Mental Health Treatment Programs for Children & Adolescents in Montana

At Acadia Montana, we provide life-changing treatment programs to teens & adolescents ages 5 to 18 who are struggling with behavioral, emotional, and psychiatric disorders.

Programs Overview

Treatment at Acadia Montana is provided via three units:

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

Though the children’s and preadolescent units are co-educational, all residences at our residential treatment center are gender-specific. Girls and boys stay in separate buildings, in semi-private rooms that are shared by two residents in the same age group.

All of the behavioral health treatment programs at our treatment center are personalized, with each resident receiving an individual treatment plan that has been customized according to his or her specific strengths, needs, and treatment objectives. All treatment plans contain a full schedule of individual, group, family and specialized-track therapy sessions, school attendance, and recreational therapy. Care is provided by a multi-disciplinary team of licensed and credentialed professionals and professionally supervised paraprofessionals.

At Acadia Montana, a leading adolescent & teen residential treatment center in Butte, MT, we employ a primary treatment model that provides our residents with a consistent point of contact from each discipline to whom they can turn for support and treatment services. Each resident’s primary treatment team will include the following individuals:

  • Psychiatric Provider
  • Therapist
  • Psychiatric RN
  • Mental Health Associate
  • Recreational Therapist
  • Teacher

The overarching objective of treatment at our residential treatment center in Montana is to establish a degree of stabilization that permits teens and adolescents to safely return to his or her home environment and/or to community-based service providers.

Typical length of stay at Acadia Montana is three to six months; however, both the structure of this treatment program and the length of time that a resident will remain at Acadia Montana will be determined according to several unique factors, including the nature and severity of his or her disorder(s) and the progress that he or she has made toward his or her treatment goals.

Depending upon a resident’s specific treatment plan, his or her experience at Acadia Montana Treatment Center may feature the following elements:

Medication Management

At our residential treatment center for adolescents and teens, we use psychopharmacology as part of a resident’s personalized treatment plan when it has been determined that medications can be of assistance to the resident. The medications prescribed at Acadia Montana are used to minimize disruptive symptoms, optimize social and cognitive functioning, and prevent relapse.

Adolescents or teens at our treatment center requiring medications are evaluated and closely monitored by a psychiatrist, a registered nurse, or an internal medicine MD. Patient medication education and legal guardian consent are required for all medications prescribed in a non-emergent event at Acadia Montana. While we strive to limit the amount and types of medications given to young people, we recognize that medication can be a valuable tool in helping residents to regain the self-control and insight that is necessary for recovery.

Types of Therapy

Individual therapy: All residents will have a minimum of one individual therapy session each week. These one-on-one sessions are ideal opportunities for young people to process successes and setbacks, address issues that they may be hesitant to bring up during group sessions, and receive productive feedback from their therapist. When clinically necessary and appropriate, such as in times of crisis, residents may be scheduled for additional individual therapy sessions.

Group therapy: Group therapy is an essential component of our treatment program for adolescents and teens at Acadia Montana. With the guidance and structure provided by a trained professional, groups allow residents to share their thoughts, learn from the experiences of others, and practice healthy interpersonal communication skills. Groups are conducted every day, and address a wide range of issues. The following are among the topics that may be addressed during a resident’s time at Acadia Montana.

  • Anger management
  • Boundaries
  • Conflict resolution
  • Daily living skills
  • Learning to get along in a treatment facility
  • Process groups
  • Relaxation and mindfulness techniques
  • Topics selected by the group
  • Trauma

Family therapy: At our residential treatment center in Montana, we believe that the active participation of family members or guardians is a critical part of our program and with the the resident’s recovery. For this reason, we require that the family members or guardians participate in family therapy with the resident and his or her primary therapist at least once a week. Family therapy sessions can be conducted on our campus or via telephone and are scheduled at the time that is most convenient for the patient’s family members or guardians.

Specialty programs: We are proud to offer several specialty treatment tracks for teens and adolescents that provide additional focused support to individuals from certain populations. Our specialty programs include Sons and Daughters of Tradition, which is designed for Native American residents; trauma-focused cognitive-behavioral therapy (TFCBT) for young people who are dealing with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD); and Alateen, which provides an additional level of support for teens who have been struggling with substance abuse issues either personally or within their families.

Recreational activities: Recreational activities encourage residents to identify and address hidden or subconscious issues through experiences such as role-playing, guided imagery, the use of props, art, and a range of other activities. Acadia Montana residents participate in recreational activities every day. Our residents also attend off-campus educational and social outings that allow them to take advantage of the many recreational and cultural activities available in the Butte region.


All residents at Acadia Montana Treatment Center attend our fully accredited on-campus private school. The following are among the many benefits of the academic experience at Acadia Montana:

  • Residents have opportunity to experience academic success in small classroom settings.
  • Special education services are available.
  • Emphasis is placed on each student’s strengths and personal learning styles.
  • Credits that are earned in all subject areas are transferable to the student’s home school district.
  • Our school was designated as a “School of Excellence” by the National Association of Special Education Teachers for the 2012-2013 academic year.
  • The school is accredited by the Northwest Accreditation Commission (NWAC) a division of AdvancEd.

Discharge Planning

At Acadia Montana, we place a premium on preparing young people to maintain and build upon the success that they have made with us long after they have completed their time at our center. To support this effort, planning for a young person’s discharge to the community begins at the time of admission and continues throughout his or her treatment stay. Discharge planning is done as a cooperative effort between the treatment team, the resident and his or her parents or legal guardians. If applicable, the discharge planning process may also include the young person’s community case manager, probation officer, or other relevant professional.

For more information on any aspect of treatment at Acadia Montana Treatment Center for your son or daughter, please feel free to contact us at your convenience. We look forward to providing you and your family with the information you need to make the best decision for your son or daughter.

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