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About Us

Community, Counseling, and Correctional Services, Inc. (CCCS) is a private, not-for-profit, 501-c(3) corporation that was incorporated in 1983.  Headquartered in Butte, Montana, CCCS provides services for local, state, and federal agencies including correctional and other human service programs designed for adults and juveniles.

Our History

The nonprofit corporation organized under the laws of the state of Montana was formed by a group of local citizens concerned with the treatment received by offenders sentenced to correctional institutions.  These citizens, many of whom currently remain on CCCS' Board of Directors, were particularly concerned about the lack of preparations made to assist offenders re-entering society upon completion of their sentences.  The efforts of this group and the start-up costs for the program were largely funded through the Department of Institutions.

We started as the Butte Pre-Release Center, Inc., which opened its doors December 24, 1983 to receive four Montana State Prison inmates.  At the time, the pre-release center was a 30-bed community-based residential facility for adult male offenders; we then had 13 employees.

On July 1, 1987, the pre-release center expanded its program to a 40-bed facility.  This was possible through the combined efforts of the Board of Directors, Department of Corrections and Montana State Legislature.  During that year, the Board of Directors purchased properties directly adjacent to the pre-release center.  This building has since been renovated to include space for Life Skills/Educational classes, Cognitive Principles and Restructuring (CP&R), Anger Management, and Parenting, among others. 

In December 1988, the Board of Directors purchased the existing pre-release facility, the Cohn building, from a bank in Glasgow, Montana.  The acquisition opened a new era for privately operated pre-release centers in Montana; this purchase was the first by a privately run not-for-profit corporation.  The facility received a complete renovation, including carpeting, painting, and a complete cosmetic repair of the outside facade.

In July 1992, CCCS expanded its community corrections operations through the development and implementation of the Women's Transitional Center.  This program has been designed to specifically address those issues unique to the female offender in today's society. 

Our pre-release programs in Butte, Montana have grown from a 30-bed men's program in 1983 to the current 144-bed Butte Pre-Release Center for adult male offenders.  Additionally, we have expanded from the original 25-bed Women's Transition Center that opened in 1992 to a 65-bed facility for adult female offenders.

One of the highlights of our operations is that both of these facilities are American Correctional Association (ACA) accredited, which distinguishes us from other community correctional facilities in that since 1998, CCCS is the only facility of this type in Montana to achieve this honor.

CCCS expanded into the juvenile field with the November 1999 opening of the Martin Hall Juvenile Detention Facility in Medical Lake, Washington. 

In 2002, CCCS successfully responded to a competitive RFP issued by the Federal Bureau of Prisons (FBOP) to design, build, finance, and operate a 60-bed secure detention facility at Galen, Montana.  The total cost for this project was $9.6 million.  This flagship facility was a huge undertaking for our corporation; however, it has proven to not only have been a good business decision, but, more importantly, is recognized as one of the finest juvenile correctional facilities in the country.  This facility has received ACA accreditation typifying CCCS' commitment to be held to the highest correctional standards in all of our facilities.

In December 2002 in response to a competitive bid, CCCS was selected to design and operate a modified therapeutic community, the WATCh Program, on the Warm Springs, Montana State Hospital Campus.  The WATCh Program, which has grown to a 156-bed facility, is a six-month intensive cognitive behavioral based modified therapeutic community that assists Family Members (offenders) in developing those skills necessary to create pro-social change, reduce anti-social thinking, address criminal behavior patterns and the negative effects of chemical addiction while integrating more fully into society.  This partnership with the Montana Department of Corrections (MDOC) demonstrates a pro-active response to the growing number of 4th and subsequent DUI offenders in the Montana criminal justice system.  The therapeutic community model that is utilized at the WATCh Program has been found quite effective in reducing drug abuse and criminal recidivism. 

In February 2005, MDOC allowed CCCS the opportunity to expand into the Glendive, Montana area with the activation of WATCh East, a 40-bed co-ed facility also using a modified therapeutic community (TC) model to treat 4th or subsequent DUI offenders referred by MDOC.

CCCS' diversification and experience in administering substance abuse programs is not limited to the TC model.  Since 1998, we have administered the Connections Corrections Program in Butte, Montana.  This 52-bed residential program delivers services for male offenders in an intense, 60-day, community setting.  Because of the successful outcomes that we have demonstrated, in the fall of 2005, MDOC requested an expansion of this model by 52 additional contract beds at the WATCh-facility located in Warm Springs, Montana.  Collectively, these two programs provide 104 specialized addictions treatment beds for MDOC.

CCCS also operates an adult male transition center in Bismarck, North Dakota.  In Fall 2005, we received notification that CCCS was the successful respondent to a competitive RFP that was issued by the North Dakota Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (ND DOCR), to provide 47 additional parole violator and assessment/sanction beds for their agency.  With the 2006 Summer completion expansion of the facility, the Bismarck Transition Center now has the capacity to house 150 residents.

In December 2005, we were successful in developing a partnership with MDOC to open and operate START, an 80-bed assessment/sanction center located at Warm Springs, Montana, and also a 32-bed re-entry facility in Bozeman, Montana (Gallatin County) that is a joint partnership between MDOC, Gallatin County and CCCS.

In April 2006, we were successful in our bid to MDOC to provide a methamphetamine treatment program in Lewistown, Montana.  The 80-bed men's treatment center serves those offenders convicted a second time (or more) of methamphetamine possession.  This program is called Nexus, which means connecting or linking services.  It started accepting its first adult male offenders on June 1, 2007.

In April 2007, CCCS began operating Discovery House, a short-term shelter home for troubled youth between the ages of 10 to 18 who are in need of care and supervision.  This program serves Deer Lodge, Granite, Powell, Silver Bow, Beaverhead and Madison counties.

In our 30 years of service, we have expanded our operations to include 14 different facilities; these are located in three states: Montana, Washington, and North Dakota.  We have grown from 13 employees to 559 full- and part-time employees. 

Our Leadership

Board of Directors. CCCS is governed by a non-compensated, volunteer Board of Directors, many of whom have been board members since CCCS' inception.

Administrative Staff. CCCS staff is very involved in community and civic activities, some of which include: public and parochial school coaching, Little League Baseball, Boy Scouts of America, Knights of Columbus, Habitat for Humanity, Chamber of Commerce, Mentoring, and other youth activities.  For the past many years, staff has participated in the Relay for Life, Special Olympics, Uptown Festivals and Christmas Stroll. The Corporate office has approximately 31 employees.

Our Mission

CCCS is a team of individuals dedicated to meeting the human service needs of youths and adults to promote healthy living through treatment, training, and supervision.

Our Vision

CCCS is a company, through diversity, that continues to change lives, one-life-at-a-time, one-day-at-a-time, by providing services and programs to persons in need.

Our Programs

CCCS currently operates 13 programs, which are located in three states.  These are listed below in the chronological order that they began operating and include:

Butte Pre-Release Center. This 160-bed facility is a pre-release center located in Butte, Montana.  It is a program for adult male offenders
referred by the Montana Department of Corrections (MDOC) and the Federal Bureau of Prisons (FBOP).  It has been accredited by the American Correctional Association (ACA) since 1998.  The facility has approximately 55 employees.  CCCS began operating this program in December 1983.

Women's Transitional Center. This 60-bed facility is a pre-release center located in Butte, Montana.  It is a program for adult female offenders referred by MDOC and FBOP, and has been accredited by ACA since 1998.  The facility has approximately 47 employees.  CCCS began operating this program in June 1992.

Connections Corrections Programs. The 104-bed facilities located in Butte (CCP) and Warm Springs (CCP West), Montana, offer a 60-day addictions treatment program for adult male offenders referred by MDOC.  The program has approximately 32 employees.  CCCS began operating this program in March 1998.

Martin Hall Juvenile Detention Facility.  This 63-bed facility located in Medical Lake, Washington, offers a short-term detention program that serves local counties, the Office of Refugee Resettlement, and Native American Indian Tribes.  This facility has approximately 32 employees.  CCCS began operating this program in November 1999.

Warm Springs Addiction Treatment & Change (WATCh) Program.  This 106-bed facility located in Warm Springs, Montana, offers a 6-month modified therapeutic treatment community for adult male, fourth or subsequent DUI offenders referred by MDOC. The facility has approximately 64 employees.  CCCS began operating this program in February 2002. 

Bismarck Transition Center.  This facility started as a 63-bed facility.  With the expansion completed in July 2006, BTC now has the capacity to house 154 residents total. It is located in Bismarck, North Dakota, and serves as a transition center for adult male and now female offenders referred by the North Dakota Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.  The Center achieved ACA accreditation in August 2005, and received re-accreditation in 2008. It has grown to approximately 54 employees.  CCCS began operating this program in August 2002.

Reintegrating Youthful Offenders (RYO) Juvenile Correctional Facility. This 60-bed facility is located in Galen, Montana.  It is a long-term juvenile correctional facility for youthful offenders referred by FBOP and other contracting agencies and a short-term detention facility for juveniles referred by various counties and contracting agencies.  RYO has been ACA accredited since January 2004. The facility has approximately 80 employees.  CCCS began operating this program in December 2002.

WATCh East.  This 48-bed facility located in Glendive, Montana, offers a 6-month modified therapeutic treatment community for adult female offenders and some male offenders, all fourth or subsequent DUI offenders referred by MDOC.  The facility has approximately 30 employees. CCCS began operating this program in February 2005.

Gallatin County Work-Release and Re-Entry Program.  This 40-bed facility is located on property owned by Gallatin County in Bozeman, Montana.  It is a multiple use facility that includes pre-release, work-release, drug court sanction, detention, and re-entry, for adult male offenders.  The facility has approximately 24 employees.  It began providing services in mid-December 2005.

Sanction Treatment Assessment and Revocation Transition (START) Program.  This program began as a 3-year pilot project between the Montana Department of Corrections (MDOC) and CCCS.  It began providing services in mid-December 2005. START was formerly located in an antiquated forensic unit on the state hospital campus in Warm Springs, Montana, having an 88-bed capacity. A new $12.3 million, 40,000 square-foot flagship, state-of-the-art facility was constructed near Anaconda and opened for services in August 2010.  The new facility has a capacity of 142 regular beds and 10 special needs beds.  START offers an assessment/sanction center for adult males who have violated conditions of community placement including pre-release, parole, or probation. START will retain its 37 employees, plus 14 new jobs, totaling approximately 55 employees. 

Discovery House.  This 9-bed short-term care facility for youth in need of care and supervision is located south of the county courthouse in Anaconda, Montana. It began as a youth shelter in July 1974 under the direction of Sister Gilmary Vaughan, a Sinsinawa Dominican nun.  It is the only facility in Southwestern Montana where youth in crisis can be placed, other than in county jails.  It has approximately 13 employees.  CCCS began operating this facility on April 1, 2007.

NEXUS Program.This 80-bed methamphetamine treatment facility is located in Lewistown, Montana.  The program is based on a therapeutic community model of treatment and includes a comprehensive array of correctional programming and services, including food service, transportation, routine medical and dental services, and various other programs such as anger management, family relationships, life skills, criminal thinking errors, and cognitive restructuring groups and counseling.  NEXUS has approximately 42 employees.  It began accepting adult male offenders on June 1, 2007.

Other Programs and Services

Transitional Living Program.  Initiated in August 1993 as the Alternative Reporting Component (ARC), the Transitional Living Program is a transitional living daily reporting program for adult male and female offenders, inclusive of MDOC and FBOP.  It is also used by district and municipal courts as a diversion alternative.  With a 20-slot capacity, it provides a continuum of care for those offenders exiting from a pre-release program and re-entering mainstream. 

Enhanced Supervision Program.  Instituted in April 2006, the Enhanced Supervision Program (ESP) provides contract services to those offenders -- probationers and parolees -- who are under community supervision as established by the Butte office of Adult Probation and Parole.  Individuals participating in ESP are troubled probationers and parolees who are referred to the program because of their failures to meet the specific terms and conditions of their individually-tailored supervision contracts. 

Additional Programs and Services.  These include adult and juvenile transportation services, urinalysis collection and testing, batterers' intervention program, and parenting, anger management and chemical dependency counseling services.

Contact Information

Mike Thatcher
Chief Executive Officer
Community, Counseling, and Correctional Services, Inc.
471 East Mercury Street
Butte, MT  59701
Phone: 406.782.0417  Fax: 406.782.6964


Because we are a mission driven organization, our corporate goals differ widely from for-profit companies.  We are governed by a volunteer Board of Directors who have no financial interests in the company.  This defines them as Stakeholders rather than Shareholders.  Therefore, instead of profits going to dividends, all excess revenues are plowed back into operations in the form of capital expenditures or improvements (facilities and equipment), staff investment (wages, benefits and training), or future operations (new or expanded services). 



This page was last updated on 02/06/15.