The Sun is Always Rising at Youth Dynamics

building a future for troubled youth and their familiesAt Youth Dynamics (YDI), the sun is a symbol of our commitment to Montana children and teens with behavioral or mental health issues. As the sun rises each day, we rise to treat and support youth who have been diagnosed with a severe emotional disturbance (SED) and, in many cases, are survivors of child abuse and trauma. And with each new day comes the opportunity to help kids and families grow stronger and healthier!

We are proud to say that the “YDI sun” now rises in more communities than ever! YDI serves Billings, Boulder, Bozeman, Butte, Colstrip, Dillon, Glasgow, Glendive, Great Falls, Havre, Helena, Kalispell, Libby, Livingston, Malta, Miles City, Missoula, Shelby, Wolf Point (this includes towns within a 60 miles radius of the listed communities). We value Montana families and believe that, with each and every rising sun, we have a new opportunity to help children, teens, and families.     

May is Mental Health Awareness Month and Youth Dynamics will be taking part by extending parenting tips for the next couple of weeks.   

Parenting Tip #3:

Setting reasonable expectations:

                Social—using good manners and greeting and conversation skills “please” and Mother and son “thank you”

                Academic—good study habits, attendance, completing homework, respecting rules/authority

                Family Chores—cleaning the bedroom, helping with mealtime, outside and inside chores

                Personal Appearance/Hygiene—taking regular showers/baths, appropriate clothes

                Religious—living up to the family’s standards, volunteering, attending services



CARF Accreditation

Youth Dynamics holds a Three-Year Accreditation by CARF International in the areas of Care Management/Services Coordination: Mental Health (Children & Adolescents), Day Treatment : Mental Health (Children & Adolescents), Intensive Family-Based Services: Mental Health (Children & Adolescents), Intensive Outpatient Treatment:  Integrated: AO/MH (Children & Adolescents), Out-of-Home Treatment: Mental Health (Children & Adolescents), and Outpatient Treatment: Mental Health (Children & Adolescents).

Click here to see our most recent accreditation.

CARF International accreditation demonstrates a program’s quality, transparency, and commitment to the satisfaction of the persons served. CARF International is an independent, not-for-profit accreditor of human service providers in the areas of Aging Services, Behavioral Health, Child and Youth Services, Durable Medical Equipment, Employment and Community Services, Medical Rehabilitation, and Opioid Treatment Programs. (888) 281-6531.


From Peter Degel, PhD, Executive Director:

Peter Degel of Youth DynamicsIt is indeed an honor to lead an agency such as Youth Dynamics. We believe we are Montana’s provider of choice for behavioral health services for children and families. The cornerstone of our agency is our compassionate staff and foster parents. It is my distinct privilege to work alongside a group of friendly and dedicated individuals who care so deeply about kids and families. Their warm, caring approach is equaled only by their skills and expertise in serving youth.

Our top priorities at Youth Dynamics are to deliver the best behavioral health services possible, to keep families together, and to make certain the kids we serve have the opportunity to grow and live in a family. Our programs and services are focused on promoting partnerships and collaborations to honor these principles.

In our many years of service in Montana, thousands of children and families have benefited from our programs. It is truly rewarding to see the progress of our youth—to watch them graduate from our services and programs and lead rewarding, productive lives. Our success stories are many as we believe every child we work with becomes successful, each in their own individual way.

But we need your help too. It is important that we build partnerships wherever possible, to join our efforts and share resources to help even more children and youth. After all, investing in our young people is a wise investment in the future of this great state.

At Youth Dynamics, our logo is a sun, signifying a bright future for the young people and families we serve. That is truly what makes everything we do so rewarding.

I look forward to working with you.

signed Peter Degel