Cost is $250.00
Individuals convicted of Driving Under the Influence (DUI or BAC – per se), Misdemeanor Dangerous Drugs (MDD), Underage Drinking and Driving (UDD -.02 violations) are required by Montana Law to complete an ACT Program. ACT stands for Assessment Class and/or Treatment. Other clinics make you do the class prior to the assessment. This is wrong. According to Montana Code Annotated 61-8-732 the assessment determines whether you need the class or you need treatment. Some other clinics make you do the class AND make you do treatment. This is also wrong. According to section 8 in Montana Code Annotated 61-8-732, you will only be required to do both IF (1) the judge orders it or (2) the LAC determines it will be useful. In most cases if you are ordered to do treatment you are past what the class will be able to offer you.
Getting an evaluation is the first step in completing the ACT program. You are required to meet with a Licensed Addictions Counselor (LAC) for a two hour one-on-one session to complete the evaluation. Arrangements to begin an ACT Program are done by scheduling an evaluation which can be done by phone, (406) 314-6565, or in person at the office, 1645 US 93 S, Suite D. If the class is required, it is held every month on a Saturday (6 hours) and Sunday (6 hours). It is required that you attend 12 hours of the Prime for Life Class. We schedule our Prime for Life Class to accommodate everyone’s busy work and life schedule. If you miss one of the two sessions, you will be required to pay for the entire course again and retake the class at the next available time. This information will be reported to the court.
Classes provide general information of the physical and psychological effects of alcohol/ drugs as related to driving behavior and the development of chemical dependency. The laws of Montana relating to using and driving are heavily stressed. Participants are also provided the opportunity to develop their own DUI avoidance plan to prevent further alcohol and/ or drug and driving related offenses.