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Montana AG, Missoula Legislator Work to Curb Human Trafficking

Dillon Kato, Missoulian, December 8, 2014

Missoula Mayor Declares Dec. 7 Human Trafficking Awareness Day

Kathryn Haake, Missoulian, November 24, 2014

Get to Know a Legislator:  Rep. Kimberly Dudik


Cassie Hintz, Montana Capitol Reports, February 25, 2013


Join Project to Fight Crime


Letter to the Editor, Missoulian, October 28, 2014

Candidate Forum Focuses on Medicaid Expansion


Michael Wright, Montana Kaimen, September 22, 2014


Child Abuse Prevention Within Reach


Kimberly Dudik, Missoulian, July 3, 2014


Conference sheds light on campaign finance


Julie Baughman, Helena Independent Record, April 12, 2014


Campaign underway: Missoula Democrats knock on doors, Republicans work phones


Rob Chaney, Missoulian, March 19, 2014


On the doorstep.  Kim Dudik takes aim at open House seat.


Jessica Mayrer, Missoula Independent, October 25, 2012


Candidates attend aging and disability forum

KECI News, October 2, 2012



 Legislative candidates offer health care positions at Missoula forum    

Missoulian, September 26, 2012



Lives have been improved with Affordable Care Act  

Missoulian Guest Column, August 24, 2012

Health care in Montana has changed since the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (also known as ObamaCare) went into effect. Many have an opinion about the Act and what should happen to it. To decide what you think, here are some important facts regarding how it has affected lives of everyday Montanans: 

 Young adults. Health plans must now allow parents to keep children under 26 on the parents health plan, leading to 12,000 young Montanans gaining insurance coverage as of December 2011.

 Prescription medications are more affordable for seniors. 11,500 Montanans with Medicare received a $250 rebate to help cover prescription drug costs and others received a 50 percent discount on brand-name prescription drugs. Since the law was enacted, Montanans with Medicare have saved $10,993,915 on prescription drugs.

 Increased access to and coverage of preventive services. In 2011, 115,065 Montanans with Medicare received a free wellness visit or free preventive services (such as colonoscopies or mammograms). In the first five months of 2012, 42,844 Montanans with Medicare received free preventive services. 166,000 Montanans with private health insurance gained preventive service insurance coverage with no cost-sharing by the individual. 

 Insurance companies must focus on the patient. Insurance companies now must spend at least 80 percent of premium dollars on health care, not on overhead such as executive salaries; if the company does not it must pay a rebate to customers. 25,353 Montana residents received an insurance company rebate averaging $194 for 13,400 Montana families.

 No more health benefit limits. Lifetime limits are no longer allowed. Annual health benefit limits are restricted and will be completely banned in 2014. This permits Montanans with chronic diseases to receive ongoing treatment as long as needed, no longer limited by lifetime or annual insurance limits.

 No more denial based on pre-existing conditions. Insurance companies now must cover individuals even if they have pre-existing conditions. As of April 2012, 317 previously uninsured Montanans with pre-existing conditions were able to obtain insurance coverage.

 Actions to prevent disease and promote health are increasing. Montana received $3.9 million in grants to increase efforts to promote health, allowing Montanans to lead longer, more productive lives. 

 More effective community health centers. Montanas 83 existing community health centers received $36.5 million to improve Montanans health by enabling centers to increase the number of patients served, expand services and create new sites in medically underserved areas.

The Act provided grants to allow Montana to build the health care workforce, support public health and crack down on fraud. Examples include:

 Assistance for Medicare recipients. $100,000 for outreach to assist Medicare beneficiaries to learn more about their benefits; and $100,000 to discover new ways to increase health of Medicare beneficiaries through disease demonstration projects.

 Assistance for Montanans exposed to environmental health hazards. $2.5 million for screening, health education and outreach services for Montanans possibly exposed to environmental health hazards. 

 Improved health care workforce. $72,000 to support the National Health Service Corps in assisting Montana to repay educational leans of health care professionals who practice in areas with a shortage of health professionals; $5.4 million for training for individuals to enter healthcare professions facing shortages; and $150,000 to teaching community health centers to create new residency slots. 

 Better care for children. $500,000 for school-based health centers to provide more services; and $286,700 for organizations for families with children with special care needs;

 Improving the lives of families. $5.1 million for Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting Programs that improve the health, development and learning of children by connecting at-risk families with health care professionals; and $2 million from the Pregnancy Assistance Fund to provide pregnant and parenting teens and women with support so they can complete high school or secondary education degrees and access child care, health care and housing.

The above describes how this Act has affected Montana (Source: www.healthcare.gov/law/resources/mt.html). People need to know the truth about the Act and what it means to them and their neighbors. The lives of a broad array of individuals, from newborns to seniors, have been improved. If one wants to repeal the Act, then by consequence, one wants to do away with all of the above-listed benefits. Please think about this when you are casting your vote in November.

Kimberly Dudik is an attorney, registered nurse and master of public health living in Missoula. She is a candidate for Montana House District 99.


Missoula Progressives Count Votes - Primary Election Results (June 7, 2012)



Assistant Attorney General Kimberly Dudik announces candidacy for Montana House District 99 (posted March 15, 2012)


            Kimberly Dudik is pleased to announce her candidacy for Montana House District 99. Kimberly was born and raised in Frenchtown, Montana. She received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Montana State University, her law degree from the University of Montana School of Law, and a Master of Public Health degree from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

She and her husband have chosen to live in Missoula and raise their young children in the same communities where she grew up, enjoying the community and outdoor opportunities that make Missoula such a wonderful place.

Over the past decade, Kimberly has worked to create safer communities and stronger families in Missoula County. This began with her work as a domestic violence advocate, then as a registered nurse, as a small business owner, and finally as an attorney. Kimberly currently works as an Assistant Attorney General for the State of Montana protecting children who are in abusive family situations.

“My experiences provide me with the knowledge and skills to make our legislature more effective, responsible, and accountable to the people of Montana. I am hopeful that I can help increase cooperation among our elected officials and work for what is best for all Montanans,” explained Kimberly regarding how her experiences have prepared her to serve in the legislature.

“Wise investments in our lands and people will create healthier communities, a stronger economy, and a better future for all Montanans.”

Kimberly looks forward to expanding her public service to representing the people of Missoula County. “I would be honored to represent the people of Missoula County in the Montana House of Representatives.”

Missoula Mayor John Engen supports Kimberly. “Kimberly Dudik's experience working for some of our community's most vulnerable citizens means she's tough and tenacious, compassionate and caring, thoughtful and decisive. All that combines powerfully to create a person with the right skills to lead in our Legislature. Kimberly has my support and I hope you'll lend yours to this smart, tough, reasonable and energetic public servant as she campaigns for a seat in Montana's House of Representatives.”

Many Missoula and Montana leaders have already endorsed Kimberly Dudik for House District 99, including Montana Senate District 50 Senator Cliff Larsen who is also serving as the campaign treasurer; Missoula Mayor John Engen; Current representative for House District 99 Betsy Hands; Public Service Commissioner and previous representative for House District 99 Gail Gutsche; Missoula City Council Member representing Ward 1 Jason Wiener; Missoula City Council Member representing Ward 2 Cynthia Wolken; Montana House District 97 representative Michele Reinhart; Montana Senate District 47 Senator Ron Erickson; Nancy Erickson; Cynthia Ford; and Janna Gobeo.

You can learn more about Kimberly Dudik and her campaign by visiting https://www.facebook.com/dudikformontana.


Conference at UM aims to empower all to prevent child sexual abuse (Jan. 28, 2012) 



Protecting children from sexual abuse subject of Friday workshop (Jan. 25, 2012) 



“Stop it Now!” Program Director Interview (Posted Jan. 31, 2012)



Workshop Helps Parents Protect Kids From Sex Offenders (Posted Aug. 18, 2011)



 Public forum on child abuse Thursday  (Missoulian Editorial, Published Aug. 17, 2011)


Child sexual abuse is a widespread problem. Children cannot protect themselves and need the adults in their lives to shield them from predators. On Aug. 18, Missoula will benefit from the experience of nationally recognized trainer Cory Jewell Jensen, who will lead a free community forum about prevention measures that can stop abuse before it occurs.

Nationally, by the time a child reaches 18, one in four girls and one in six or seven boys have been sexually abused. In Montana there were 98 confirmed victims of child sexual abuse in 2006, 80 confirmed victims in 2008, and 94 in 2009. And that is only part of the story. Studies conclude that 84 percent of sexual assaults are either not reported or not confirmed. The number of children who are subjected to sexual abuse is likely much larger.

The toll of child sexual assault victims on our society is difficult to measure, but it is undisputed that the impacts are far-reaching. Child victims experience physical, emotional, behavioral and mental health problems that are difficult to treat. Economically, businesses and the U.S. economy as a whole are negatively affected, to the tune of tens of billions of dollars every year. In one year alone, it is estimated that mental health care system costs associated with child sexual assault exceed $315 million and law enforcement costs exceed $12 million. Our efforts must be directed toward prevention of these terrible costs.

Prevention begins with education. Through the combined efforts of the the Flathead County Children's Advocacy Center, Montana Attorney General's Office Child Protection Unit, and Missoula County Attorney's Office, grant funds have been awarded by the Montana Children's Justice Act and generously supplemented by the Montana Child Sexual Assault Response Team. These funds are being used to bring co-director of the Center for Behavioral Intervention Cory Jewell Jensen, M.S., to Missoula from Beaverton, Ore., to lead two educational sessions.

Jensen is a nationally known speaker and author. She has worked with adult sex offenders, provided training and/or consultation to The National Center for the Prosecution of Child Abuse, the United States Navy, The Mark McGwire Children's Foundation and a number of law enforcement and child advocacy groups. She has testified as an expert witness in state and federal courts, received a number of crime prevention awards, and been a featured guest of the Oprah Winfrey Show.

On Aug. 18, Garlington, Lohn & Robinson has graciously opened the sixth floor of their new building in downtown Missoula to host a community forum on preventive education. Montana Attorney General Steve Bullock will provide opening remarks and be followed by Assistant United States Attorney Cyndee Peterson discussing Internet crimes against children. Jensen will provide an understanding of the problem and some of the tactics sexual offenders use to deceive both adults and children.

Offenders are often someone close to the child: a relative, friend, or one of the volunteers or professionals who come in contact with our children every day. These are perpetrators whom most parents would never suspect. By learning about sex offenders, participants will join a growing number of parents and community members who are better educated about child molestation and the ways in which we can stop this crime.

While the community forum on Aug. 18 focuses on preventive measures, on Aug. 19 Jensen will train the professionals who respond to incidents of child sexual abuse: law enforcement officers, social workers, therapists, nurses, doctors, attorneys, judges, and others. By sharing her experience, video-taped interviews with convicted sex offenders, and examining the etiological and operational facets of child sexual abuse, Jensen will improve our community's response to incidents of child sexual abuse.

The responsibility for protecting children rests with adults, not our children. Our community is fortunate to benefit from Jensen's expertise in both preventing and responding to child sex abuse.

Brett Kelso is coordinator for the Flathead County Children's Advocacy Center; Kimberly P. Dudik is assistant attorney general in the Child Protection Unit; and Matthew B. Lowy is Deputy Missoula County Attorney. All three authors work in the child protection field.


Child predators: Thursday workshop to train parents on protecting kids (Tuesday, August 16, 2011)



Indigo Gallery: Art and activism, up front - Local art will benefit children's law center (July 10, 2008) 



Kimberly Dudik’s Montana Supreme Court Cases

Before practicing law as an attorney, Kimberly Dudik clerked for Montana Supreme Court Justice W. William Leaphart.  Since then, Kimberly has been trying cases in the Montana District Courts, representing the State of Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services in child abuse and neglect cases.  Some of those cases have been appealed to the Montana Supreme Court.  All have been affirmed.  

Kimberly has always been a strong advocate of equal rights, nondiscrimination, and upholding our Constitutional rights.  This is exemplified in the amicus friend-of-the-court brief that Kimberly co-authored for Snetsinger v. Montana University System, when she was a member of the Women's Law Caucus.  In this brief, Kimberly defended the equal protection and dignity contained within the Montana Constitution and how these protected same-gender couples from discrimination.

Here are some of the cases Kimberly has been involved with: 



2004 MT 390




2006 MT 281



DA 06-0030

2006 MT 123N



DA 06-0592

2007 MT 24N



DA 06-0672

2007 MT 139N


Matter of A.J.W.

DA 09-0483

2010 MT 42


Matter of C.J.

DA 10-0117

2010 MT 179


Matter of C.J.

DA 10-0477

2011 MT 87N


Matter of J.T.J.A.

DA 11-0176

2011 MT 235N


Matter of M.M.F.

DA 11-0215

2011 MT 233N


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