Boyd Andrew Community Services is named for a man who pioneered care for recovering alcoholics in the Helena, Montana, area, opening his own home as a guesthouse, information center and halfway house for alcoholic men in 1972. It began offering substance abuse treatment in 1974 and was certified by the Alcohol and Drug Division of Montana as an approved treatment program in 1977. Since then, it has expanded services to include prevention, intervention and treatment in Lewis & Clark and Jefferson counties. In 2010, Boyd Andrew Community Services constructed a new administrative and outpatient center in downtown Helena and claimed what has to be the best-ever address for a rehab facility—60 South Last Chance Gulch.
Treatment and Staff
Boyd Andrew Community Services does not offer medical detox or regular residential treatment but can refer clients in need to the appropriate facilities in Butte or Billings. Outpatient treatment for adults and adolescents begins with a substance abuse assessment using the American Society of Addiction Medicine’s placement criteria. This involves use of computerized testing coupled with extensive bio-psycho-social assessments. Information is gathered from parents, significant others, law enforcement, schools, employers and other relevant sources. At this time, all clients are also screened for co-occurring disorders.
Following paperwork and a financial intake, a private meeting is scheduled with a licensed addiction or mental health counselor in order to formulate a diagnosis and treatment plan. While many clinical services are offered in the evening, general office hours are Monday through Friday from 8 am to 5 pm. Outpatient services are divided by age, intensity level and sometimes gender; both adults and adolescents are placed in either Level I or Level II care. All outpatient groups are therapeutic and led by certified drug and alcohol counselors. Groups reflect the therapeutic training and background of individual counselors, but many of the groups are CBT in modality and based on the Recovery Model. Some groups are experiential and hands-on in style, others more presentational. Topics include relapse prevention, thinking errors, triggers for addictive behavior, mindfulness skills and proper breathing techniques. Groups range in size from 10 to 30 depending on the day, topic and level of care.
Level I (outpatient) programs include individual and group therapy services, 12-step groups and family education. Although this level of care usually consists of group therapy once a week and individual therapy every two weeks, individual sessions may be scheduled for one hour up to twice a week. They meet Monday and Wednesday from 4 pm to 6 pm and Friday from 1 pm to 3 pm. Women’s Level I services are also offered Monday and Wednesday from 4 pm to 6 pm.
Level II, or Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOP) meet Monday from 4 pm to 7 pm and Wednesday and Thursday from 4:30 to 7:30 pm. In this track, clients meet for group therapy three times a week and see their individual counselors once a week. Clients with co-occurring disorders have group therapy with a licensed mental health counselor on Tuesdays from 4:30 to 6:30 pm in addition to their substance abuse treatment. They also see their individual therapists every week with a licensed mental health counselor. There is no set duration of treatment in either level; the number of sessions is totally dependent on individual progress and record of attendance.
Boyd Andrew Community Services employs four licensed alcohol counselors in the outpatient substance abuse program, working with an administrative staff under a clinical director. Caseworkers are also available to coordinate services for clients and their families in the community (including assisted living, financial aid and child care).
Boyd Andrew Community Services owns and operates a sober living home for seven men in a residential neighborhood of Helena in addition to managing transitional care homes across Montana for both men and women. Through these services, clients can re-enter the workforce while still receiving some structured support in a sober living environment. Boyd Andrew Community Services is also part of the Montana Prevention Coalition, a consortium of chemical dependency treatment facilities that offer awareness education and prevention services with the goal of reducing underage drinking.
One of Boyd Andrew Community Services’ main goals is to ease the transition of incarcerated people in Montana back into society. One of the ways they do this is by providing transitional residential services for 105 men at the Helena Pre-release Center. In addition, Elkhorn Treatment Center is a 47-bed residential substance abuse correctional facility for female drug offenders that is an alternative to traditional incarceration, offering therapy, dual diagnosis support, job development and education.
Boyd Andrew Community Service does its best to help people with problems reintegrate into society in healthy and productive ways. In the last five years, this organization has consistently been rated as one of the best state-approved chemical dependency treatment programs in Montana by the Department of Health and Human Services. With a broad range of services, suitable for adults and adolescents, the outpatient treatment program is a solid option for recovery in Montana.
Boyd Andrew Community Services
60 South Last Chance Gulch
Helena, MT 59601
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