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