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.
CCP Butte clients'
CCP West clients' daily schedule.
CCP's program statistics.
View CCP's Program Directories:
CCP Butte Personal Possessions List
CCP Butte Visitor Application
CCP Butte Visitation Policy
CCP West Personal Possessions List
CCP West Authorized Food List
CCP West Visitor Application
CCP West Visitation Rules
CCP West Visitor Confidentiality Statement
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.
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
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
To provide each client, via the treatment milieu, the
promotion of acceptance of their disease and for their individual
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
For each client to develop an intensive, Individual
Relapse Prevention Plan, which includes the Twelve Step Philosophy and
continued care plan of action.
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.
CCP is designed to serve the unique needs of the following groups of adult
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;
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
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.
111 West Broadway
Butte, MT 59701
Phone: 406.782.6626 ext. 211 Fax: 406.782.6676
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.
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