About Instar Community Services

Instar Community Services Front Desk

Instar Community Services is a community based State of Montana approved clinic offering a comprehensive range of services to people who face legal or personal issues surrounding substance use, gambling, and/or mental health.

We provide care that is Person centered, trauma informed, evidenced based, and culturally responsive.

Our History

Formerly named, “Instar Solutions” and located in the St. John’s building on Ewing Street in Helena for many years as a small private practice until 2018 when Terri Russell’s vision to open a state approved cd clinic came to fruition in thanks to the 2017 Montana legislature removing a 35 year old law that limited state approved substance use disorder clinic to only one in Lewis and Clark county.

We believe and have experienced that a person’s dignity can be restored as they face the multi-faceted issues surrounding substance use and mental health with good support, self forgiveness, and lots of patience. Our commitment is to the well being of our clients that includes working in collaboration with other healthcare providers and community agencies to ensure the total needs of our clients are met.

Meet our Team

Call (406) 422-4828 to speak with them directly

Terri Russell, LAC
Terri Russell, LAC

Terri has over 14 year’s experience as a licensed addiction counselor with the State of Montana. She has worked in both outpatient and inpatient treatment facilities and skilled with completing chemical dependency evaluations, leading groups, and providing individualized counseling.

She is also a trained ACT/Prime For Life facilitator. Her personal interests include spending time with family and fishing, boating, camping, and baking one of her “out of this world” pies.

Bob Stewart, Peer Support/Recovery Coach
Bob Stewart, LAC

Robert (Bob) Stewart, LAC attended grade school in Butte and graduated from Helena High in 1978. Bob has history with life’s hard knocks and is in long term recovery. He attended the University of Montana-Missoula, University of Nevada at Las Vegas, Montana Tech, and Dawson Community College.

Bob is one of our licensed addiction counselors and our smart IT computer guru. He loves the outdoors and particularly Montana summers.

His favorite quote is “Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself” - Desiderata

Michael Accardi, Peer Support/Recovery Coach
Michael Accardi, Peer Support/Recovery Coach

Michael Accardi is a Certified Board of Health Peer Support Specialist (CBHPSS) Aka: Recovery Coach with Instar Community Services. His passion is to help those with substance abuse and/or mental health needs and disabilities. Michael is in long term recovery with 11 years clean and sober.

He does this by being of service to others sharing his knowledge of the many different pathways to recovery, continued education, and lived life experience. He networks extensively for community resources to best fit the need of his clients. In his time off he enjoys motorcycles, ATV’s, car shows, music venues, and is a hobbyist guitar player.

Kally Plettner, Peer Support/Recovery Coach
Kally Plettner, Peer Support/Recovery Coach

Kally Plettner joined Instar in 2020 as a certified peer support specialist. Her recovery journey started on October 15, 2016. She states, “To say my life was unmanageable would be a huge understatement.” Today her life is amazingly filled with family, friends, and true peace. .

When she is not helping others on their paths to recovery, her free time is spent hiking, camping, and riding her motorcycle as she enjoys Montana beautiful scenery.

Stevi Teigen, Administrative Assistant
Stevi Teigen, Administrative Assistant

Stevi is currently serving as our administrative assistant. She has lived in Helena her whole life and has personally struggled with addiction herself. August 14th, 2014 is the day she said she was saved from addiction. She says it feels like it’s being reborn again, but as an adult. It has been one of the best things that has happened to her in her life.

Stevi lives with her fiancé and her stepson, and 10 cats who mean the world to her. She loves going to the lake, likes going on hikes, and loves to discover old ghost towns. Stevi currently attends Dawson Community College studying Addictions Studies and will graduate in 2021.

Damian Schepp, Compliance Manager
Damian Schepp, Compliance Manager

Damian Schepp is our Compliance Manager and he is here to assist you through the court processes. He is in recovery from alcoholism and is focused on helping people with recovery through evidence-based recovery principles and proven statistics. 

Damian has lived in the Helena community all his life. Hobbies he enjoys include playing video games, watching football, and Mixed Marshal Arts.