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Bozeman Regional Impaired Drivers Gaining Effective Rehabilitation (BRIDGERS) DUI Treatment Court

Award Information

Award #
Funding Category
Competitive Discretionary
Awardee County
Gallatin County
Congressional District
Funding First Awarded
Total funding (to date)

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2023, $896,372)

The Bozeman Municipal Court proposes to use the Bureau of Justice Assistance Adult Treatment Court Discretionary Grant Program Category 1 Planning and Implementation funding. This court will promote racial equity through all phases of design, implementation, and maintenance. The details of this plan are found on pages 4-5. The Bozeman Regional Impaired Drivers Getting Effective Rehabilitative Services (BRIDGERS) DUI Treatment Court Program will serve post-conviction participants at the Bozeman Public Safety Center (901 N Rouse, Bozeman, MT 59715). The anticipated budget is $1,196,372.00 with $896,372.00 supplied through this grant. Over the lifetime of the grant, the court will serve 65 high-risk/high-need participants with 2nd, 3rd or Aggravated DUI charges in a program designed to take between 12 and 18 months to complete. The average time in the program will be 13-15 months. Finally, the court plans to make all appropriate FDA-approved medication-assisted treatments available to participants through local providers. 
        The treatment court will adhere to the following National Center for DWI Courts’ 10 guiding principles (GP). Determining the Population (GP#1) is covered on pages 3, 7, and 12. Perform a Clinical Assessment (GP #2) is covered on pages 14 and 16. Developing the Treatment Plan is covered on pages 14 and 18. Supervising the Offender (GP #4) is covered on pages 13-15 and 18. Forge Agency, Organization, and Community Partnerships (GP #5) is covered on pages 4-6, 10 and 11.Take a Judicial Leadership Role (GP #6) is covered on pages 6 and 15. Develop Case Management Strategies (GP #7) is covered on pages 13, 16, and 18. Addressing Transportation Issues (GP #8) is covered on page 8. Evaluating the Program is covered on pages 4 and 19. Ensure a Sustainable Program (GP #10) is covered on pages 6, 9, and 18. 
        The project is a collaboration between the City of Bozeman, Gallatin County, and community stakeholders. No other federal funding is being used. Project activities will include organizing a multi-disciplinary team to guide participants through the treatment court program, developing a leadership team to oversee policy and procedure drafting, facilitating a steering committee to map long-term sustainable funding streams, developing an operations and participant manual, conducting outreach to potential referral sources, and implementing the DUI treatment court. Expected outcomes include serving 65 DUI offenders over the course of the 4-year grant, developing long-term sustainable funding, and developing an aftercare program for graduates of the treatment court.

Date Created: September 27, 2023