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Turning Winds Review

Turning Winds is a specialized co-ed residential treatment center and therapeutic boarding school for teens between the ages of 13 and 18 in Troy, Montana. Troy is a tiny town in northwest Montana just 12 miles from the Idaho border. The closest major airport is in Spokane, Washington, which is about a three-hour drive. Turning Winds offers treatment for substance abuse and a variety of co-occurring disorders like ADHD, depression, anxiety, adjustment disorders, bipolar disorder, oppositional defiant disorder, anorexia, bulimia and attachment disorders. All treatment combines wilderness therapy with evidence-based methods and education. Turning Winds was founded in 2002 by husband and wife John and Charmaine Baisden. The couple was inspired to create the program after their own troubled daughter died at the age of 17.

Accommodations and Food

Turning Winds is a beautiful campus set on 150 wooded acres that accommodates up to 45 girls and boys. It is a family-oriented facility, designed to feel like a home, not a hospital. Males and females are housed in separate sections of the building in four large dorm-style bedrooms with attached bathrooms. The sleeping quarters are furnished with twin beds and linens, as well as storage areas for personal belongings.

Three meals a day are served in a large cafeteria with plenty of healthy options as well as comfort foods offered. Those with eating disorders, food allergies and dietary restrictions receive special accommodations and assistance of a registered dietician. Sugar intake is monitored; caffeine and smoking are not allowed.

Treatment and Staff

Residential treatment at Turning Winds typically lasts about 12 months and is essentially a specialty private boarding school. Detox is not offered on-site but referrals can be provided for a nearby facility if necessary. Clients attend academic classes on-site and also receive therapy, learn life skills, coping skills and how to function with co-occurring disorders. The integrated therapeutic curriculum incorporates group and individual therapy that utilize traditional evidence-based methods like CBT, DBT and trauma-informed care. There is time for team sports and plenty of outdoor activities like hiking, camping, canoeing and fishing. Clients are also introduced to the 12-step philosophy, but not required to attend meetings.

The on-site school is fully accredited by Northwest Accreditation Commission (NWAC) and learning disabilities are taken into consideration. Parental involvement is encouraged and parent workshops, assignments and family counseling sessions focus on building healthy relationships with family members.

The staff at Turning Winds includes medical, academic and mental health professionals. The clinical team includes several psychiatrists, a psychologist and MSWs. Additional staff includes state-certified educators, nurses and medical support staff, a nutritionist, chef and kitchen.


Career explorations and college prep guidance are also provided to teens, typically after they have made significant progress in addressing their individual problems and are nearing the end of treatment.

In Summary

Turning Winds provides a unique residential treatment and therapeutic boarding school experience in rural Montana. Catering to teens from all over the world, the facility prides itself in a welcoming, supportive and home-like atmosphere with high-level clinical care. By living in the beautiful natural environment and attending school while receiving therapy, young men and women can build life skills and develop a foundation for lasting recovery.

Turning Winds Location

31733 S Fork Yaak Rd
Troy, MT 59935

Turning Winds Cost

Call for cost; insurance accepted out of network. Reach Turning Winds by phone at (800) 845-1380 or by email at [email protected]. Find Turning Winds on Facebook and YouTube

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