A Premier Inpatient Mental Health Facility in Montana 

Our inpatient mental health facility in Marion, Montana, offers short-term residential treatmentperfect for adolescents and teens struggling with behavioral health and substance abuse issues. Our program’s 500-acre ranch in the breathtaking mountains of Montana provides a peaceful, serene setting for your son, daughter, and family to reflect and grow. This campus-based location, next to the Pleasant Valley Fisher River, features outdoor therapeutic activities, dorm living, a weight and fitness room, yoga, an indoor basketball court, and more. 

For adolescent and teen girls and boys struggling with school refusal, anxiety, depression, substance abuse, suicidal ideation, and other mental health issues, the earlier they’re diagnosed, the more effective inpatient treatment can be. Identifying concerning behaviors and symptoms early on and implementing a course of care and specialized treatment can prevent further and more severe problems from developing as youths grow into adults. 

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Mental Health and Substance Abuse Treatment at Our Montana Facility

At our program, we believe that substance abuse and substance addiction co-occur alongside many mental health issues. For troubled adolescents and teens struggling with these challenges, our inpatient facility offers substance abuse counseling through recovery programs that provide simultaneous education and recovery for addictions that develop alongside mental illnesses. Our inpatient behavioral health and substance abuse treatment options help adolescents and teens understand how to navigate their way through difficult drug and alcohol issues while overcoming conditions like anxiety and depression.  

Conditions We Treat 

Inpatient Treatment and Therapies Offered

Our facility's mental health services are highly recognized. Specialized inpatient treatments and areas of focus at our Montana location include:

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Insurance Reimbursement 

Short-term residential treatment at our facility is frequently reimbursed by insurance plans. To determine if your plan will cover the cost of inpatient care, contact our team or fill out ourinsurance verification form. We’ll work with your insurance company for free to help you understand your benefits. Let us help you demystify insurance coverage for short-term residential treatment. 

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Short-Term Residential Treatment Serving Youths From Montana and Across the Country

Our treatment center offers coed short-term residential care and support for adolescents and teens who may be struggling with behavioral health issues. Our inpatient facility is proud to offer youths and families in Montana and around the country customized mental health treatment from clinicians who use evidence-based methods. Adolescents and teens enrolled in our program are provided with care for issues like anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, and more in a healing, nurturing environment so they can overcome the challenges that may be affecting their everyday lives. 

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A Day at Our Inpatient Program

Our treatment center offers a structured, supportive learning environment designed to promote healing, self-care, and emotional wellness. The schedule for youths enrolled in our Montana residential facility includes mental health and daily living activities, individual and group therapy, exercise, and meals. This approach, in combination with family therapy, is designed to build confidence, strengthen relationships, and improve social-emotional functioning. 

7am
Breakfast

8:30am
School

12:30pm
Lunch

1:30pm
Group support

3pm
Therapy

4pm
Fitness

6pm
Dinner

7pm
Social Night

8pm
Evening routine

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Therapeutic and Adventure Therapy Activities

In addition to traditional therapy methods, our residential treatment center’s beautiful location near Whitefish, Montana, will allow your adolescent or teen to participate in therapeutic and experiential activities like rock climbing and hiking. We also offer therapeutic trips to picturesque areas such as Glacier National Park, a short two-hour drive from our program. These activities will help your child learn how to apply the skills learned on campus in real-world environments while also learning healthy and appropriate ways to enjoy life. 

Here are some examples of activities adolescents and teens can participate in at our Montana location: 

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Emotional

Animal interactions

Painting

Pottery

Band and music production

Poetry

Equine therapy

 

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Physical

White water rafting

Strength training

Basketball

Marathon Running

Soccer

Indoor climbing

State park outdoor activities

Horseback riding

Mountain biking

Snowshoeing

Snowboarding and skiing

Hiking

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Social

Karaoke

Service projects

Baking

Gardening

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Museums

Movie theatres

Cultural events

Aquarium/zoo

Attending plays

Improv workshops

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Spiritual

Yoga

Sound bath

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Embark Inpatient Program in Montana FAQ

During short-term residential treatment, at our beautiful center in Montana, adolescents and teens will participate in a schedule of activities centered around treating mental health conditions and healing. Some of the benefits of short-term care at Embark are that it’s more affordable than long-term care, the 90-day average length of stay means young people can more quickly transition back into life at home, and it’s frequently reimbursed by insurance. 

The main differences between our short-term care and a typical inpatient treatment program are the treatment environment and length of stay. Our beautiful location in Marion provides adolescents and teens with residential treatment in a healing, nurturing setting and a schedule that mirrors home life but with therapy mixed in throughout the day. Inpatient treatment usually takes place in a hospital environment. Our facility also provides a longer treatment time, lasting around 90 days on average compared to an inpatient hospitalization stay that often lasts for several days. 

The length of treatment differs for each adolescent and teen, but on average, short-term care at our Montana center lasts around 90 days. 

Adolescents and teens from all over the United States can come to our beautiful facility for the intensive 24-hour care it can provide for a wide range of mental health and substance abuse issues. For youths who have safety issues or a lack of support at home or who need a high level of care after an inpatient hospitalization or outpatient treatment, our short-term residential treatment center can be a good option. 

Our residential treatment is necessary when your adolescent or teen’s mental health needs are too great for outpatient care or when they’re stepping down in treatment intensity, for example from an inpatient hospitalization program. Short-term care can also be a good option if someone feels unsafe at home or is trying to break out of a negative daily routine. 

It can be hard for adolescents and teens to think about or accept going to a short-term residential treatment center to address their difficult mental health issues. Help motivate your child to embrace this type of treatment by asking open-ended questions about their situation and how this experience could improve it. Reassure them you’ll provide support by participating in family therapy during their stay and maintaining regular communication with them while they’re at the facility. Share success stories from short-term residential treatment programs. We’re happy to provide a few testimonials from our Embark locations. 

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Our Team

David Chiarito

Position: Executive Director

Executive Director

MS Experiential Education, Minnesota State University, Mankato, MN BS Outdoor Recreation, Unity College, ME

Prior to assuming the role as Executive Director at Embark at Flathead Valley, David served as Director of Outreach for six years. David has been working in the therapeutic field for over twenty years. He began his career in wilderness therapy in the mid-1990’s and has since worked with adolescents, young adults and their families in a variety of contexts. Over the years, David has balanced his therapeutic work with a healthy tenure of recreational guiding including whitewater rafting, kayaking, and fly fishing.  David has been with Embark at Flathead Valley since the Spring of 2016. What makes you happy about working at Embark at Flathead Valley? Working with young folks has always been my passion. Regardless of the context, I enjoy the perspective of young folks and enjoy encouraging them to see a world full of opportunity. What are your interests outside of work? In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my wife and two boys doing all of the outdoor activities Montana has to offer.

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Executive Director

As Executive Director at Embark at Flathead Valley, David Chiarito...

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Lynn Marshall

Position: Clinical Director

Clinical Director

PsyD, Clinical Psychology, Argosy University Emphasis in Child & Adolescent Development

Since the beginning of her career, Lynn has been focused on child and adolescent development. She specializes in psychological assessment, differential diagnosis, and trauma-informed care, in addition to having specific training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy, parent-child psychotherapy, and suicide assessment. Lynn uses a strength-based approach to meet the individual needs of neurodiverse learners who may also experience anxiety, depression, ADHD, OCD, substance abuse or other forms of maladaptive coping. Lynn focuses on the importance of developing authentic relationships to strengthen personal character, purpose, and emotional maturity. She appreciates the challenge of understanding each student’s unique life story and uses her optimism, passion, humor, and kindness to help find the key components that can support students in building a life they want to live. What makes you happy about working at Embark at Flathead Valley? Embark at Flathead Valley provides an opportunity for me to be part of the students’ everyday routines and interactions. Seeing the students function in multiple environments allows me to build a deep understanding of their strengths and areas of need. Using that knowledge I can create growth experiences within a multidisciplinary team that can be implemented and practiced in all areas of functioning.  The short-term residential environment offers a unique perspective, as a therapist, to see a student’s functioning in real-time and provide in-the-moment strategies to support the students in utilizing healthy skills. What are your interests outside of work? I love being outside; exploring and adventuring with my husband, son, and daughter. Some of our favorite activities are skiing, rock climbing, hiking, mountain biking, swimming, and traveling. I also enjoy relaxing with a good book and learning new things.
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Lynn Marshall

Clinical Director

Lynn Marshall has been focused on child and adolescent development...

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Anne Barrier

Position: Program Director

BA Psychology, Recreation Management

Certifications: Clinical First Responder Motivational Interviewing Leave No Trace Instructor

Anne Barrier started her career working with youth and their families with The North Carolina Outward Bound School: Florida At-Risk Wilderness Programs— where she worked in logistics and later as a Family Coordinator and the Admissions Specialist. During her time with Outward Bound, she gained family-centered perspectives through working with parents and teenagers together. Anne worked in Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming as a Recreation Park Ranger with the Youth Conservation Corps before making her way to the Flathead Valley to work with Embark at Flathead Valley. What makes you happy about working at Embark at Flathead Valley? My favorite part of working at Embark at Flathead Valley are the moments when you get to reflect back to the students the good that you see in them and in their journey that they aren’t always seeing. “Holding the hope!” What are your interests outside of work? You can find me playing with my two miniature Australian Shepherds, Banjo and Mabel, exploring new places, fishing, playing the banjo, skiing in the snowy months, or chasing mountain streams!
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Anne Barrier

Program Director

As program director at Embark at Flathead Valley, Anne Barrier...

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Amy Zink

Position: Operations Director

Operations Director

Education: AAS, Office Technology, Flathead Valley Community College AA, Business Management, Flathead Valley Community College BSLS, Management and Organizational Communication, Montana State University

Amy has been working as a Business Administrator since before she graduated college (20+ years).  Amy started as an Administrative Assistant and after  5 years, became the Business Manager and a few years after that joined the Leadership Team. What makes you happy about working at Embark at Flathead Valley? I love working in an environment where I see and feel a purpose. I love watching the transformation of the students while they are here. What are your interests outside of work? My daughter’s and I barrel race and love riding horses. We enjoy just about anything outdoors; camping and kayaking being at the top of our list.
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Amy Zink

Operations Director

Operations Director at Embark at Flathead Valley, Amy Zink, is...

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Reviews

Marcus Heckman
Marcus Heckman
01:01 28 Sep 22
We love Embark at Flathead Valley! Their program saved our daughter. The staff loves each of the kids and nurtures them from the moment they arrive until they are truly ready to return home. and the LIFE COACHES....their title is truly appropriate. We are so thankful that our daughter had this experience and we are forever in their debt.
Syd Riva-clement
Syd Riva-clement
21:49 28 Aug 22
I had a wonderful experience at Embark at Flathead valley. The people were accommodating, and very thoughtful. I was there as a client and the people are wonderful, all the staff including but not limited to the clinical staff and life coaches. They were kind and gentle when ever i needed a break. but also pushed me and made me strive to do my best. i came in very angry and depressed and i left as new person. Because of embark i have grown so much, i am now able to do so much more and have a much more open mind
ally petersen
ally petersen
16:23 24 Aug 22
In early of this year I went to Embark at Flathead Valley. Let me tell you how it changed my life and why to choose Embark for you Child.As a teen struggling with mental health was always a given to me. After multiple hospital visits, inpatients, and intense therapy I felt so hopeless. My whole family was affected by my lack of not trying; not trying in school and not trying at life. This caused my family to fall apart. I felt like my life was going to continue being this way forever. Forever painful and never being able to experience normal things. Until Embark.When I was approached with the thought of flying across the USA with all my stuff, living in a completely new space, interacting with people I didn’t know, and being in a completely different environment so far away from my family, friends, and cat (this was very important to mention) I was in complete disagreement. I didn’t want to do this. But my parents gave me no choice. And i’m so thankful that they had pushed me to do this.The first day at Embark was so unexpected. As I first arrived and interacted with the staff I was so surprised. They were so kind and welcoming. As I met my peers i was nervous but that quickly changed. Every single staff member was absolutely responsible for helping me grow and change for the better. They took care of every single girl there like they were their own child. It was so much fun every single day talking to the kitchen staff in the morning and having breakfast around people who i am glad to call my friends. It felt like a family. It was a safe place to be myself. It was an amazing way to feel comfortable and happy while at the same time being at to better myself.I cannot talk about Embark without mentioning my therapist. I’m not 100% sure if she would like me to say her name. But let me tell you about her. Everyday when I saw her she greeted me with the biggest smile that instantly put me in a good mood. She truly listened to what I had to say, she worked with me and my family assigning us tasks to complete and topics to discuss that completely changed and brought the bond back to my family. She reminded me how loved I was. She is hands down the sweetest person you will ever met. I am forever greatful for her and everything she helped me do to change me and my families life.In all, I want to thank every single staff member who was responsible for making me who I am today; happy and enjoying life. When i was leaving it felt like leaving my family. Thank you to everyone at Embark at Flathead Valley. I will forever be so grateful for the experience. I will never forget anyone there. So if you ask, “why Embark” that’s why.
Riley Allen
Riley Allen
17:11 10 Aug 22
My own experience at Embark at Flathead Valley was a very positive it help me a lot with suicidal ideation, self-harm, and a lot other negative habits. ive been to a lot of other programs and nothing compares to Embark at Flathead Valley.something that has been different from other programs is it is not a hospital setting and you get a lot more freedom. The therapist and Life Coaches are very helpful to talk to when your in a crisis.
Dani McDonald
Dani McDonald
16:09 02 Aug 22
As a parent, when your child is in crisis you feel completely helpless. You don't know what to do. You listen to countless nurses, doctors, and phycologists and try to find the perfect fit to keep your baby safe. And all the meanwhile having sleepless nights thinking that something horrible might happen. Before going to Embark we had been in and out of hospitals, and partial programs six times. We knew that we needed something different if we were going to be able to keep our child safe.We were presented a whole bunch of places in New York all the way to California. We researched and researched and then we came across Embark.We picked Embark because it was different than everything else we were seeing. They not only have group and individual therapeutic sessions, but they have wilderness therapy, art therapy, EMDR, and other modalities that create healing as a whole. Not to mention the Therapists and Life Coaches are absolutely amazing and knowledgeable.My child is sensitive and shy and the "hospital-like environment" was making things worse. As a parent and having one foot in the therapeutic world I knew that she needed something different and exceptional. And unfortunately, treatment in this capacity has not changed since they first started.Until now!Embark has helped us in so many ways. First in being able to finally breathe knowing that our child would be well taken care of in a Nourishing and Loving environment. That they respect our child and treat her as an individual instead of a number that they need to get out so that they can make room for someone else.I can't stress enough how INCREDIBLE AND LIFE-CHANGING EMBARK is; especially since we were in and out of hospitals and partials 6 times before arriving at Embark.Thank you for all you've done and continue to do for our child. She is a whole new person eager and looking forward to the future because of this Tremendous place!
James Clement
James Clement
18:31 25 May 22
My daughter had a truly transformational stay at Embark at Flathead Valley. The therapeutic team was absolutely first rate—smart, insightful and empathetic; the entire staff—from the kitchen to the barn and the gym—was loving and supportive; the physical setting is beautiful, serene and healing. Sending a child to a residential facility is a huge decision and requires a great deal of trust. David Chiarito, the Executive Director, understands the gravity of the decision and takes the responsibility seriously. He could not have been more patient and accommodating to this very anxious parent. I am grateful to David and the entire team and cannot recommend Embark at Flathead Valley any more highly.
Andrew
Andrew
20:42 19 May 22
This place was absolutely life-changing for my daughter. The staff care like these kids are their very own. From the therapists, life coaches to the kitchen staff - everyone shows up every day to help these troubled teens learn a better way. I am blown away at how truly committed the staff is and the results speak for themselves!
Ben Brown
Ben Brown
01:39 24 Mar 22
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A Continuum of Mental Health Care Offered Across the U.S.

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If short-term residential programs don’t offer the level of care your adolescent or teen needs, Embark Behavioral Health offers a range of exceptional treatment and therapy options across the United States. 

From virtual counseling to outpatient therapy, our robust continuum of care will provide the right level of treatment to help your child overcome difficult mental health challenges.    

Contact us today to learn more about our programs and how they’re changing the lives of adolescents, teens, and young adults across the U.S., helping them embrace a fulfilling and purposeful future.   

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Embark Behavioral Health

9705 Lost Prairie Road 
Marion, MT 59925