Intermountain to temporarily close residential program beginning Sept. 22

Intermountain announced Thursday that it would temporarily close its residential program beginning Sept. 22, due to a staffing shortage, saying there would not be enough workers to cover shifts at its cottages and impacting 16 children and 55 employees.

Intermountain’s Residential Leadership Team informed the organization’s Strategic Leadership Team about the situation on Wednesday, which includes Interim CEO Gary Larcenaire, Intermountain officials said in an email, adding they will “rebuild and plan to reopen.”

“At this time, our primary concern is for the 16 children who will be discharged from our program,” Intermountain officials said in an email. “Their wellbeing is our priority.”

“Our second priority is our staff,” officials said. “Currently, there are 55 staff members employed at Intermountain’s residential campus.”

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Intermountain officials on Friday could not say when the program would return.

“The program will reopen once we feel that we have addressed our workforce challenges,” they said.

Intermountain’s residential facility in Helena’s South Hills.

THOM BRIDGE, Independent Record

Intermountain, founded in 1909, provides outpatient services to children, adults

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