ABOUT MISSOULA URBAN INDIAN HEALTH CENTER
Located in the community of Missoula, Mont., Missoula Urban Indian Health Center provides a range of treatment services for the Native American community of Missoula and the surrounding area. The facility offers traditional outpatient and intensive outpatient programs (IOP) for individuals struggling with chemical dependency, as well as psychiatric healthcare services. Although the facility does not provide on-site detoxification services, clinicians can make client referrals to appropriate programs in the area.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
Before beginning treatment, clients participate in an initial substance abuse assessment to determine an appropriate level of care. The facility’s traditional outpatient program involves up to eight hours of programming each week, while the intensive outpatient program (IOP) may consist of up to 30 hours of weekly treatment sessions. The facility’s website states that IOP generally involves nine hours of weekly groups and one hour of individual therapy.
Missoula Urban Indian Health Center’s treatment programs for chemical dependency combines evidence-based treatment approaches with culturally-relevant philosophies and practices. For example, the center utilizes a Twelve Steps for Native Americans treatment model, which blends traditional 12-step tenants with Native American beliefs. Along with an introduction to the 12-step model of recovery, clients also participate in both group and individual counseling sessions. Counseling sessions help facilitate free expression, provide peer support, and improve self-awareness while introducing techniques and skills for relapse prevention.
Along with treatment for chemical dependency, the facility also provides psychiatric screenings and culturally-relevant mental health therapy. According to the facility’s website, individual and group counseling sessions that address mental health concerns are designed to provide “cultural relevance regarding communication, perception, thought process, self-expression and esteem and plan for safety and stability.” Counseling sessions are also designed to support Native Americans transitioning and adjusting to an urban lifestyle.
Although Missoula Urban Indian Health Center specializes in providing culturally-relevant treatment for Native Americans, the facility does accept clients without Native American descent. Transportation and childcare services may be available to clients actively receiving treatment.
The center’s staff is comprised of tribal-affiliated specialists familiar with both Native American values and traditions and evidence-based treatment methods.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
Although Best-rehabs.com has yet to receive alumni feedback to date, secondary sources revealed overall alumni approval.
On the facility’s Facebook page, which the center can manage, the facility earned 4.3 out of five stars  Many positive reviews cited the staff’s friendliness as a facility strength. “Great place. Everyone is so helpful there and friendly,” representative reviewer Ti wrote. Alum Brandy added: “Your programs are awesome. So many positive things for family to do.”
On Google, the facility received 4.2 out of five stars.  In a representative review, alum Tammi wrote: “Good place for native Americans and really give back.”
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
The sole loved one polled by Best-rehabs.com to date disagreed with this positive alumni consensus of the facility, particularly regarding the qualifications of its staff. Offering a poor one out of five-star rating for the facility’s overall effectiveness, the anonymous loved one wrote: “Poor out patient services. Unorganized, unqualified employees.”
Missoula Urban Indian Health Center accepts Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurance; however, clients may be responsible for obtaining any third-party reimbursements. The organization also offers its treatment services on a sliding fee scale, based on the client’s ability to pay.