The Eighth Judicial District Court of the State of Montana seeks SAMHSA funds to expand the adult Treatment Court’s capacity by a minimum of 20 participants per year. The Treatment Court also seeks SAMHSA funds to enhance services for existing participants by making access to mental health treatment universal, expanding therapeutic treatment groups, hiring a full time case manager, and hiring additional coordinator support staff. The Eighth Judicial District is located in Cascade County, Montana. The county seat is Great Falls.
The Treatment Court’s target population is high risk/high need justice-involved individuals with substance use disorders. Polysubstance abuse disorders are common, 100% of participants have experienced past trauma, and 89% of participants have suspected or diagnosed co-occurring mental health disorders. 60.7% of participants are white, 34.3% are American Indians, 1.1% are Asian/Pacific Islander, 1.7% are African American, and 2.2% are Hispanic/Latino. 45.5% of participants are female and 54.5% are male. The mean age of participants is 33 years.
The Treatment Court reduces crime, enhances public safety, saves taxpayer money, and enriches lives. The court accomplishes these goals by facilitating sobriety, treating mental health conditions, improving social relations, and promoting lifelong stability. The Treatment Court diligently follows the Ten Key Components of Drug Treatment Courts and the Drug Treatment Court Best Practice Standards. The Treatment Court uses evidence-based practices to treat participants.
The Treatment Court served 111 participants in 2018, an increase of over 300% since 2015. However, it still has a waiting list for future participants. Demand for the Treatment Court has never been higher as Montana continues to battle high methamphetamine addiction and spiraling opiate addiction. Funding this application will allow 100 additional participants to complete the Treatment Court over the five-year grant period and will allow all participants during the grant period to access mental health treatment, case management, and therapeutic groups.