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Kalispell, Montana
Alan & Kandy Satterlee

Northwest Passages, LLC is a six to 24 month program for young women between the ages of 16-22. The program offers a step-down program for girls transitioning from residential treatment or boarding schools, or experiencing difficulties transitioning into high school or college. Their focus is 'mentoring, loving, and assisting young women as they navigate through the critical life passage from adolescence into adulthood.'

The girls typically require assistance with the necessary skills for living independently. Upon admission, a unique plan is formed identifying strengths and needs of the young women based on the input of their families, professional care providers, and their own goals and objectives.

Northwest Passages offers a 'family-style' setting with a maximum of six young women in the main house. The girls live in an environment that 'enhances development of healthy coping, living, communication and interpersonal skills.' They accomplish this through individualized counseling with a licensed therapist, mentoring by house parents, other staff and a case manager, life skills training, and opportunities for healthy living. The girls also receive academic guidance and counseling as they complete high school, attend college or seek vocational training.

Once the girls reach a certain level of responsibility, they move into a two-apartment house on the property for the next phase of their transition. The young women live in a simulated independent situation as a learning experience prior to leaving the program.


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