The Billings Adult Misdemeanor Treatment Court (BAMTC) is a hybrid DUI/Drug court that handles nonviolent misdemeanor cases, including DUI and aggravated DUI, in order to reduce alcohol and drug abuse cases, lower recidivism rates, and lessen the financial impact of DUIs on the community. A misdemeanor DUI offense in Montana is a 1st, 2nd or 3rd offense, where subsequent DUI offenses are felonies and are handled by District Court.

Once accepted into the BAMTC program, offenders undergo an initial alcohol/drug test. The treatment provider then develops an individualized treatment plan that incorporates evidence-based treatment for substance abuse and any co-occurring mental health disorders. Treatment includes group and individual therapy, self-help meetings, and any other specialty classes or therapies recommended. Community charitable organizations are also active stakeholders that allow participants to be active in community service during their program.

While in the program, participants move through three phases lasting a minimum of 12-16 weeks each

Phase 1: The most intensive phase focuses on drug/alcohol abuse education and prevention, detoxification and stabilization.

Phase 2: Aftercare and relapse prevention.

Phase 3: Recovery and sobriety maintenance.

Learn more about this and other Promising Criminal Justice Programs

With our Judicial Education Advisory Committee, The Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility has developed a compilation of promising programs across the nation for dealing with DWI offenders in the criminal justice community. It is our hope that by sharing these programs with stakeholders in the criminal justice field that new, innovative programs can be developed in every state to deal more comprehensively with DWI offenders.

Please contact Jaime Lotter, Director of Government Relations & Traffic Safety at The Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility, if you know of any other promising programs that should be included in this compilation.