110 S. 19th Street
Pocatello, ID 83201

  Cindy Hansen, Clinical Supervisor



What is MK Place?

MK PLACE is designed to achieve permanent changes in an adolescent’s life.  To accomplish this we address major developmental, lifestyle, attitudinal and behavioral issues which can undermine the goals of treatment or inhibit the individual’s ability to cope with major life or developmental tasks. MK PLACE helps adolescents to:

  • Find a valued place in a constructive group
  • Develop a sense of self-worth
  • Achieve a reliable basis for making informed choices
  • Learn to use the support systems available to them
  • Express constructive curiosity and exploratory behavior
  • Believe in a promising future with real opportunities
  • Find ways of being useful to others

Our Program Goals

MK understands that clients with substance abuse issues can and do enter recovery lifestyles.  Effective treatment can result in abstinence and provide tremendous health, social, and spiritual benefits to the client.  MK PLACE is committed to providing a therapeutic environment that promotes and encourages recovery by applying principles of human learning (nonjudgmental, empathy, positive regard) to facilitate the replacement of maladaptive behaviors with more adaptive ones.  Our theoretic framework includes three primary components:  Cognitive-Behavioral Strategies, Motivational Enhancement Techniques, and the American Society of Addiction Medicine Patient Placement Criteria (ASAM-PPCR2), a clinical guide for matching patients to the appropriate level of care.

 Cognitive-Behavioral strategies are grounded in a scientific view of human behavior that implies a systematic and structured approach to counseling.  MK PLACE uses these approaches to increase the client’s skills by overcoming debilitating behaviors that lead to and promote substance abuse.  Clients are expected to change behaviors rather than reflect passively in group and individual work with counselors.

 MK PLACE understands that motivation is a key component for addressing substance abuse.  Motivational strategies are meant to emphasize the client’s responsibilities to voice personal goals and values, as well as to make choices among options for change.  MK PLACE has adopted the philosophy that motivational interventions are clinical strategies designed to enhance motivation for change.  Having a positive attitude toward change and being committed to change is associated with positive treatment outcomes.  We believe that although the client is ultimately responsible for change, this responsibility is shared with the clinician through the development of a “therapeutic relationship”.

Who benefits from MK Place?

MK PLACE is suitable for adolescents with drug and alcohol issues requiring 24 hour monitoring in a structured, therapeutic community.  A referral needs to be made from a Judge, probation officer, schools, family members, self, etc. to qualify for services.  It is for young people 13—17 years of age.  Services are provided to both male and female clients regardless of race, color or sexual orientation.  It is a state-wide service that is paid for by a state contract.  Services are free for the young person and their family.

We also have outpatient groups, individual counseling and family counseling. 

Recovery is enhanced through:

  • Family Participation
  • Therapeutic Community Living
  • Team Problem Solving
  • Opportunities to Learn and Practice Life Skills
  • A Level System Based on Choices and Natural & Logical  Consequences

Click on the MK Place residential pdf below to find the following:  

Parental/Client Information and Releases

Physicians Immediate Care Paperwork 

Client Intake Demographics

Oak Mountian Dental Paperwork 

Summit Eye Care Paperwork

GED Paperwork

MK PLACE Wellness Policy

Residential Program

MK Place is a secured facility which includes cameras in most rooms and alarms on the doors and windows. We are a 12 bed facility and believe in a "home environment" vs. institutional setting such as detention or a hospital.  The kids in treatment learn independent living skills such as cooking, cleaning, and being responsible for their environment. Adolescents are challenged to live together in a problem solving and recovery atmosphere. Adolescent substance use occurs with varying degrees of severity.  The core components of residential treatment include the following:


Clarifies to the adolescent what treatment is, their role in the treatment process, and the concept of program expectations.

Daily Scheduled Activities

Includes, but is not limited to school, chores, homework, and positive recreational activities designed to help adolescents learn new skills and provide them with an alternative to their substance-using behavior and can help ensure that adolescents remain sober after treatment.

Peer Monitoring

Peer Monitoring is done in a group setting which can help the client build the strength necessary to override harmful peer pressure, and which harnesses the influence of the peer group in a positive manner.


The Program has a certified secondary teacher so that schooling can be provided on-site.  The teacher is also a liaison between the treatment program and the school so that the client can continue earning credits from the school in their communities.  The GED program is also offered.

Substance Abuse Treatment

Treatment includes, but is not limited to drug and alcohol education, relapse prevention, and recovery support.

Co-occurring disorders

We have partnered with Physicians Mental Health Services and Dr. Fife, a child psychiatrist.  We have access to immediate psychological evaluations and medication management if needed.  In addition, we have a Licensed Professional Counselor who specializes in EMDR for trauma. MK Place has several licensed professionals who can address both mental health and substance use disorders concurrently.

Cognitive Restructuring

Cognitive Restructuring is specifically offered to those clients in the criminal justice system.  Our program does Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for skill development and relapse prevention.

Family Education

Serves as a critical function in stabilizing the family system and engaging both the adolescent and family members in the treatment process.

Family Therapy

Our Family Therapy is a family systems approach that understands the importance of treating the individual as subsystems within the family system.  Intervention is aimed to change the way family members relate to each other by examining the underlying causes of current interactions and encouraging new, healthier ones.    

Family treatment also equips parents with the skills and resources necessary to address the inevitable difficulties that arise in raising teenagers.   MK Place has a licensed family therapist.

Treatment Planning

Treatment Planning identifies problems of the family and the client, including substance use, psychosocial, medical, sexual, and possible psychiatric disorders.   Goals are attainable and help clients to recognize their involvement with substances and to acknowledge responsibility for problems resulting from substance use.  The individual’s strengths and resources are applied to treatment goals.

Individual Counseling Sessions

Counselors meet one-on-one with clients to develop and address treatment plans, and help with any conflict resolution.

Group Therapy

Clients attend groups to address issues developed by the counselor and the client during treatment planning. 

Case Management

Case Management is used for substance users with special treatment needs.  Counselors will evaluate needs during intake and treatment planning and these needs will be addressed as part of the treatment process.  Some include (but are not limited to):  Health issues, dental issues, psychiatric issues, poverty issues, education, etc.

Non-Discrimination Statement

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, religious creed, disability, age, political beliefs, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits.  Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.  Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English. 

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: How to File a Complaint, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992.  Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

(1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture

Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights

1400 Independence Avenue, SW

Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;

 (2)       fax: (202) 690-7442; or

 (3)       email:

 MK Place is an equal opportunity provider. MK Place is a NSLP provider and all meals we serve are free to all participants.



 According to The Center for Substance Abuse Treatment- Treatment of Adolescents with Substance use Disorders (TIP 32), the onset of substance use is occurring at younger ages, resulting in more adolescents entering treatment for substance use disorders with greater developmental deficits and much greater neurological deficits than have been observed in the past.

Adolescent users differ from adults in many ways.  Because of this, the treatment process must address the nuances of each adolescent’s experience, including cognitive, emotional, physical, social and moral development.

MK Place has a structured outpatient, intensive outpatient, community, and drug court program to meet the needs of clients by using the Matrix Model of Adolescent Treatment.   The program includes core components in the treatment process to address the many nuances clients bring to treatment:

Individual and Family Sessions

Designed to orient the adolescent and family members to the program, establish rapport, and encourage treatment retention and compliance.  These sessions serve as a critical function in stabilizing the family system and engaging both the adolescent and family members in the treatment process.

Early Recovery Skills Group

In this group, adolescents either receive the basic skills they need to achieve initial sobriety and/or participate in discussions designed to move them toward readiness to change.  This group provides an introduction to basic cognitive-behavioral interventions and to the experience of being a group member.

Seven Challenges

Seven Challenges is an evidenced based program in the SAMHSA National Registry of Evidence Based Programs and Practices.  This program is designed specifically for adolescents with drug problems, to motivate a decision and commitment to change and to support success in implementing the desired changes.  The program simultaneously helps young people address their drug problems as well as their co-occurring life skill deficits, situational problems and psychological problems.  

Seeking Safety

A gender specific group to address trauma and empower clients with coping skills surrounding safety in their everyday lives. Through groups and individual sessions, clients develop a safety plan including identifying triggers for relapse and replacing them with coping mechanisms, safety from dangerous relations, and safety from self-destructive behaviors. A goal of seeking safety is to move from negative behaviors towards positive behaviors by restoring lost ideals of self, self-image, self-work, and regulation of emotions. 


Cindy Hansen, MA, ACADC, CCS Clinical Director
Jennifer Bunderson, BA, CADC Counselor
Kim Cano, LPC Counselor
Bryson Vaughn, LPC
Michell Shropshire Office Manager/Shelter Manager
Lisa Robinson Business Manager
Cassandra Noyes, LPC Counselor
Ryon Butterfield, LPC Family Therapist
Shantel Beckley, BA Shelter Manager Asst/Case Manager

 * Spanish Speaking