Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facility

Acadia Montana is a psychiatric residential treatment facility (PRTF) where young people between the ages of 5 and 18 can receive comprehensive care in three age-appropriate units:

  • Children’s Residential (co-ed teams)
  • Preadolescent Residential (co-ed teams)
  • Adolescent Residential (gender-specific teams)

Residents of all ages follow personalized treatment plans that have been customized following assessments that determine their unique strengths, needs, and treatment objectives. Care is provided by multi-disciplinary teams of licensed and credentialed professionals and professionally supervised paraprofessionals. To ensure consistent care and effective communication, we employ a primary treatment model. Upon admission, each resident is assigned to a primary treatment team that includes the following professionals:

  • Psychiatric provider
  • Therapist
  • Psychiatric registered nurse
  • Mental health associate
  • Recreational therapist
  • Teacher

Green Light / Red Light

We employ a green light/red light behavioral system with our children. This provides a higher level of interaction when our youngest residents begin to act out and gives them immediate feedback and opportunity to challenge their emotions and behavior.

Phase Program

For our pre-adolescent and adolescent residents, we employ a four-phase model that incorporates the principles and practices of cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT). Pre-adolescent and adolescent residents must complete the requirements at one phase before they are eligible to move on to the next phase.

At the beginning of each phase, a resident will meet with his or her therapist to complete a “Moving On” form. These forms, which are an agreement between the resident and the members of his or her treatment team, outline the treatment objectives that the resident must complete before he or she can progress to the following phase.

During each phase of treatment, residents participate in a wide variety of activities, each of which is designed to help the residents to focus on their psychological and/or behavioral problems, to gain insights into these problems, and to develop the basic skills that will allow them to work through their problems in a healthy and productive manner.

Typical Day

While each unit has a specific schedule that residents follow, the general routine during the week includes waking up around 7 a.m., followed by daily hygiene, room-cleaning, breakfast, and a morning focus group.

During the week, school runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. During that time, the residents may also participate in individual, family, and/or group therapy sessions

The afternoon schedule includes dinner time and activities such as gym or outside time, recreational activities, TV, games, and working on phase materials. The day typically ends with showers, a snack, and some quiet time before bed.

Elements of Treatment

A resident’s treatment experience at Acadia Montana may feature the following elements:

Medication management: Psychopharmacology will be incorporated into a resident’s personalized treatment plan when it has been determined that medications can be of assistance to the resident. No non-emergency medications will be given without the consent of the resident’s parent or legal guardian.

Individual therapy: All residents participate in at least one individual therapy session each week. In times of crisis, residents may be scheduled for additional individual therapy sessions.

Group therapy: Group therapy sessions are conducted every day, and address a wide range of issues, such as anger management, conflict resolution, daily living skills, boundaries, and mindfulness techniques.

Family therapy: Parents or guardians participate in family therapy sessions with the resident and his or her primary therapist at least once a week.

Specialty programs: Our several specialty programs provide additional focused support to individuals from certain populations, including Native Americans, residents who are dealing with trauma, and those whose lives have been impacted by substance abuse.

Recreational activities: We provide residents with a variety of experiential, recreational, and cultural activities.

Academics: All residents attend our fully accredited on-campus private school.

Discharge planning: Discharge planning begins the day a young person is admitted, and continues throughout his or her treatment stay.

Please note that more detailed information about each of the treatment elements listed in this section is available on our Program Overview page.

Length of Stay

The average length of stay Acadia Montana is from three months to six months. However, the length of time that any specific resident will remain with us will be determined by a number of personal factors, including the nature and severity of the disorders that the young person has been experiencing and the progress that he or she has been making toward his or her individualized treatment objectives.

Ultimately, the goal of Acadia Montana is to provide young people with the psychiatric care that will empower them to achieve a degree of stabilization and safely return home and/or to community-based service providers.

For additional information about any element of treatment at Acadia Montana, please contact us at your convenience. We look forward to answering all of your questions and helping you to determine if Acadia Montana is the perfect place for your son or daughter.

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