Mental Health Center

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Mental Health Center is located in Billings, Montana. Mental Health Center manages issues of stress, grief, anxiety, chemical dependency and other addictions. Mental Health Center professionals specialize in promoting all areas of mental wellness.

Mental Health Center Focus:

Mental Health

Mental Health Treatment Centers focus on helping individuals recover from mental illnesses like bipolar disorder, clinical depression, anxiety disorders, schizophrenia, and more. Mental health professionals at these facilities are trained to understand and treat mental health issues, both in individual and group settings.

Dual Diagnosis/Co-Occurring Disorders Treatment

Many of those suffering from addiction also suffer from mental or emotional illnesses like schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression, or anxiety disorders. Rehab and other substance abuse facilities treating those with a dual diagnosis or co-occurring disorder administer psychiatric treatment to address the person’s mental health issue in addition to drug and alcohol rehabilitation.

Rehab Services:

Psychotropic Medication

Psychotropic medications (aka psychodynamic medication) are any medicines used specifically to affect and/or alter a patient’s mind, emotions, and behaviors. Such psychiatric medicines are often used to change chemical levels in the brain that impact a person’s mood and behavior. These medications include mood stabilizers, antidepressants, anti-ADHD drugs, and anti-anxiety medications.

What does Mental Health Center offer?

Intensive Outpatient (IOP)

Intensive Outpatient programs are for those who want or need a very structured treatment program but who also wish to live at home and continue with certain responsibilities (such as work or school). IOP substance abuse treatment programs vary in duration and intensity, and certain outpatient rehab centers will offer individualized treatment programs.

Outpatient (OP)

Good therapy stems from a desire to improve life's circumstances within a safe and confidential environment. Outpatient Services provides counseling, psychotherapy and evaluation for individuals in need of mental health care. The Mental Health Center office consists of eleven therapists offering services in Billings at 1245 North 29th Street as well as in other communities throughout the region.

Residential (inpatient) Treatment

Residential Services is a part of the Community Support Services Division of the Mental Health Center. These services include several types of residential settings that range from structured and supervised to fully independent living. It is the hope of the Residential Services Programs that each individual who participates in services will be prepared for independent living to the best of their ability; that they will gain stability through education and treatment; and that they will feel positive and empowered about their future. Cooperative living is another type of supportive service made available to individuals by the Mental Health Center. The Mental Health Center offers this alternative housing option to people who are actively involved in their treatment and who will benefit from living with others. Residence in an MHC cooperative living setting is based on each individual's level of responsibility, social function, availability and ability to pay.

Treatment Types:

Individualized Treatment

Certain drug and alcohol rehab centers have standard treatment regimes they expect all patients to follow. Others offer individualized treatment, meaning they tailor treatment to a person’s specific background and needs. For example, a rehab facility may adjust a treatment program to take into account the type of drug or addiction from which the person suffers, their age, medical condition(s), religious beliefs, or lifestyle.

Family Program

Research clearly demonstrates that recovery is far more successful and sustainable when loved ones like family members participate in rehab and substance abuse treatment. Genetic factors may be at play when it comes to drug and alcohol addiction, as well as mental health issues. Family dynamics often play a critical role in addiction triggers, and if properly educated, family members can be a strong source of support when it comes to rehabilitation.

Aftercare Support

Completing a drug or alcohol rehab program shouldn’t spell the end of substance abuse treatment. Aftercare involves making a sustainable plan for recovery, including ongoing support. This can include sober living arrangements like halfway houses, career counseling, and setting a patient up with community  programs like Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) or Narcotics Anonymous (NA).

Therapies Offered:

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a therapy modality that focuses on the relationship between one's thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. It is used to establish and allow for healthy responses to thoughts and feelings (instead of unhealthy responses, like using drugs or alcohol). CBT has been proven effective for recovering addicts of all kinds, and is used to strengthen a patient's own self-awareness and ability to self-regulate. CBT allows individuals to monitor their own emotional state, become more adept at communicating with others, and manage stress without needing to engage in substance abuse.

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a modified form of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), a treatment designed to help people understand and ultimately affect the relationship between their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. DBT is often used for individuals who struggle with self-harm behaviors, such as self-mutilation (cutting) and suicidal thoughts, urges, or attempts. It has been proven clinically effective for those who struggle with out-of-control emotions and mental health illnesses like Borderline Personality Disorder.

Individual Therapy

In individual therapy, a patient meets one-on-one with a trained psychologist or counselor. Therapy is a pivotal part of effective substance abuse treatment, as it often covers root causes of addiction, including challenges faced by the patient in their social, family, and work/school life.

Trauma Therapy

Trauma therapy addresses traumatic incidents from a client's past that are likely affecting their present-day experience. Trauma is often one of the primary triggers and potential causes of addiction, and can stem from child sexual abuse, domestic violence, having a parent with a mental illness, losing one or both parents at a young age, teenage or adult sexual assault, or any number of other factors. The purpose of trauma therapy is to allow a patient to process trauma and move through and past it, with the help of trained and compassionate mental health professionals.

Group Therapy

Group therapy is any therapeutic work that happens in a group (not one-on-one). There are a number of different group therapy modalities, including support groups, experiential therapy, psycho-education, and more. Group therapy involves treatment as well as processing interaction between group members.

Experiential Therapy

Experiential therapy is a form of therapy in which clients are encouraged to surface and work through subconscious issues by engaging in real-time experiences. Experiential therapy departs from traditional “talk therapy” by involving the body, and having clients engage in activities, movements, and physical and emotional expression. This can involve role-play or using props (which can include other people). Experiential therapy can help people process trauma, memories, and emotion quickly, deeply, and in a lasting fashion, leading to substantial and impactful healing.

Life Skills

Life skills trainings involve all the skills a person must have in order to function successfully in the world. These include time management, career guidance, money management, and effective communication. Truly successful addiction recovery is based on the ability to not only live substance-free, but to thrive. Life skills teaches the practical necessities of functioning in society, which sets clients up for success in life, and therefore sobriety.

Mental Health Center Highlights:

The Medical department has one Board Certified Psychiatrist; two Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners; and one Psychiatric Nurse. The Medical department provides psychiatric evaluations and psychiatric medications management. Clients are seen in the office during regular working hours, and for those in rural areas, telemedicine technology may be utilized. The Mental Health Center Medical staff also provides services in Lame Deer through Indian Health Services, as well as providing psychiatric services at the Montana Mental Health Nursing Facility in Lewistown.
Journey Recovery consistently provides professional and confidential services for those in the community who deal with the dysfunction that comes with addiction and co-occurring disorders. They provide chemical dependency evaluations to determine diagnoses as well as appropriate treatment, up to and including residential treatment if necessary.
Prime for Life is specifically intended for those who are court ordered to the ACT program due to a Driving Under the Influence (DUI), Miscellaneous Dangerous Drugs (MDD) and repeat Minor In Possessions (MIP). They also offer an MIP classes for first and second offenses. Their services are of value to help those suffering with addiction and co-occurring disorders learn new coping skills to aide them in their recovery.
The PACT team is a community based treatment team that provides services to individuals with severe and persistent mental illness. Their PACT team at the mental health center consists of a psychiatrist, nurse, therapist, addictions counselor, case managers, rehab aide and a peer support specialist. The treatment team works together for maximum effectiveness by having daily treatment team meetings.
The PACT team provides a variety of groups and activities throughout the week to assist in overall wellness. Clients can choose to participate in CD groups, support groups, wellness groups, shopping groups, bowling groups, nutrition groups and movie groups. They also have a vocational component through which clients have access to a counselor and work toward employment and/or continuing education.
Targeted Case Management is available to qualifying adults who need assistance to live successfully in their community. Common activities are working with clients to access community resources such as food stamps, housing, rental assistance, entitlement programs such Social Security benefits and medical/medication coverage. Although TCM focuses on meeting the individuals community living needs, it is vitally important that the client be actively involved in the process of case management, taking responsibility for his/her own life to the best of their ability and are expected to make at least 50% of their client contacts outside Mental Health Center facilities.
Residential Services also offers fully independent living apartment settings to Mental Health Center clients who have stabilized and are self-sufficient. The three apartments available are two bedroom units with kitchen appliances including dishwashers and have a common laundry area. A rental deposit is required at the time of lease-up as is the first months rent. Section 8 rental assistance is accepted if the rental amount falls within the Section 8 guidelines.


  • Men and Women Allowed
  • Facility for Adults and Young Adults
  • Smoking is allowed as part of the treatment
  • Hearing impaired friendly facility


  • Sliding Fee Scale
  • Private Health Insurance plans accepted
  • Medicaid may cover part or all of your addiction treatment costs.
  • Medicare rehab coverage
  • State financed or Low cost Treatment
  • Treatment financing available
  • Cash payments accepted

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