Clinical Services

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!

Are you at your wits end? We may be able to help…

All families face difficult behavioral and emotional issues. These issues can lead to frustration, hopelessness, and stress for all involved. While there is no magic formula to tell us what help a child needs, this quick questionnaire can offer some guidance.

Changed eating habits or sleep patterns?

Started hurting/teasing siblings, other children, or animals? 

Exhibited unusual behaviors that concern you?
Experienced trauma, such as death of a family member, violence, or abuse?

Had problems at school? 

Received mental health services (school, a physician, etc.)?
Done harm to him/herself?
Increasingly been a cause of frustration or preoccupied thoughts?



Caregiver Support & Education

Parenting is hard in general, and parenting a child with behavioral and mental health issues can be exhausting. At Youth Dynamics parents are not alone. Our care managers can meet with caregivers on a regular basis and listen to their concerns and struggles. Care managers can work with parents to trouble shoot difficult behaviors and help them to build new parenting skills while brainstorming new approaches. At the same time care managers can work with children to help them build coping skills to thrive in their home and community.


Respite Care

Parenting a child struggling with their mental health is both rewarding and exhausting. It is important for parents and caregivers to be able to take a break for their own well-being. At Youth Dynamics, all of our parents that participate in our family support program are entitled to 48 hours of free respite every month. Youth Dynamics has a team of well-trained respite providers across the state that is ready to provide respite in their homes. Youth who participate in the respite program tend to really enjoy it as well, becoming close to the families that they do respite with every month.

Youth Case Management: Service Coordination & Advocacy

It is not uncommon for parents and caregivers to feel stigmatized in the community and have trouble getting access to the mental health care they need. We can work with a family to advocate for them in the community. A case manager is an advocate to guide parents or guardians in maneuvering through the mental health system helping them access the most appropriate health care for their child and family.

Therapeutic Mentor Program (FSA Program)

Our therapeutic mentors work with youth helping them develop the skills to thrive in the community. Mentors work with youth on developing healthy coping skills, practicing effective social skills, learning constructive behaviors, and much more. This service is available to youth in the community, at school, and in the home environment.

Substance Use Treatment

Our substance use disorder program is designed for youth who are struggling with drug or alcohol problems or co-occurring substance abuse and mental health issues. This program focuses on the family dynamics of addiction, as well as providing youth with practical tools so they can make strong, healthy decisions.


Therapeutic Youth Group Homes

Youth Dynamics has group home care in four Montana communities (Billings, Boulder, Great Falls and Helena) and provides a variety of mental health services through these homes. If you would like information about Residential Care, please call for the best options for your child.


Therapy Services

Individual, family, and group therapy is provided by a qualified mental health professional. Therapy is offered in all areas and our therapists travel to provide services to remote areas.

Equine Therapy

Available intermittently through community partners in select locations, this program offers equine-assisted therapy and therapeutic animal interaction. Youth enjoy recreation time with horses, as well as helping with their care and upkeep.


Supervised Visits

Provides confidential, supportive, safe environment for families to work on: communication, relationships, and fair, objective treatment goals.

Medication Management

Psychiatric assessments, consultation, and monitoring of psychiatric medications provided by a psychiatrist or trained nurse-practitioner.

Transitional Living Skills

A transition skills training and support program, where a professional team provides intensive support to a youth living in his/her own apartment. Over a period of months, the teen works closely with the team members to build skills for self sufficiency as they transition into adulthood. Teens often thrive on the program’s independence.

Foster Care

Mental health care services and support are provided in a home setting with trained foster parents under the direction and with support of our clinical staff. An integrated wraparound team supports the child and foster family. Permanency planning is promoted through family reunification efforts, adoption, emancipation and independent living.

Day Treatment

An alternative education setting for youth who need access to mental health services and support throughout their school day. Community-based certified teachers giving each child the best opportunity to learn year-round.

Services for Youth with Highly Sexualized Behaviors

A variety of group and individual services available for Youth at our Boulder AYA location, including treatment provided by a MSOTA certified therapist.


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!

  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 or visit our locations page here to connect with an office near you.

  3. 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 sliding fee scale for uninsured. For more information, please see financial assistance.

  5. 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.

  7. After the assessment, your specialized, highly-trained team of Youth dynamics professions will begin working with your child and family.

What are some typical mental health problems you can help with ?

There are many behavioral and mental health problems we can help with. Among them are:

  • acting out
  • problems with authority
  • difficulty in school
  • difficulty with peers
  • fighting
  • shyness
  • poor attention span
  • anger
  • violence
  • isolation
  • nightmares
  • wetting the bed
  • anxiety
  • nervousness
  • sadness
  • 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 highly-sexualized behavior.

Where are Youth Dynamics' mental health care services available in Montana?

Youth Dynamics has mental health services in Billings, Boulder, Bozeman, Butte, Colstrip, Dillon, Glasgow, Glendive, Great Falls, Hamilton, Helena, Havre, Kalispell, Libby, Livingston, Malta, Miles City, Missoula, Shelby, and Wolf Point. We can travel to outlying communities within 60 miles of a Youth Dynamics office to provide direct mental health care to families. If you are not sure which office to call, please contact us at 1-877-458-4908 and we would be happy to help.

How do I pay for the mental health care to help my child needs?

Youth Dynamics accepts HMK Plus (Medicaid), HMK (CHIP), some private insurance plans, and offers a sliding fee scale option for some families. 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 behavioral problems, while also treating emotional issues, ways of thinking, and decision making. We also offer specialized services, such as substance abuse treatment and independent living skills.

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