Montana State Prison Launches New Chemical Dependency Program

KTVQ

By Cat Hill

HELENA – Montana state prisoners are getting another chance to overcome addiction.

Department of Corrections officials announced Tuesday that 30 inmates are the first accepted into a new chemical dependency treatment program at the state prison in Deer Lodge.

The secure, remodeled facility provides a 90 to 180-day intensive therapy program, Corrections officials said.

The center has three licensed addiction counselors, three case managers, and a re-entry coordinator.

Inmates will be screened using a chemical dependency evaluation. Only those with high scores indicating a need for residential treatment will be accepted.

A 2016 Council of State Governments report showed a 62 percent increase in drug related arrests in Montana between 2009 and 2015.

 

Source: JusticeCenter

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