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About Us

Inner Roads is a Montana-based program that has operated continuously through non-profit agencies since 2003.

It is our mission to provide disadvantaged youth with affordable outdoor therapeutic experiences that accelerate growth, healing, and empowerment. 

Inner Roads operates under the Montana Department of Health & Human Services

as state-licensed healthcare facility.

Why Outside?

While many youth benefit from weekly therapy sessions in an office, many more require support and opportunities beyond the capacity of a single professional or even their current community. Outdoor Behavioral Healthcare is an evidence-based treatment model resulting from over 30 years of worldwide research. This model utilizes everyday obstacles and opportunities in the Outdoors to instill the following outcomes:

  • increased self-esteem and self-control

  • improved social & communication skills

  • decreased family conflict

  • heightened empathy

  • increased problem-solving skills

  • increased accountability

  • decreased high school drop-out rates

  • a marked reduction in: depression, anxiety, trauma-related symptoms, addictive behaviors, criminal activity, & family dysfunction 


Image by Gaetano Cessati

Why Inner Roads?

The vast majority of therapeutic wilderness programs in the country costs each family approximately $60,000, which precludes most families from receiving some of the most effective help.


At Inner Roads, we are determined to remove finances as the deciding factor between barely surviving and thriving as a family. We intend to ensure that youth who experience trauma, addictions, and mental health issues in our nation are able to receive these essential services regardless of income. 

We offer 2 high school credits through our local district to support continued academic success for program graduates.


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