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Indian Family Health Clinic provides culturally-sensitive behavioral health services, including a standard outpatient program for substance abuse in Great Falls—a city in central Montana.  With nearly 20 years of treatment, IFHC offers care free of charge to Native Americans with proof of ancestry and sliding scale fees for other members of the community.

Using traditional evidence-based therapy and a specialized 12-step program for Native Americans, the IFHC program incorporates the spiritual, mental and physical aspects of recovery.

Treatment and Staff

The outpatient program at IFHC consists of both group and individual therapy once a week. The duration of the program is progress-based, but most clients complete treatment within 12 weeks.

Group therapy uses several evidence-based modalities, including Motivational Enhancement Therapy (MET), DBT and CBT. Therapy groups usually number eight or fewer participants, allowing the counselor to address topics responsive to specific issues clients are dealing with in the present moment, such as relationship skills, anger management and criminal thinking.

Clients work with a Licensed Addictions Counselor (LAC) who is in the process of receiving a Master’s degree in counseling. Clients with co-occurring disorders receive referrals to an outside therapist who offers low- and no-cost therapy to clients of IFHC.

While IFHC doesn’t require clients to attend outside 12-step meetings, they are strongly encouraged. At times, it also offers Medicine Wheel meetings, the 12-step model adapted to Native American cultural traditions.


After completing of the outpatient program, clients can attend IFHC’s weekly continuing care group for aftercare. IFHC also has two nurse practitioners who provide primary care services and referrals are available for other low-cost community medical services. Additionally, IFHC has an on-site fitness center with low-cost monthly memberships.

In Summary

Indian Family Health Clinic provides culturally-sensitive outpatient substance abuse treatment for Native Americans and other members of the Great Falls, Montana community. It also helps clients improve their health with primary care services. In addition to substance abuse treatment, its deep roots in the community enable it to effectively connect clients with other medical and support services in the area, allowing clients to recovery mentally, spiritually and physically.

Indian Family Health Clinic Location

Indian Family Health Clinic
1220 Central Ave
Great Falls, MT 59401

Indian Family Health Clinic Cost

Free for Native Americans with proof of ancestry; sliding scale for all others. Reach Indian Family Health Clinic at (406) 268-1510. Find Indian Family Health Clinic on Facebook

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