At Acadia Montana, we understand how difficult it can be for a parent or guardian to decide to enroll their child into a residential psychiatric treatment facility. We respect the courage and commitment of each parent or guardian who makes this life-affirming choice, and we are dedicated to ensuring that the admissions process is an efficient and stress-free experience for all.
Parents who believe that their son or daughter may be a candidate for treatment at Acadia Montana should contact our admissions coordinator, Chris Dziak. Once Mr. Dziak has received all necessary clinical information from the professionals who have previously been working with the young person in question, he will forward this information to our admissions committee to determine if the potential resident is appropriate for Acadia Montana.
Please note these important matters regarding admission to Acadia Montana:
- Montana is a certificate of need state. That means that a licensed therapist and a psychiatrist or medical doctor from the community are required to fill in the need for admission and sign the document.
- The state will not accept a document that does not have both of these signatures, nor will it accept the signature of a nurse practitioner.
- Acadia Montana is not an acute care facility. If your son or daughter needs immediate admittance because of safety concerns, he or she needs an acute care facility, not residential treatment.
- We will be happy to provide referrals to acute care facilities that may be best suited to meeting your child’s specific needs.
Once we have received all appropriate documentation, our admissions committee will review the information and make the best decision for the young person. The committee reviews every prospective patient based upon his or her specific needs as well the following general criteria:
- Has a DSM-5 diagnosis with supporting evidence of severe and persistent symptoms
- Had displayed disturbances in psychological functioning, age-appropriate adaptive functioning, and social problem solving
- Engaged in persistent patterns of disruptive behavior
- Is in need of a 24-hour supervised setting due to risk of harm to self/others or de-compensation, but does not require continuous medical supervision.
- Has clearly documented evidence of one of the following:
- Failure to progress in less restrictive settings, such as outpatient treatment
- A less restrictive setting would not provide enough stability, security, and/or structure for adequate treatment
- Has cognitive capacity to actively participate in our therapeutic program, including a full scale IQ greater than 70. Prospective residents who have an IQ between 50 and 70 may be deemed appropriate based upon their unique circumstances.
Acadia Montana cannot accept a young person who meets any of the following criteria:
- Is actively psychotic or severely disorganized
- Has a special physical or medical need that cannot be adequately served in our treatment environment. This includes young people who need inpatient detoxification for substance abuse and those who are struggling with an eating disorder
- Is actively homicidal or suicidal
- Poses a significant risk to others due to a history of being extremely assaultive, combative, and destructive and/or have been aggressive perpetrators of sexual offenses.
- Is pregnant
Of course, if we determine that we are not prepared to meet your child’s needs, we will provide information about other programs that may be a better fit for your son or daughter.
To learn more about the Acadia Montana admissions, or to get additional information about any aspect of our program, please feel free to contact us at your convenience. We look forward to answering all of your questions and helping you determine if Acadia Montana is the ideal place for your child and your family.