Adult Mental Health Services
The Day Treatment program provides education and support to clients who have been referred by a member of their treatment team. Day treatment gives people access to a variety of group and individual activities in a positive environment that encourages healthy social skills. Our goal is to provide education and support that will help people manage their mental health symptoms and gain skills and knowledge to achieve or maintain independent living.
Adult group homes combine housing and services in a structured and supportive setting. Our group homes provide 24 hour support to our residents. Western Montana Mental Health Center staff are available to assist residents in building independent living skills and help them reach recovery to live successfully in the community or in Western client housing. Clinical staff is available to assist residents with reaching their recovery goals and working with other members of the treatment team to ensure success. Clients are referred to group home services by members of the treatment team or other agencies.
Western Montana Mental Health Center offers a variety of housing options with Western-owned apartments and/or homes and acts as landlord to provide independent living arrangements. Residents may be supported by a case manager and community-based rehabilitation services to assist them with day-to-day living skills. Client housing helps integrate clients into the community while maintaining supportive services that meet residents’ needs as they become more independent.
Crisis Stabilization facilities provide short term, intensive, inpatient support for adults experiencing a life threatening crisis. Most clients stay at the crisis facility for 3 to 7 days. During their stay clients work with their treatment team and crisis facility staff to resolve the crisis and to develop a plan for the client’s care after leaving the crisis facility.
Drop-In Centers are peer-oriented, community based programs providing safe, friendly, confidential, supportive and recovery oriented environments. Consumers are encouraged to share their experiences regarding their recovery and treatment without fear of judgment. Drop-In Centers provide peer led support groups and also offer groups that encourage journaling, meditation and many other support initiatives. The goal is to empower consumers to change their quality of life through validation, insight and supportive constructive feedback. Services are available to anyone – all are welcome.
Each community is equipped with a Crisis Response Team (CRT) to serve adults and children experiencing crisis. The CRT consists of Certified Mental Health Professionals / Licensed Therapists who evaluate people in crisis to determine what type of emergency service will best meet their immediate needs, and make referrals as appropriate. The CRT works closely with community resources such as hospitals, crisis facilities, youth placements, law enforcement, therapists, and Montana State Hospital.
Jail Diversion Programs provide support and treatment for individuals experiencing mental illness during pre-arrest, incarceration, and after release from county detention centers. The Jail Diversion team works collaboratively with detention center officers, local law enforcement, and other components of the criminal justice system to provide services within the county detention center and to assist in diversion from incarceration. Services provided while incarcerated can include mental health assessments, case management, therapy, peer-support services, group therapies, crisis intervention, and chemical dependency evaluations. These services reduce recidivism by connecting individuals to behavioral health services.
Outpatient therapy is offered across the life span and may include individual and/or group therapy designed to help clients address symptoms that interfere with functioning in one or more life domains such as familial, social, educational or occupational. Western Montana Mental Health Center believes that the client’s voice is central to the success of its outpatient therapy programs. The Partners for Change Outcomes Management System is an evidence-based tool that helps us work with clients to set goals, ensure an effective therapeutic relationship, and to achieve the outcomes identified by the client.
Program of Assertive Community Treatment (PACT) is designed to help people with serious mental health conditions live independently in the community by providing comprehensive mental health and supportive services. Clients in PACT receive a combination of services depending on each client’s individual needs. These services include medication management, nursing support, case management, therapy, substance abuse treatment, employment and housing services, crisis intervention, and peer support. This program is for clients who need more help than is available through regular outpatient services and is offered 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
Peer support services are delivered by individuals who have common life experiences with the people they are serving. People with mental and/or substance use disorders have a unique capacity to help each other based on a shared affiliation and a deep understanding of this experience.
Managing mental illness is a team effort and appropriate use of medication is an important component. Our providers, who are made up of both Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs) and psychiatrists, with the help of their trained nursing staff, are able to assess, prescribe, and monitor clients who need medication to treat their illness while providing education to both the client and their loved ones.
Vocational services provide adults living with severe mental illness support to attain their employment goals. Utilizing evidence-based practices, supports are based on choice and focused on assisting individuals in finding and keeping jobs that capitalize on their personal strengths and motivation. Vocational services are recovery-driven, emphasizing skill development through a multidisciplinary team approach. Job-hunting, on-the-job, and post-employment assistance is offered from resume and cover letter writing, interview preparation, workplace conflict resolution, accommodation planning, work-related symptom management, and benefits management.