Professional Referrals

Located on 60 acres in the heart of the Rocky Mountains, Acadia Montana is a 105-bed Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facility that serves children and adolescents from 5 to 18 years old who have psychiatric, behavioral, emotional, and co-occurring disorders.

A Resource For Professionals

At Acadia Montana, we are proud of the strong relationships that we have established with referring professionals both in the surrounding area and throughout the nation, and we are always eager to expand the network of professionals with whom we can collaborate in the effort to improve the lives of young people in crisis and their families.

Referrals to Acadia Montana typically come from a variety of sources, including the following:

  • Physicians
  • Counselors
  • Therapists
  • Other private practitioners
  • Case managers
  • Group homes
  • Probation officers
  • Other treatment programs

Professionals who wish to refer a young person to Acadia Montana should contact our admissions coordinator, Chris Dziak. Once Mr. Dziak has received all necessary clinical information from the referent, he will forward this information to our admissions committed to determine if the potential resident is appropriate for Acadia Montana.

Screening and Review Process

We consider every referral on an individual basis; however, to be accepted for treatment a prospective patient will need to meet the following general admissions criteria:

  • Has a DSM-5 diagnosis with supporting evidence of severe and persistent symptoms
  • Displays disturbances in psychological functioning
  • Engages in persistent patterns of disruptive behavior
  • Displays disturbances in age-appropriate, adaptive functioning, and social problem solving
  • Needs a 24-hour supervised setting due to risk of harm to self/others or de-compensation, but does not require continuous medical supervision.
    • Please note: We can NOT accept individuals who are actively psychotic or severely disorganized, are in an unstable medical condition that requires intensive medical management, or are actively homicidal or suicidal.
  • 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.
    • Please note: Adolescents and children with IQ between 50 and 70 may be deemed appropriate if cognitive capacity is documented and/or milieu can address specific needs.

If we determine that we are not prepared to meet the young person’s needs, we will work with the original referring professional to determine alternate placement options.

After Admission

At Acadia Montana, we understand that many referring professionals may have long histories with the individual that they have referred to us, and they may wish to remain involved or at least informed of the resident’s progress while he or she is in our program. As long as the resident’s parent or guardian gives permission, we are happy to include the referring professional in treatment team meetings, and will also provide clinical information per the referent’s request.

Among the many benefits of this close collaboration with the referring professional is the facilitation of an effective transition back into the resident’s home and community following the completion of his or her time in treatment at Acadia Montana.

Both as a source of referrals and as a resource for professionals whose clients’ needs may exceed the services that they provide, we place a premium on establishing and maintaining positive and effective working relationships that ultimately benefit young people and families in need.

To learn more about referring a child or adolescent to Acadia Montana, or to get additional information about any aspect of our program, please feel free to contact us at your convenience. We look forward to working with you.

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