Serving 17 counties, Eastern Montana Community Mental Health Center (EMCMHC) provides outpatient treatment for those suffering from mental health issues, substance abuse, addiction and alcoholism with co-occurring disorders. With three locations devoted solely to treating substance abuse, EMCMHC helps residents of Montana regardless of their ability to pay.
Treatment and Staff
EMCMHC offers intensive outpatient (IOP) at three facilities in addition to comprehensive mental health treatment and regular outpatient at its 12 other locations. Substance abuse treatment consists of a combination of group and individual therapy, occupational therapy and recreational therapy. The program is geared toward clients whose needs are not severe enough to require residential treatment or individuals who have already completed residential treatment elsewhere and want to continue recovery in a controlled environment.
The 12-step model is not used here. Instead, treatment employs evidence-based practices that help uncover the issues underlying the substance abuse or addiction. The initial client evaluation during intake assesses each client’s particular needs and helps staff develop an individualized treatment plan that serves as a road map to recovery. The assessment also helps determine whether a client needs treatment for co-occurring disorders. Clients may receive treatment at more than one location.
The length of treatment varies, but clients in IOP typically have individual sessions at least once a week and group therapy three times a week. Additional forms of therapy are prescribed on a case-by-case basis.
If clients qualify, EMCMHC offers medication management as part of treatment, particularly for those with co-occurring disorders. Psychiatrists and nurses with prescription privileges work with clients to create a monitored medication program. This does not include Suboxone.
EMCMHC does not offer detox and serves only clients who are already in recovery. Several psychiatrists are on staff in addition to counselors with credentials including LADC, MSW, LCPC, LCSW and CSCT. However, there is no physician on staff. For those needing residential treatment or hospitalization, EMCMHC may provide referrals.
More than 1,000 people a year receive treatment at EMCMHC for varying lengths of time. Some clients are in treatment for 30 days, while others extend treatment to a year or more. The duration of treatment is determined on a case-by-case basis. The staff-to-client ratio also varies, but clients can expect groups to contain anywhere from 10 to 20 people.
EMCMHC offers a transitional living program designed to assist those who are not able to return to independent living after extended psychiatric care. The Clark Street Inn, an 11-bed facility in Miles City, helps clients acclimate to life after treatment with additional therapy intended to provide the tools for living a healthy, independent life. Stays at the Clark Street Inn normally last one to two months.
EMCMHC is committed to providing treatment to all residents of Montana regardless of their ability to pay. The treatment itself is straightforward and, while it doesn’t offer the bells and whistles of more expensive programs, it is a solid option for individuals with co-occurring disorders. For those seeking an extremely disciplined program, EMCMHC may not be the best fit.
Eastern Montana Community Mental Health Center
2508 Wilson St
PO Box 1530
Miles City, MT 59301
Eastern Montana Community Mental Health Center Cost: Sliding scale (30 days). Reach Eastern Montana Community Mental Health Center by phone at (406) 234-1687. Find Eastern Montana Community Mental Health Center on Facebook and LinkedIn
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