Pathways Treatment Center

Pathways Treatment Center

Pathways Treatment Center, a department of Kalispell Regional Medical Center, located in Kalispell, Montana, began its high standard of care when it opened its doors in 1994. Pathways provides acute inpatient services for Montana clients who have mental health or substance abuse issues.

The 40-bed facility offers clinically effective treatment through the collaborative efforts of a team that includes psychiatrists, addictionologists, certified licensed addiction counselors, licensed therapists, psychiatric nurses and mental health specialists. Each staff member is dedicated to delivering results-oriented treatment in a caring and confidential environment.

An organization known as Mental Health America promotes opportunities to explore options in mental health care. Explore the resources by visiting the MHA website.

Pathways Community Meetings

12-1:30 p.m. Depression Support Group

9 a.m. AA Speaker Meeting

9 a.m. AA Speaker Meeting
8 p.m. NA Meeting

Psychiatric Program

The Pathways psychiatric program is carried out during a short-term stay. It is designed to help people with emotional and psychiatric problems stabilize, receive appropriate medications if needed, learn healthy coping skills and develop effective plans for successful transition back to their communities.

The program includes:
  • Daily meetings with a psychiatrist
  • An assigned counselor
  • Chemical dependency evaluation, if needed
  • Family meetings as indicated
  • Therapeutic services
  • After-care coordination

Inpatient Chemical Dependency

Pathways provides professional referred 24-hour medically monitored detoxification services.

For individuals who are admitted for medically monitored detoxification, services include:
  • Daily visits by a medical physician
  • Around-the-clock nursing monitoring
  • Medication administration by physician order
  • Full therapeutic services, as tolerated by the patient
  • ASAM Level 3.7 (medically monitored intensive inpatient services, as defined by the American Society of Addiction Medicine)

Co-Occurring Disorders

Pathways provides treatment for co-occurring disorders to address both psychological/emotional and chemical dependency issues concurrently. Our staff helps patients identify the interdependent relationships between their mental health and chemical dependency issues.


The adolescent program is conducted in a separate wing of the treatment center from adults. It is designed to assess, stabilize and coordinate ongoing care for adolescents in crisis and their families. Simultaneous capability and case coordination help families, agencies and placements continue ongoing care of the child.

Referral Process

Our intake specialist and clinical staff are available to help you determine the appropriateness for placement at our facility. For more information about the referral process, please call (406) 756-3950.

If you are concerned for yourself or for others and their safety, you can always visit the emergency room.

What to Expect

What Pathways Treatment Center Provides
Pathways Treatment Center provides inpatient hospitalization for psychiatric and/or chemically dependent adults and adolescents in a friendly and professionally staffed medical facility. It is a short-term, acute behavioral health hospital with an average stay of usually less than a week. Lengths of stay vary and are determined after the patient has been evaluated by the treatment team. On admission a registered nurse will work with you through the admission process. You will be seen by medical and/or psychiatric physicians. Your assigned therapist will make every effort to introduce him/herself to you as soon as possible and will act as your counselor and case manager. If you are admitted in the evening you will meet your physicians and therapist the next day. Daily group therapy, life skills and recreational therapy are provided to help you learn more effective coping skills.

Voluntary Admission
If you are coming to Pathways voluntarily you will complete paperwork upon arrival. You may sign a request to leave anytime after your admission, but your psychiatrist has up to five business days to ensure a safe discharge plan for you.

Involuntary Admission or Emergency Detention
If you are coming to Pathways involuntarily this means that you will be required by law to stay here. You will be provided paperwork regarding this, and a court appearance will be scheduled for you. This will not go on a police record, and you are not in any legal trouble. A copy of your patient rights will be provided either by the mental health professional who evaluated you prior to admission or by the nursing staff upon admission. Also, a public defender will be provided for you for any court proceedings.

Personal Belongings
It is best to pack lightly when coming to Pathways. Laundry facilities are available, so please bring a maximum of three changes of clothing and pajamas. Toiletries are available if needed. Valuables are best left at home or with family or friends.

Please note the following restrictions:
  • You will not be allowed to use cell phones or other electronic devices.
  • Belts, lighters, knives, weapons, money and sharp objects are not allowed.
  • No food, candy, drink or gum is allowed to be brought in from outside the facility.
  • Pathways is not responsible for lost or stolen valuables.
  • Pathways is a tobacco-free facility.
To Keep in Mind
  • Please bring a written list of your current medications. It is best to leave your medications at home or with family or friends.
  • You might not be prescribed the same medications you are currently taking.
  • Private rooms are not available.
  • Lengths of stay vary and are determined after a patient has been evaluated by the treatment team.
  • For your safety, you will be searched prior to transfer to Pathways and upon arrival.

Patient Information

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