The Montana Warmline is a free, confidential service staffed by individuals with live experience and understanding of behavioral health needs. Due to the increased number of calls, the service will be expanding its hours of operation to 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday - Friday and from 12 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. The Warmline also added a chat function to its website and created an online, peer-led anxiety support group. The Warmline is available at 877-688-3377
The CDC has released re-opening guidance for cleaning and disinfecting public spaces, workplaces, businesses, schools and homes. Read the information here.
An email from Director John Lewis:
Fellow State of Montana Employees:
The recently passed Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) requires the State to provide employees with paid sick leave (PSL) or expanded family and medical leave (E-FMLA) for specified reasons related to COVID-19. The FFCRA does not require employers to provide full pay for all PSL and E-FMLA leave. However, State employees will be provided full pay for all PSL and E-FMLA leave reasons.
Please review the Families First Coronavirus Response Act Policy for details about the State’s implementation of the FFCRA. You should also review the FFCRA FAQs for additional explanation of the FFCRA and the paid leave available to you during the COVID-19 emergency.
State employees are expected to continue working when able. Agency management should encourage and allow remote work whenever possible and allow for flexible work schedules to assist employees with balancing work and personal needs.
Please direct questions about this policy or about other work arrangements to your agency human resources staff or agency management.
Per the U.S. General Services Administration, the need and extent of cleaning and disinfecting will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis to assess risk in accordance with CDC guidance. The portion of the facility accessed by the infected individual(s) will be cleaned and disinfected. All environmental cleaning and disinfecting will follow CDC's guidance. Please see document "Agency Office Exposure Guidelines" on what steps to take if an agency has a confirmed case of COVID-19.
An email to State employees sent from Director John Lewis, the attachment can be found in documents below:
Dear State of Montana employees:
Your health and safety during the COVID-19 pandemic is a priority. Department directors and agency heads are evaluating the State’s business operations while considering your health, safety, and personal needs during this emergency.
Attached to this email are Emergency Onsite and Remote Work Procedures for agencies to evaluate and implement. These procedures include information about telework and paid leave. Agencies have been directed to allow telework when possible effective Monday, March 23, 2020. Your agency’s management will provide further guidance regarding how your agency is moving forward at this time.
In addition to the attached guidance, we have updated the previously issued FAQs to include guidelines about paid leave for employees who are unable to work because of school or daycare closures. For details, please review the updated FAQs at https://hr.mt.gov/COVID-19.
Please follow the CDC’s recommendations to minimize your exposure and risk to the COVID-19 virus by reviewing the CDC’s website: www.cdc.gov.
If you have questions, please ask your immediate supervisor or agency management.
JOHN LEWIS | Director, Department of Administration
For the most recent State of Montana updates and government issued regulations visit https://covid19.mt.gov/
GSD custodial staff are committed to following the CDC's protocol of cleaning and disinfecting surfaces. Please see two links below on these protocols.
Deptartment of Administration Director John Lewis releases guidlines for state employees via email. See the attached Word document.