds have to use a car seat or booster seat. Larger children should also be in boosters until they are around 4 ft. 9 in. tall. At times, there may be car seats and booster seats available for free or reduced cost. Call Mary Kay at 454-5072 for more information.

To learn more about how seatbelts save lives, visit www.buckleup.mt.gov.

Become a certified Child Passenger Safety Technician today.  Trainings available: Go to the National CPS Certification website or call 454-5072 for more information.

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