Goals and Objectives 2019 Biennium

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Division Mission: To provide comprehensive and cost-effective legal defense, claims adjudication, insurance coverage, and risk management services to state agencies that serve the citizens of Montana.

Goal: Maintain financial stability of the state property/casualty insurance fund. 


  • Retain a stable reserve position.
  • Deliver fair, consistent insurance premium levels.
  • Allocate insurance premiums based on relative loss experience and/or exposure.

Goal: Provide effective and efficient defense for claims and lawsuits filed against the state under the Montana Tort Claims Act.


  • Investigate, analyze, and evaluate claims and lawsuits, determine those with merit, and resolve them consistent with the evaluation.
  • Consult with state clients to prepare unresolved cases for dismissal or resolution at trial. 

Goal: Offer comprehensive, cost-effective property/casualty insurance for Montana state government.


  • Obtain broad insurance coverage with favorable terms and conditions.
  • Establish reasonable insurance rates through effective bidding practices and appropriate insurance deductibles and limits.

Goal: Assist state agencies in establishing effective risk management programs.


  • Conduct inspections of key state properties to identify potential hazards and provide recommendations to affected agencies.
  • Promote risk management through incentives.
  • Assist state agencies to mitigate losses through consultation, training, and targeted mitigation funding.

Goal: Create and maintain a professional, diverse, and responsive workforce.


  • Recruit and retain highly skilled employees with appropriate knowledge, skills, abilities, and personal qualities that enable them to be effective.
  • Offer regular mentoring opportunities in a supportive environment.
  • Provide meaningful training experiences to increase employee knowledge and skills as resources permit.

Goal: Successfully implement those objectives and tasks in the Governor’s Main Street Montana Project that fall within the authority of the division.


  • Work with other agencies to achieve department and division projects set forth in the Main Street Montana Project.