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Western Montana Mental Health Center Licensed Addiction Counselor in Kalispell, Montana


Looking for a career that makes a difference in the lives of others, offering hope, meaningful life choices, and better outcomes?

Who we are

Since 1971 Western Montana Mental Health Center (WMMHC) has been the center of community partnership in the 15 counties we serve across western Montana. We have committed to providing whole-person, person-centered care by ensuring an approach to health care that emphasizes recovery, wellness, trauma-informed care, and physical-behavioral health integration. We know the work we do is important and makes a significant impact in the lives of our clients and in our communities.

Working at WMMHC also gives you the opportunity to work under the Big Sky, giving you the adventure of a life time while serving your community and changing lives. We offer a work life balance so you still have time to discover all the natural beauty and recreational dreams that Montana has to offer while still engaging in a career path that is challenging and fulfilling.

If you want to join our team where community is at the heart of what we do, then you’ve come to the right place!

Job Summary:

Come join our diverse clinical team as a Licensed Addictions Counselor (LAC) in a thriving community behavioral health setting. We are seeking dedicated, creative LAC’s with a passionate focus on substance use disorder treatment, as well as co-occurring mental health disorders.

At WMMHC, our treatment is guided by a core philosophy: Treat to Outcome, which means that we are committed to positive treatment outcomes for our clients throughout the entire recovery process. We provide therapeutic services across the ASAM continuum of care, from in-patient and residential services to a variety of outpatient programs.

Grounded in the belief that positive outcomes are the result of whole-person care, our therapists work collaboratively within a multidisciplinary treatment team consisting of other clinicians, primary care doctors and nurses, medication management providers, care coordinators, treatment technicians, and aftercare specialists. This team approach provides clients with a breadth of services throughout their treatment experience, while also providing a cooperative and supportive environment for all team members. Our goal is always to provide the best possible behavioral health services to the community while creating a healthy, fulfilling, and enjoyable atmosphere for our staff.

Depending on program requirements, the WMMHC LAC may have the opportunity to work both in-person and remote positions. The LAC’s primary responsibilities may include diagnostic assessments, individual and group therapy, crisis counseling, treatment planning, progress monitoring, maintaining clinical documentation and coordinating with a variety of support services provided through WMMHC and other community partners.

Current openings in Missoula Outpatient and Kalispell PACT


  • Associates Degree or higher in Addiction/Alcohol and Drug Studies, Psychology, Social Work, Counseling, or Related Field

  • LAC required, although Addiction Counselor Licensure Candidates (ACLC) may be considered

  • Dual licensure as an LCSW or LCPC preferred.

  • One year of progressively responsible post graduate experience in a community health center or similar setting

  • Ability to pass background check and driver’s license check upon offer of employment.

  • Provide proof of auto liability insurance coverage per Western’s policies.

  • Montana Driver’s License with good driving record


We know that whole-person care is not just important for our clients, but recognize it’s just as important for our employees. WMMHC has worked hard to provide a benefits package that encompasses that same concept. Our comprehensive benefits package focuses on the health, security, and growth of our employees. Benefit offerings will vary based upon full time, part time, or variable status.

  • Health Insurance – 3 options to choose from starting as little as no cost to employee only

  • Employer paid benefits: Employee Assistance Program, Life insurance for employees and dependents, and long term disability

  • Voluntary options available: dental & vision insurance, short term disability, additional life insurance and dependent care flexible spending account

  • Health savings account (HSA) with match or medical flexible spending account (FSA)

  • 403(B) Retirement enrollment offered right away with an employer match offered after one year

  • Generous paid time off to take care of yourself and do the things you love

  • Accrued PTO starts immediately

  • Extended sick leave

  • 9 paid holidays and 8 floating holidays

  • Loan forgiveness programs through PSLF or NHSC