Alcohol and Drug Services of Gallatin County offers the only State Approved ACT program in Gallatin County.
Montana Law requires individuals who are convicted of Driving Under the Influence (DUI), or Misdemeanor Dangerous Drugs (MDD), or Underage Drinking and Driving (UDD or .02) to complete the ACT program.
The enrollment process for the ACT program can be completed in just a few hours.
First, come to the outpatient office between 8:00 and 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday and fill out the required paperwork, pay your enrollment fee, and sign up for the Prime For Life (FAQ section) course. Orientation begins at 9 a.m. and ends at noon. NO late arrivals accepted.
Bring a copy of your court referral and be prepared to sign a release of information for your lawyer or public defender or any other referral sources.
The cost for the ACT program is $325.00. Payment is due at Orientation. We accept: cash, local checks, money orders, Visa or Mastercard.
After enrolling into the ACT program you will attend Prime For Life (PFL). Orientation begins promptly at 9 a.m. and ends at noon.
The course consists of four three-hour classes held on four consecutive Tuesday from 5:15 to 8:15 pm, or Wednesday from 5:15 p.m. to 8:15 p.m in Belgrade. You choose the one day per week that works for you and stick to that particular day.
You must attend all four classes, turn in all required paperwork, and pay the fee in full in order to schedule your exit assessment appointment. The assessment will be with a Licensed Addiction Counselor. It takes approximately 90 minutes. The exit assessment meeting is designed to determine if you need substance abuse treatment based on all the information gathered.
Prime for Life is a motivational intervention course offered in a group setting. It is designed to prevent you from receiving another DUI. It will increase your perception of the risks of drug and alcohol use and assist you in developing a self-directed plan to protect what you value in life. PFL is on the national registry of evidenced based programs. For more information, visit www.primeforlife.org
The following information about our services is based on Montana’s Law.
- Treatment is mandatory for any 2nd or subsequent offense upon completion of the Prime For Life.
- You have the right to obtain, at your own expense, a second chemical dependency assessment if you disagree with our recommendations.
- To request a hearing with the sentencing court if you disagree with our treatment recommendations.
- To attend a treatment facility of your choice.
The following information regards obtaining a probationary license.
- You must have the approval of the sentencing court.
- Pay a reinstatement fee to Records and Driver Control Bureau. Call 406.444.3292.
- If you are seeking a probationary driving privilege and you have a second or subsequent DUI or BAC you are required to use an interlock device on your vehicle.
- If you refused to submit to a breath test and/or provided a blood sample you are not eligible to a restricted probationary driving license.