Our roots: Southwest Regional Mental Health Center


Prior to 1979, the Southwest Regional Mental Health Center provided alcohol counseling programs in Gallatin, Beaverhead and Madison Counties. In the fall of 1979, the commissioners of the three counties met and agreed to commit all non-discretionary funds they received from alcohol taxes to a cooperative program.

Alcohol Services of Gallatin County

In 1982, Gallatin County generated over 70% of the client caseload for Tri-County Alcohol Services. With the support of the Gallatin County Commissioners, in June of 1983, articles of incorporation were filed with the Secretary of State to create Alcohol and Drug Services of Gallatin County (ADSGC). In December of 1983, the average caseload was 70 clients.

By February 1986, ADSGC offered a structured Co-Dependency Treatment Program, Outpatient Treatment, aftercare for chemically dependent clients referred from outside agencies; and DUI Court School. Structured Outpatient Treatment for chemical dependency was added that May and the agency became Alcohol and DRUG Services of Gallatin County.

We offer affordable treatment

ADSGC continues to thrive as a provider of affordable treatment offering diverse programs. Services are confidential and of the highest integrity. In fact, in January 2017 ADSGC received a 99% compliance in their annual evaluation from the State Quality Assurance division for licensure. Over the three day period of study, the agency was evaluated on all practices, with particular focus on administration, personnel, the classes DUI offenders must attend, as well as in and out-patient treatment.

About our Director, Shelly Johnson

When Shelly Johnson took a part-time job at Alcohol and Drug Services of Gallatin County, she never thought she was beginning a career path that would lead her through almost every job in the agency. She celebrated 29 years with Alcohol and Drug Services in April 2017.

Read the profile of Shelly that ran in the Bozeman Daily Chronicle’s April 2008 issue of Balance Magazine: ShellyJohnson2008-04