In Montana a treatment court is a court docket within a district court or court of limited jurisdiction (i.e., city, municipal or justice’s court). The court specializes in overseeing cases (adult criminal, DUI offenses, juvenile, veteran, mental health or civil child abuse and neglect cases) involving persons who are alcohol or other drug dependent and/or involve mental illness. The intent of treatment court is to change the behavior of alcohol/drug dependent offenders.
Treatment courts reduce recidivism and substance abuse among participants and successfully rehabilitate them through:
- Treatment for alcohol and drug abuse
- Mandatory and frequent drug testing
- Use of appropriate sanctions and incentives
- Continuous judicial oversight
Treatment / DUI Courts in Montana
The Office of Court Administrator roversees Montana general fund appropriations for treatment courts throughout Montana and has staffed dedicated in treatment court oversight. OCA offers a variety of resources including a website dedicated to treatment courts and peer review assistance information.
DUI Court Funding
MDT utilizes National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) funding for dedicated DUI Courts operation and training. Through the Montana State Highway Traffic Safety Section, DUI Courts apply for funding through MDT annually. MDT currently funds four dedicated DUI Treatment Courts. For additional information on funding for traffic safety projects go to our Grants page.
|MDT funded DUI Courts|
|7th Judicial District||Honorable Katherine Bidegaray|
|13th Judicial District||Honorable Mary Jane Knisely|
|Hill County Justice Court||Honorable Audrey Barger|
|Butte Justice Court||Honorable Debra Williams|
, State Drug Court Coordinator
Office of Court Administrator
Montana Supreme Court
, Program Manager
State Highway Traffic Safety Section