Intermountain to continue residential program in Helena until Nov. 30

An agreement has been reached between Intermountain and families of children with behavioral health issues who are in a residential program with a commitment by Intermountain to continue the program through Nov. 30, attorneys involved in the negotiations said Friday.

Attorneys with Graybill Law Firm, Upper Seven Law and Crowley Fleck PLLP said in an email the decision was reached following negotiations between the families and Intermountain.

“Today’s agreement is an essential first step for the safety and well-being of Intermountain’s most vulnerable clients, but hard work will be required to avoid closure after November 30,” the parties who released the email said. “For the families involved, the agreement is a continued commitment from Intermountain and its residential staff that their kids will be safe and cared for appropriately.”

They noted that many of these children have improved greatly during their treatment, and families expressed concern about the closure’s effect on their children’s progress and the unavailability of suitable alternatives.  

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Intermountain announced Sept. 1 it was closing its residential program, saying that as of Sept. 22 it would not have enough staff to cover shifts at its two residential cottages.

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