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

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.