Acadia Montana Philosophy
Acadia Montana specializes in the behavioral health and well-being of young people. We take an inclusive and multi-dimensional approach to the wide variety of emotional and psychiatric disorders our patients are suffering from.
Areas of Specialization
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
The focus of cognitive behavioral therapy (also called CBT) is helping people to understand the thoughts and emotions that underlie their addiction with the goal of learning new, healthier and more productive ways to understand and express themselves.
This term describes one-on-one therapy, in which a patient and trained counselor, social worker, psychologist or psychiatrist meets privately with a patient to discuss challenges related to lifestyle, work, family and romantic relationships that may have contributed to the development of an addiction.
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ABOUT ACADIA MONTANA
Surrounded by the Rocky Mountains and located within close proximity to Yellowstone National Park, Acadia Montana provides residential treatment for children and young adults between ages five and 18 who are struggling with mental and behavioral health disorders. The facility prides itself on taking an inclusive and multidimensional approach to treatment for depression, substance abuse, and many other disorders.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
According to Acadia Montana's website, residents are grouped according to age, with young children and pre-adolescents in co-ed groups, and adolescents on gender-specific teams. Children are given immediate feedback throughout the duration of their residence — what Acadia Montana calls a “green light/red light behavioral system.”
Treatment for preadolescents and adolescents uses a multi-phase model that uses cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and allows clients to play an active role in managing their progress. The duration of treatment varies, but most clients remain on-site for three to six months.
The center employs a variety of treatment modalities, including individual therapy, family therapy, and recreational activities. Group therapy discusses topics such as conflict resolution and anger management, and it encourages mindfulness and life skills. Medication management is also provided to clients on an as-needed basis.
During their stay, clients attend the center’s fully-accredited, on-campus private school. Classes occur from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on a typical day.
Discharge planning, according to the facility’s website, is individualized and must be a cooperative effort between the resident, the treatment team, and his or her family.
Acadia Montana's website notes the treatment team includes a psychiatrist, master’s level therapist, psychiatric registered nurse, and recreational therapist. The facility also employs a resident advocate, teachers, and a registered dietician.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
Acadia Montana's website indicates it can accommodate up to 108 residents at a time. There is a separate co-ed and boy’s unit, and rooms are generally semi-private. Clients are welcome to utilize the on-site basketball court, volleyball court, soccer field, and climbing tower, and younger children are welcome to use the playground and gym.
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Reviews posted on secondary review sites are mostly negative, however. All 10 individuals who left Google Reviews provided one out of five star reviews. The reviewers cited “corrupt” and “rude” staff. Several reviewers reported violent and traumatizing incidents such as numerous fights and clients being held down while staff forced them to take their medications. “…it leaves mental and literal scars,” Malachi wrote. “I cry every day with the memories,” Kelsey wrote. 
Based on 10 reviews, current and former staff members on Indeed.com provided an average rating of 2.8 stars out of five. Some employees mentioned the “fun” atmosphere and free lunches among the facility’s perks, but others noted a lack of support and adequate compensation. A couple also noted that some clients could be difficult to work with. “Poor management; no orientation; unreasonable hours and too many on call days,” an anonymous staff member wrote. 
This facility does not publish the costs of treatment on its website, but it does accept Medicaid, TRICARE, and private insurance, including Aetna, Blue Cross Blue Shield, and Cigna.
Published on January 2018
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