Chemical Dependency Treatment The Chemical Dependency program offers a therapeutic milieu for youth who are court ordered to complete CD treatment, or who are found to meet diagnostic criteria for substance dependency issues following intake testing at Pine Hills. The CD program focuses on group sessions using Seeking Safety - an evidence-based, present-focused counseling model to help youth attain safety from trauma and/or substance abuse. Groups are facilitated by licensed addiction counselors and the program generally takes six to eight months for youth to complete. Youth who take part in the CD program also engage in casework centered on addressing the dynamic needs identified at intake. Emphasis is placed on healthy lifestyle development and relapse/recidivism prevention. Sexual Offender Treatment The Sexual Offender Treatment program offers a therapeutic milieu for youth who are court ordered to complete sexual offender treatment. The program reflects the current standards of treatment and assessment set by the Montana Sexual Offender Association (MSOTA). Honesty and accountability are the focus of treatment compliance. Each youth experiences at least one polygraph exam to assess levels of disclosures made in treatment, usually occurring after the first six months of therapy. Treatment is led by an MSOTA member and licensed professional counselor, using Dr. Phil Rich’s Stages of Accomplishment treatment curriculum. Based on levels of involvement in the group and facility settings, the program generally takes a youth 12-24 months to complete. evidence-based programming All youth who arrive at Pine Hills are assessed and screened for risk, strengths and needs. An individual case plan is built for each youth to help address his unique situation, including interactive journaling using the “Forward Thinking” journaling series. Youth also participate in “Thinking for Change,” a cognitive-behavioral curriculum developed by the National Institute of Corrections that concentrates on changing the criminogenic thinking of offenders. Pine Hills also requires youth to attend “Dialectical Behavior Therapy” skills group (DBT) to help address and treat youth who display symptoms of trauma, mood disorders, and personality disorders. Its skills-based groups work well with youth who have been experienced multiple treatments and are still struggling. Counseling Center Youth placed in Pine Hills are tested and screened in Pine Hills new Counseling Center that is located on the secure side of the facility. The Counseling Center is staffed by the facility addiction and mental health staff that include licensed therapists, licensed addiction counselors and a licensed Psychologist. The center provides a forum for youth to engage in comprehensive intake testing that includes: academic testing, mental health and CD screening, and identification of treatment plan area of needs and development. Additionally, the center provides a therapeutic space for youth to engage in one to one and group sessions with clinical staff. The center provides a “non-institutional” setting that is conducive to a variety of therapeutic styles and programming for the kids.Education EDUCATION Pine Hills is accredited by the Montana Board of Education and offers classes 12 months a year. Programs in Life Skills and Technical Education prepare students for life outside of Pine Hills. We offer Diploma or GED options and have Special Education programs available to students as well. All areas of life at Pine Hills involve the Earned Incentive Program (EIP). EIP is based on the youth’s behavior and progress toward treatment objectives. This provides the youth with regular feedback on his behavior within the controlled environment of the facility, daily and long term. A menu of specific expectations and earned privileges is attached to each EIP step. Restitution Pine Hills provides on and off grounds community service/restitution opportunities. Part of the restitution program includes education in vocational skills, construction practices, safety training and employment skills.