Supporting Children and Families Since 1981
We want kids and families to feel empowered, supported, and accepted when they work with Youth Dynamics. We provide a wide range of therapeutic services, providing each family with mental health care unique to their situation. We strive to provide a warm, welcoming environment in all our offices and youth homes!
Is your child struggling? We may be able to help…
All families face behavioral and emotional challenges. Below are some indicators your child may need mental health care support.
HAS YOUR CHILD:
Changed eating habits or sleep patterns?
Started hurting/teasing siblings, other children, or animals?
Had problems at school?
Repeatedly expressed feelings of sadness, hopelessness, fear, or worry, which interfere with their daily activities?
Caregiver Support & Education
We work alongside families to troubleshoot challenging behaviors stemming from mental health conditions and trauma—helping them develop specialized approaches to meet children’s unique needs. — Family Support Team services
Children enrolled in our Family Support Team or Therapeutic Foster Care services are eligible for up to 48 hours per month of respite in a home setting with one of our trained providers.
Service Coordination & Advocacy
Our advocates guide parents and legal guardians in maneuvering through the mental health system and accessing needed support for their children. — Youth Case Management services
Therapeutic Youth Mentor Program
Therapeutic Youth Mentors work one-on-one with kids at school or in the community to teach coping skills, practice social skills, and learn healthy, adaptive behaviors.
Therapeutic Foster Care
Our Therapeutic Foster Care services wrap children up in care, helping them heal and find resilience in the community. The goal is to support kids in finding permanency—whatever that may look like. Specialized training for Foster Parents empowers them to meet kids’ unique needs. Support is delivered through a team approach, with Therapists offering counseling to help heal trauma, Care Managers providing education and support, Youth Case Managers advocating and coordinating treatment, Youth Mentors assisting kids in building valuable skills, and Respite Providers supporting families to prevent burnout.
Therapeutic Youth Homes
When kids have behaviors that affect their safety or ability to carry out basic activities at home or in their community, such as attending school, we offer higher levels of mental health support through our Therapeutic Youth Homes in Boulder, Billings, Helena, and Great Falls. Our community-setting homes provide 24-hour supervision, treatment, advocacy, and family-style care. For children with medication management needs, in addition to services available through our partnership with Frontier Psychiatry, we collaborate with community-based and previously established providers to deliver comprehensive care.
Individual & Family Therapy
We provide individual and family therapy through qualified mental health professionals. In remote areas, therapists may travel to deliver care or provide services remotely.
Through a partnership with Frontier Psychiatry, psychiatric assessments, consultation, and monitoring of psychiatric medications are provided by a psychiatrist or trained nurse practitioner.
Our Supervised Visitation services provide a supportive, safe place for families to work on communication, relationships, and treatment goals.
Transitional Independent Living Skills
We provide comprehensive support to empower teens, helping them build skills for their transition into adulthood surrounding everything from money management to securing employment and more.
Our Substance Use Education and Treatment Program specializes in helping youth struggling with addiction alongside co-occurring mental health conditions. Our program focuses on the family dynamics of chemical dependency and provides youth with practical tools to make healthy decisions.
An alternative education setting for youth who need access to mental health services and support throughout their school day. Community-based certified teachers give each child the best opportunity to learn year-round. Available through our Bozeman Transitional School and to children on our Boulder Youth Home campus.
Bozeman Transitional School
In partnership with the Bozeman School District, we’re proud to support kids through an alternative therapeutic, educational setting. Referrals for this program are made through the Bozeman School Special Education Department.
Specialized Treatment for Sexually Reactive Youth
For youth with specialized needs surrounding sexually reactive behaviors, we provide intensive Therapeutic Youth Home and Day Treatment services through our Boulder campus with MSOTA supervision.
How do I get started with addressing my child's mental health care needs?
Mental health services for children are very different than services for adults. Here are some guidelines to help you understand what to expect — we know it can be a difficult and emotional process to seek help, so please let us know what we can do!
Step #1: A teacher, medical provider, or other professional may refer you to Youth Dynamics for mental health care. Or you can contact us directly for help! Please call 1-877-458-7022, visit our locations page, or contact us online to connect with an office near you.
Step #2: You will talk to your local Area Manager, who will get to know you and your family and will walk you through filling out an intake packet. At this time, you’ll learn more about the mental health care services we offer. All of our services are covered by Healthy Montana Kids (formerly CHIP) and HMK Plus (formerly called Children’s Medicaid). We accept many types of commercial insurance and offer a sliding fee scale for those who are uninsured. For more information, please see our Financial Assistance page.
Step #3: Next, a therapist will meet with your child and family (as appropriate) to do an “assessment.” This will take about an hour and is what the therapist uses to make recommendations for the services most appropriate for your child at this time.
Step #4: After the assessment, your specialized, highly-trained team of Youth Dynamics professionals will begin working with your child and family.
What are some typical mental health challenges Youth Dynamics can help with?
There are many behavioral and mental health challenges we can help with. Among them are:
- acting out
- problems with authority
- difficulty in school
- difficulty with peers
- poor attention span
- wetting the bed
- no plans for the future
- thoughts of doing harm to themselves
We also provide many mental health treatment resources for children who have been affected by abuse, neglect, and/or trauma. Youth Dynamics also offers mental health treatment for other behavioral issues, including substance abuse and children with issues related to sexual abuse and sexually reactive behavior.
Where are Youth Dynamics' mental health care services available in Montana?
Youth Dynamics provides mental health services out of our Billings, Boulder, Bozeman, Butte, Colstrip, Glasgow, Glendive, Great Falls, Hamilton, Helena, Havre, Kalispell, Malta, Miles City, Missoula, Polson, Shelby, and Wolf Point locations. We travel to outlying communities within 60 miles of one of our Community Offices to provide direct mental health care to families. If you are not sure which office to connect with, please contact us online or call 1-877-458-7022 and we would be happy to help.
How do I pay for my child's mental health care needs?
Youth Dynamics accepts HMK Plus (Medicaid), HMK (CHIP), some private insurance plans, and offers a sliding fee scale option. See financial assistance for more information.
What's the difference between mental health, emotional health, and behavioral health?
Behavioral health services include emotional and mental health treatment. We work with children to address specific behaviors while also treating emotional challenges, ways of thinking, and decision-making. We also offer specialized services, such as substance use treatment and transitional independent living skills.