Youth Dynamics Awarded Innovation Grant

For Immediate Release


March 16, 2021


Youth Dynamics has been awarded the Innovation Grant by the University of Montana Center for Children, Families and Workforce Development and the Children’s Mental Health Bureau. In an effort to strengthen our services, Youth Dynamics, also known as YDI, will use a portion of this grant to sponsor focus groups to see how we can provide even better care to the youth we serve. Additional grant funding will be used to improve transitional services for clients who are expected to age out of services and will be piloted at our Boulder campus.

Dr. Dennis Sulser, CEO of Youth Dynamics says, “Improving the quality and effectiveness of our services is consistently a high priority at Youth Dynamics.  We are on the cutting edge of implementing trauma informed practices within our agency.  Transitions of care and care-settings will be given considerable attention and the focus of the interventions this grant will allow us to afford.  We are thankful for this opportunity to better serve and improve our trauma informed outcomes.”

Youth Dynamics strives to provide excellent services to the children and families it serves across Montana. Last year almost 2,700 youth received care.

The focus groups will be divided into three categories and will study community services, therapeutic group homes and therapeutic foster care. The groups will be made up of people across the state who volunteer to participate currently enrolled in services or who have previously received services. There will be a total of three meetings for one hour each. Participants will receive a total of $150 per person   according to Clinical Director of Community Services, Moyra Anthony.  

For forty years, Youth Dynamics has been providing mental and behavioral health services to children and their families in an actively caring and trauma sensitive environment. We want to help people realize their full potential. Youth Dynamics welcomes families going through difficult times. When children or teens need help with mental health problems, get into trouble or show signs of withdrawal, we are here for you!

Youth Dynamics is a welcoming place for families — natural, biological, foster, and adoptive. Our goal is to provide mental health treatment for kids with behavioral challenges and offer support and resources to their families. Whether you are already working with us or are looking for help, we are here for you!

We are a Montana non-profit children’s mental health agency.  Providing evidence-based treatment for kids, our staff help families grow and our helpful professionals offer excellent mental health treatment options across Montana. We have 31 locations across the state and, in most cases, serve communities within 60 miles of an office.

At Youth Dynamics, we directly serve hundreds of rural and frontier communities through office and group home locations in Billings, Colstrip, Miles City, Glendive, Wolf Point, Glasgow, Malta, Havre, Great Falls, Shelby, Kalispell, Helena, Boulder, Butte, Dillon, Bozeman, Missoula, Hamilton and Livingston.

Our services include therapy, case management, family education and support, foster and respite care, mentoring, therapeutic youth home care, equine-assisted therapy, substance abuse treatment, independent living skills, as well as services in Boulder, MT, for children with highly sexualized behaviors and/or who have committed sexual offenses.

Grant questions should be directed to Clinical Services Director, Moyra Anthony at 406.245.6539 or emailing: anthonym@youthdynamics.org or Marketing & Communications Officer, Kim Brown at 406.245.6539 or emailing: brownk@youthdynamics.org

For more information visit: www.youthdynamics.org

We Want to Hear Your Voice!

Do you want to earn $150 for 3 hours of your time? If so, we want to hear your voice! We’re asking that current or previously enrolled clients and caregivers participate in a series of three focus groups, each spanning an hour, during the time frame of late April through May.

Are you interested? Let us know your name, child’s name, email, phone number, and the program you are or were enrolled in at YDI. Children 8 years of age or older are also welcome to get involved! Contact us online today to learn more, or reach out directly to Clinical Director Moyra Anthony at anthonym@youthdynamics.org or 406-245-6539.

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