Increased Precautions We're Taking in Response to COVID-19

LAST UPDATED ON 03/15/2021

As updates on the impact of the coronavirus continue to be released, we want to take a moment to inform you of the heightened preventative measures we have put in place at Altacare of Montana to keep our patients, their families, and our employees safe. All efforts are guided by and in adherence to the recommendations distributed by the CDC.

Please note that for the safety of our patients, their families, and our staff, there are certain restrictions in place regarding on-site visitation at Altacare of Montana.

  • These restrictions have been implemented in compliance with updated corporate and state regulations to further reduce the risks associated with COVID-19.
  • Options for telehealth visitation are continuously evaluated so that our patients can remain connected to their loved ones.
  • Alternate methods of communication for other services may be offered when deemed clinically appropriate.

For specific information regarding these changes and limitations, please contact us directly.

CDC updates are consistently monitored to ensure that all guidance followed is based on the latest information released.

  • All staff receives ongoing infection prevention and control training.
  • Thorough disinfection and hygiene guidance is provided.
  • Patient care supplies such as masks and hand sanitizer are monitored and utilized.
  • Temperature and symptom screening protocols are in place for all patients and staff.
  • Social distancing strategies have been implemented to ensure that patients and staff maintain proper distance from one another at all times.
  • Cleaning service contracts have been reviewed for additional support.
  • Personal protective equipment items are routinely checked to ensure proper and secure storage.
  • CDC informational posters are on display to provide important reminders on proper infection prevention procedures.

The safety of our patients, their families, and our employees is our top priority, and we will remain steadfast in our efforts to reduce any risk associated with COVID-19.

The CDC has provided a list of easy tips that can help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and then immediately dispose of the tissue.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces that are frequently touched.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.

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For Educators

Collaboration is an essential component of helping a child or adolescent heal from a mental or behavioral health condition. At Altacare, we partner with schools throughout Montana as we work to support students and families throughout the state.

Partnerships with Schools: Altacare’s Model

Learn how Altacare partners with Montana schools

At Altacare, we are pleased to partner with schools throughout Montana to deliver on-site therapeutic services in the educational environment. Elementary, middle, and high schools throughout our state have adopted a tiered model of behavioral support that is based on Montana Behavioral Institute (MBI) programming. This means that all students learn about expectations for appropriate behavior at school through consistent modeling, instruction, and positive reinforcement. Most students respond to primary and secondary interventions like classroom lessons from their school counselor on social skills, small groups focused on making friends, mentorship opportunities, or short-term individual counseling sessions with their school counselor.

But students who have an untreated mental health concern often require additional support in the learning environment. These children and teens might have a psychiatric condition that significantly impacts their ability to access their education. Their therapeutic needs are typically beyond what school staff is able to address or treat in the classroom. Altacare is a tertiary intervention designed to meet the needs of these students in the school setting.

Who We Serve

Who qualifies for Altacare’s services?

In order to qualify for Altacare’s services, students must meet our diagnostic criteria and must have exhausted less intensive supports available to them at their school. Some of the most common disorders we treat include:

  • Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and trauma
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Depression
  • Child and parent relational problems

Eligible students must reside in the appropriate school district and must be currently enrolled at their designated regular school building, or have a permissive transfer granted. At this time, Altacare is pleased to accept Blue Cross Blue Shield of Montana, Healthy Montana Kids, and Medicaid. Unfortunately, we are unable to accept students with a conduct disorder diagnosis or a substance use disorder diagnosis.

Our Programming

Details of treatment with Altacare

Altacare’s therapeutic teams consist of licensed or license-eligible mental health counselors and behavioral intervention specialists. These professionals deliver on-site therapeutic interventions at our clients’ schools and coordinate with school staff to integrate these services appropriately. Our services are designed to meet the needs of each student within our care and may include:

  • Individual therapy two times per month
  • Family therapy once per month
  • Therapeutic process groups two times per month
  • Psychoeducational groups three times per month
  • Behavioral support in the school setting (in the classroom, cafeteria, playground, etc.)
  • Psychiatric consultation
  • Referral to additional community resources
  • Crisis intervention
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Together We Can Change Lives

The most rewarding part of being a therapist at Altacare of Montana is seeing kids grow into who they’re supposed to be rather than letting their disorder control their path.

– Current Therapist