MT Family Drug Treatment Court Reports Successes


A party for a former meth addict celebrating her discharge from the Yellowstone, Mt., County Family Drug Treatment Court, marks a rare success in the grinding fight against meth, reports the Billings Gazette. Many people involved in the fight believe that family drug court offers one of the few glimmers of hope that they can see. “They have really gotten to know what it takes to get someone off meth,” said Kevin Frank of the state Child and Family Services Division. “It’s a whole lifestyle change.”

Becky Bey, family drug court coordinator, said the key is a team concept. “That constant barrage of people who are concerned about you is huge,” she said. In drug court, each of the clients accepted into the program is helped toward recovery by a team that includes the judge, a prosecutor from the county attorney’s office, social workers, chemical dependency counselors, mental health workers, and others. Clients must agree to participate in drug court for at least a year. “Most of the people in drug court have been before a judge before,” said one lawyer. “but they’ve never had a relationship with a judge like the one they have with Judge (Susan ) Watters.” Said the judge: “It’s a real holistic approach. The idea is, one judge, one family.”


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