Gallatin County Treatment Court honoring participants with Christmas celebration

Gallatin County Treatment Court will be holding its annual Christmas celebration on Friday, Dec. 14.

The celebration is to honor the participants’ commitment to changing their lives.

Treatment Court starts at 9 a.m. in Gallatin County District Court Judge John Brown’s courtroom at the Law and Justice Center, located at 615 S. 16th Ave. in Bozeman.

“Treatment Court Christmas is a very special event. It is an opportunity to celebrate the ongoing success of our participants, some of whom have not celebrated Christmas in years,” said Judge Brown.

“Prior to Treatment Court, their lives revolved around drugs, alcohol, and jail. But this year, with the support of the Treatment Court team, our participants are clean and sober. They are employed, and they have stable residences. And they are free to experience the joy of the holidays with their friends and family,” he said.

At the Christmas celebration, the 23 current participants will receive gifts and treats provided by Friends of Treatment Court, a group that gives financial support to the program, as well as the Alumni Club, who are past Treatment Court graduates.

“This is a great example of the support to Treatment Court by the community,” said Gallatin County Commissioner Steve White. “Over the years, I have seen how the participants appreciate the Christmas celebration.”

Gallatin County Treatment Court was the first adult treatment court in the state and is now one of 31 drug courts across Montana.

Started in 1999, Treatment Court is an 18-month voluntary program that is an alternative sentencing for adult offenders whose crimes were motivated by substance abuse.

Participants receive treatment for chemical dependency and mental health issues. Among a number of things, participants are required to attend addictions counseling, mental health therapy and support groups, as well as submit to frequent drug and alcohol testing, report weekly to a case manager and perform community service.

The five core values of Treatment Court are honesty, integrity, responsibility, sobriety and service.

Brown also voiced his appreciation to the Gallatin County Commission.

“I would also like to take this opportunity to thank the Gallatin County commissioners for their continued support of the Treatment Court,” he said. “Their emotional and financial support is greatly appreciated.”

The program is managed by a team that includes:

Judge John Brown, Gallatin County District Court
Steve Ette, Director of Court Services
Eric Kitzmiller, Chief Deputy with Gallatin County Attorney’s Office
Kirsten Mull-Core, Attorney
Dr. Jim Murphey, Psychologist
Vicki Deboer, Clinical Supervisor with Alcohol and Drug Services of Gallatin County
Erin Diehl, Probation and Parole Officer for Montana Department of Corrections
Gen Stasiak, Misdemeanor Probation supervisor for Gallatin County

Media Contact:
Steve Ette, Treatment Court coordinator
580-3700
steve.ette@gallatin.mt.gov

Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office deputies participating in Shop with a Cop

The Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office is partnering with area law enforcement for the annual Shop with a Cop event, taking place in Bozeman on Saturday, Dec. 8.

Eleven members of the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office, including Sheriff Brian Gootkin, will be joined by officers from the Bozeman, Manhattan and Montana State University police departments to take kids shopping at Target.

Each kid receives $75 to buy presents for their families. The child’s parents also get $25 to buy gifts for the participating children as well.

After the deputies and officers are done shopping, they will gives the kids tours of their patrol cars. They will then drive to Bozeman City Hall where law enforcement will help the kids wrap their presents and all will be treated to a pizza party.

Money for the event is donated with the help of the Gallatin County Public Safety Foundation.

There will be two shopping shifts on Saturday. The first runs from 9 a.m. to noon and the second from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Shop with a Cop is a national event with law enforcement from around the country participating during the holiday season.

Donations for next year’s event will be collected at Target on Saturday.

Donations can also be mailed any time to the Gallatin County Public Safety Foundation, PO Box 3612, Bozeman MT 59772. Cash or checks made out to GCPSF are accepted.

Media contact:
Deputy Jackie Stewart
582-2100