Program Overview

The Connections Corrections Program (CCP) is a comprehensive, community-based correctional program designed to serve the unique needs of the Montana correctional population who are chemically dependent. The program provides clients with a full-range of treatment services focusing not only on the chemical dependency issue of each individual, but also the underlying behavioral and dysfunctional thinking patterns which contribute to or sustain chemical use and result in criminal behavior.

Community, Counseling, and Correctional Services, Inc. (CCCS) in partnership with the Montana Department of Corrections (MDOC), opened CCP in March 1998 in response to the growing segment of the Montana correctional population who are chemically dependent.  At that time, CCP had a 30-bed capacity.  CCP has been expanded to include 52 state beds in Butte having a consistent waiting list of 100 to 150 offenders.  CCP also opened another 42 state beds plus 10 sanction beds -- all for men -- for a total of 52-beds at the Connections West facility located in Warm Springs, Montana. 

CCP is based on the intensive outpatient model and is structured to meet the individual needs of clients for a period of up to 60 days.

View CCP Butte clients' daily schedule.

View CCP West clients' daily schedule.

View CCP's program statistics.

View CCP's Program Directories: CCP-Butte     CCP-West

View the CCP Butte Personal Possessions List

View the CCP Butte Visitor Application

View the CCP Butte Visitation Policy

View the CCP West Personal Possessions List

View the CCP West Authorized Food List

View the CCP West Visitor Application

View the CCP West Visitation Rules

View the CCP West Visitor Confidentiality Statement

Program Mission

The Connections Corrections Program is a highly structured, sixty (60) day cognitive-behavioral based Intensive Residential Treatment Center, that incorporates addiction counseling, thinking errors counseling, cognitive principles and restructuring, victimization counseling, anger management counseling, in conjunction with a strong emphasis in relapse prevention for the criminal offender.

Program Goals

CCP provides clients with the education and insight into their disease and maladaptive behaviors so they may integrate these skills and information into their daily lives.  Through this process, and intensive programming, we have established the following program goals:

  • To greatly increase the clients’ knowledge of the addiction process, and how this process has led to their addictions and to their legal consequences.
  • To provide the clientele with the appropriate models of treatment necessary to allow each offender to internalize how their anti-social thinking patterns in conjunction with their addictive thinking has created a host of victims, including their individual loved ones.
  • To provide each client, via the treatment milieu, the promotion of acceptance of their disease and for their individual accountability.
  • To provide to each client, an in-depth understanding of the addictive and anti-social relapse prevention process modeled from the Gorski, Relapse Prevention for the Criminal Offender.
  • For each client to develop an intensive, Individual Relapse Prevention Plan, which includes the Twelve Step Philosophy and continued care plan of action. 

Program Objectives

Correctional programming and treatment staff have established the following objectives to enable CCP to best achieve program goals:

  • Provide clients with a primary counselor responsible for development and constant assessment of an individualized treatment and correctional programming plan;
  • Provide clients with a highly-structured treatment and therapeutic environment that includes programming from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. 6 days a week;
  • Provide clients with at least 18 hours of group therapy weekly;
  • Provide clients with at least 1 hour of individual counseling weekly;
  • Provide clients with at least 6.25 hours of criminal thinking errors programming weekly;
  • Provide at least 7.5 hours of educational lectures weekly;
  • Provide at least 1 hour of Big Book study weekly;
  • Provide at least 7 hours of Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous (AA/NA) meetings weekly;
  • Provide a balance of other programming — anger management, parenting, women-specific programming, Native American and culturally-sensitive groups — so as to best meet the unique needs of each client;
  • Provide clients the opportunity to practice their spirituality and religion of choice;
  • Provide clients with at least 1 hour of supervised recreation per day;
  • Provide family involvement in treatment and correctional programming that includes weekly visitation and family-specific lectures and groups.

CCP staff review the effectiveness of correctional programming and treatment services through a process of continual quality assurance and total quality management. Feedback is gathered from clients, staff, and referring agencies.

Program Eligibility 

CCP is designed to serve the unique needs of the following groups of adult offenders:

  • Intensive Supervision Probationers (ISP) and Parolees violating the conditions of their parole plans to a level that would cause them to return to prison;
  • Offenders at the Montana State Prison (MSP) who are mandated by the Board of Pardons and Parole to complete chemical dependency programming prior to release;
  • Offenders at MSP who are court-ordered to complete chemical dependency programming prior to release;
  • Offenders participating in pre-release programs who violate as a result of chemical use; and 
  • Offenders referred by U. S. federal probation officials.

CCP is NOT designed to serve the following types of adult offenders:

  • Offenders with sex-related crimes.  
  • Offenders with history of violent crime.  However, each offender is considered on a case-by-case basis.
  • Offenders who have serious medical or mental health problems that would prohibit or significantly limit participation in correctional programming and chemical dependency treatment.  Again, offenders are considered on a case-by-case basis.  The local screening committee considers many factors including the following: 1) Nature and number of offenses; 2) Previous community placements; 3) Behavior at other institutions;  4) Desire to change and motivation to participate in programming;  5) Medical or psychological limitation that could prevent participation in the program.

CCP does not provide detoxification services.

View CCP's eligibility guidelines

Program Costs

Accepting responsibility and ownership for the cost of treatment services is not only reasonable but therapeutic as well.  Therefore, clients are expected to contribute to the cost of their treatment.  A daily charge of $7.00 will be assessed to each client. Inability to pay for services does not automatically preclude a client from participating in Connections Corrections Programming.

Program Administration and Staff

A dedicated team of staff distinguished by both education and experience provide services at CCP.  CCCS carefully selected a diverse, professional staff to ensure that clients receive the most effective milieu of correctional programming and chemical dependency treatment services. 

View a brief staff biography.

Contact Information

Dave Boyd
Program Administrator
111 West Broadway
Butte, MT  59701
Phone: 406.782.6626  ext. 211 Fax: 406.782.6676

Program Referrals

Referrals to CCP are only made by the Montana Department of Corrections or the Federal Probation System.  Once a referral is received, the CCCS staff and local screening committee will review the appropriate paperwork (usually within two weeks of receipt) and determine the applicant’s suitability for the program.  This screening committee consists of a four member voluntary contingency from the professional community, including a representative from local law enforcement, state adult probation and parole, medical, mental health area, and the Program Administrator.

This page was last updated on 10/31/13.