Drug and Alcohol Assessments and Court Ordered Evaluations for the State of Montana
Have you been charged with an alcohol or drug related crime in Montana, or is your work or school recommending that you get an evaluation for drugs or alcohol? If this is the case, you may be asked to complete a drug or alcohol assessment or chemical health assessment.
We understand that when facing some potentially serious consequences, this time can be stressful, to say the least. It is natural to have questions about what you can expect to go through during your evaluation for the courts, family, work, or for personal reasons in Montana. We have listed some of the common questions you may have, to help understand the process a bit better.
Before you go to do our free online drug evaluation, we recommend that you give us a call and we can help you understand the questions and possible outcomes that you could be facing after the recommendations from the counselor. Being informed is going to help you understand the science behind the evaluation and possibly help you avoid a horrific outcome and consequences laid down by the courts of Montana. 1-800-819-9973
What is the purpose of an alcohol evaluation?
In Montana, with virtually every case involving the use of drugs or alcohol, the courts will ask that you comply with a drug or alcohol assessment and evaluation from a state certified treatment center. This helps the court to determine if deferred prosecution is something that the defendant will benefit from. The evaluation is designed not only to serve as a determining factor as to rehabilitation requirements but also helps the treatment center determine what would better help the defendant that is facing charges for drug or alcohol related crimes.
How do I find a drug or alcohol assessment for court in Montana?
You can give us a call and we can help you locate the best center that does evaluations for your county in Montana.
The court may have provided you with a copy of the treatment centers in your county that are certified by the courts to conduct the evaluations. We also can provide you with a list of treatment centers that can help with this. Before beginning any assessment, we strongly recommend that you give us a call to ensure that you are informed as to what to expect and the possible outcomes that you may face when the center makes their recommendations.
Alcohol evaluation classes in Montana
Starting the process for a drug or alcohol evaluation for a DWI conviction is pretty straight forward but there are a few things to consider before starting the process. You will need to have you arrest records, copy of your driving records and a copy of the arresting officers report. These records can either be forwarded to the center prior to the interview or brought with you depending on the requirements of the center. You may also be subjected to a urinalysis evaluation depending on the recommendations of the court.
What questions will the person conducting the drug evaluation ask?
Some of the questions asked on the evaluation can vary from county to county, in Montana, but for the most part, they are typically all the same evaluation. Some of the questions can be misleading and it is better to be prepared before blindly going in to get your drug or alcohol assessment. The evaluation consists of a written portion and also a question and answer with a counselor. The counselor will make their findings and recommendations to the court in Montana. Depending on your oral answers, written questionnaire, the counselor will also take into account your criminal history and the arrest report. This recommendation will be passed on the county court where the infraction took place.
Alcohol evaluations and classes
Often times, when you enter into a deferred prosecution program for DUI, DWI or driving while intoxicated, you will be mandated by the courts to comply with their diversion program outlines. These usually consist of a reduced sentencing, if compliance to the guidelines of the program are met, along with a probationary period for monitoring of the progress made within the guidelines that the treatment center has outlined in their recommendations for treatment or counseling.
Do I need to follow the guidelines and recommendations of the Evaluation Specialist?
If you are seeking an evaluation or assessment for work, the courts or family, will determine if you need to follow the recommendations to the letter. These guidelines are based on years of clinical experience to help handle the issues related to each individual’s addiction and patterns of drug use. You will need to consider whether you can follow these recommendations, taking into account finances, time needed for treatment and other circumstances. If there is a third-party involved, such as a Montana county court, family members, your work or a lawyer, you will need to discuss the recommendations with them and discuss options.
How much does a drug and alcohol assessment cost?
Depending on the area that you are mandated for evaluation, will determine the cost of alcohol evaluations or drug assessments. The usual costs can vary between 120 dollars to 200 dollars depending on the available providers in your county. Or online assessment is free of charge. For help filling out this evaluation, please call one of our counselors now. 1-800-819-9973
A standardized Montana drug assessment form usually consists of
- 1-2 hours of time spent 1-1 with a counselor in a face to face assessment session.
- Screenings and medical record reviews for mental health concerns, including anxiety, depression and other mental disorders that may be of concern.
- Follow up session are usually about 20-30 min long to discuss findings, recommendations and possible options.
Who will see my assessment after it is completed?
Due to HIPPA Laws, no one but the counselors involved with your case will see your results unless you sign a release of information to a specific entity or organization. All requests for information will be denied unless there is a written release by the client allowing for the information to be released to the interested party per request.
Below we have listed the standard outcomes from a typical drug or alcohol evaluation in Montana. Possible outcomes and recommendations laid out by the counselor or treatment center that is conducting the evaluation.
- No treatment, if no issues are present
- Alcohol or drug education classes: 1-5 day classes depending on the county in Montana
- Outpatient chemical dependency treatment: consisting of anywhere from 12 weeks to 26 weeks of daily to weekly meetings, coupled with AA or NA required meetings.
- Residential chemical dependency treatment: Ranging from 21 days intensive inpatient drug rehab, up to long-term drug rehabs that can last for up to 6 months depending on the recommendation of the Evaluation Specialist.
- Individual counseling: One on one counseling that can range from daily schedules, to weekly sessions, with a chemical dependency counselor of addiction doctor.
- Couple or family counseling
- Medication management: Sometimes medication needs need to be addressed in an inpatient setting or there can be an adjustment to the current medications that can be handled through your addiction doctor on an out-patient basis.
We have provided a form for your convenience to help with starting the process of locating a treatment center or counselor in your county, that is certified to conduct evaluations for DUI, DWI, Driving While Intoxicated, Pending Drug Charges, or any other drug or alcohol related crime that has led to a court ordered mandated evaluation as part of the Montana diversionary program.
How to pass a drug and alcohol Evaluation
This can be a bit more difficult than you would expect due to the parameters the courts have set up to determine their definition of addiction and abuse problems. If you answer that you have a glass of wine every night after dinner (even though this is proven to be beneficial to our health) or have a couple of beers after work a few times a week, you would think that you would have zero chances of being referred to treatment. At the least, the counselor will recommend outpatient treatment and alcohol testing. This can take months to complete for a one time mistake.
Give us a call and we can help you prepare for your alcohol evaluation or drug assessment. If in fact, you do need help for an underlying addiction problem, it is always better to find your own drug rehab and try to get into a private drug rehabilitation center that will accept your insurance. We can also help you get your insurance verified, and help you locate a private drug rehab facility.