First Step Resource Center provides medical evaluations, forensic interviews, mental health treatment, care coordination, and referrals for child and adult victims of abuse or assault. First Step is a National Children’s Alliance accredited Children’s Advocacy Center and is part of Providence St. Patrick Hospital. First Step is a member of Missoula’s JUST Response Multidisciplinary Team, which provides a coordinated response to community violence. First Step is dedicated to reducing trauma and promoting healing for child victims of abuse and adult victims of sexual assault. We serve children, families and adults in Missoula and surrounding counties. Since 2000, First Step has served more than 3500 patients. About 80% of those served are children. Services include:
First Step works as part of the JUST Response team, made up of law enforcement agencies, Child and Family Services, the County Attorney’s office, advocacy organizations and mental health providers to respond to reports of abuse and assault. This team approach ensures that victims received a trauma-informed and coordinated response from the multiple agencies that can be involved in a report of abuse or assault. The collaborative response results in stronger investigations and convictions. It also allows for better supportive services for families, including mental health, medical care and advocacy.
JUST Response Children’s Advocacy Center Multidisciplinary Team mission is to work collaboratively with families affected by child abuse toward healing and justice.
The JUST Response Children’s Advocacy Center Multidisciplinary Team vision is to create a safe and nurturing community, free of violence.
If you suspect child abuse, you should:
If you are an adolescent or an adult who has been sexually assaulted, you may choose to: