Residential Services

Ages Served:
Persons age 18 and older
Description of Services Provided:
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.

MHC Group Home:

operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week

has a maximum capacity of eight adults with beds for four male residents and four female residents

primarily serves individuals who have been hospitalized in a local psychiatric facility or Montana State Hospital but also accepts referrals from other agencies

transitional placement for individuals with severe disabling mental illness that provides services that are billed to Medicaid the individual responsible for costs for room and board

employs a team of qualified clinical staff who supervise and facilitate residents' access to services in the community while teaching daily living skills to empower future independence in the community

assists individuals with medication management

staff create individualized treatment plans by working with the resident's treatment team who in turn assist with discharge planning by locating appropriate post-group home stay treatment and housing

provides residential treatment based on each individual's diagnosis and discharge criteria which are crucial in deciding what length of stay is considered necessary; length of stay may differ based on each individual's diagnosis and discharge criteria.

Cooperative Living Settings: 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.

Each resident pays a small deposit fee and the first months rent at the time of lease-up. The rental fee includes all utilities and household supplies. Each resident is responsible for purchasing their own personal hygiene products and food items.

Although this type of setting requires the individual to live independently with other residents, the Residential Team Lead and case managers are available to assist with problem solving. A weekly meeting of residents, the Residential Team Lead and sometimes other treatment personnel, is held to ensure that residents have a place to bring maintenance concerns and house issues.

Independent Living: 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.