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Montana Department of Corrections - ARRA Information

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act) was signed into law by President Obama on February 17th, 2009. It is an unprecedented effort to jumpstart our economy, create or save millions of jobs, and put a down payment on addressing long-neglected challenges so our country can thrive in the 21st century. The Act is an extraordinary response to a crisis unlike any since the Great Depression, and includes measures to modernize our nation's infrastructure, enhance energy independence, expand educational opportunities, preserve and improve affordable health care, provide tax relief, and protect those in greatest need.

Confirmed Recovery Act Funding

The Montana Department of Corrections will receive additional funding from the Montana Office of Public Instruction for our existing special education programs at Riverside Youth Correctional Facility and Pine Hills Youth Correctional Facility.

Title: Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Part B

(CFDA No. 84.027A and 84.173A)

Goal: To provide Education appropriate to student needs.

Description:  Funds support teacher training and professional development, purchase of special education supplies and materials necessary for instruction.

Amount: $14,601

Status: Approzimately $6,728.00 has been spent to support teacher training at RYCF and PHYCF.


The Montana Department of Corrections received federal Recovery Act funds appropriated by the Montana Legislature through HB 645

Title: Deferred Maintenance

Goal: To fund deferred maintenance and energy improvement projects at youth correctional schools.

Description: The Department of Corrections has received $29,702 to fund deferred maintenance and energy improvement projects at Riverside and Pine Hills Youth Correctional Facilities. The Montana Department of Commerce administers this program.

Amount: $29,702

Status: Closed. Funds were used to repair the parking lot at Riverside Youth Correctional Facility. Previous conditions resulted in a number of falls and trips.


Title: Direct Care Vacancy Savings
Goal: To offset vacancy savings for direct-care staff at Treasure State Correctional Training Center, Montana State Prison, Montana Women's Prison, Great Falls Youth Transition Center, Pine Hills Youth Correctional Facility, and Riverside Youth Correctional Facility.
Description: Funds will support replacement of departing direct care staff in order to maintain security needs at correctional facilities.  Without these funds, facilities may have been required to leave positions unfilled.
Amount: $2,712,559
Status: As of June 30,2010, $1,352,812 was expended to support 29 positions.
Rural Law Enforcement

As one of its many elements, the Recovery Act provides the U.S. Department of Justice with funding for grants to assist state, local, and tribal law enforcement (including support for hiring), to combat violence against women, to fight internet crimes against children, to improve the functioning of the criminal justice system, to assist victims of crime, and to support youth mentoring. 

The Montana Department of Corrections has received an Assistance to Rural Law Enforcement to Combat Crime and Drugs grant with the U.S. Department of Justice. Our proposal is as follows:

Title: Community Corrections Interventions for High-risk Offenders in Rural Montana (known as “Community Corrections Interventions”)

(CFDA 16.810)

Goals: Decrease the disparity in recidivism of American Indian Offenders compared to the general population, and to decrease participating offenders' recidivism and return rates 12- months-post-release by 15%.

Description:Funds will be used to hire eight specialized probation and parole officers from August 1, 2009 - November 30, 2011, otherwise unfunded in the state budget. In-kind staff training, offender assessment tools, and data collection resources will compliment federal funds.   Officers will work closely with community and tribal partners.

Amount: $924,996 (federal) $62,371 (state match)

Status: As of June 30, 2010, $211,812 was expended to support officer salaries, assessment tools, and general operating expenses.

Officers are aggressively assessing offenders, developing management plans, and creating community and tribal partnerships. During this quarter, 203 offender assessments were conducted; officers made 309 referrals and had 1,878 contacts with participating offenders. In June, there were 237 offenders participating in the program; the average caseload was 23 offenders per officer. Officers continue to build their caseloads; target caseloads are between 30 and 40 offenders per officer. The number of participating offenders should increase substantially as the two recently-hired officers acquire their caseloads. Officers received 36 specialized training hours on the CAIS management tool.

More than 86 new partnerships have been reported this quarter. This includes: community treatment providers, drug task forces, tribal wellness staff, detectives, community clinic staff, federal law enforcement, tribal recovery center staff, and tribal courts.

All eight positions are now filled. We transferred one additional grant-funded probation and parole officer position from Livingston to Butte due to changes in offender populations. There was a lack of qualifying offenders in Livingston, while Butte had enough offenders with co-occurring diagnosis to support caseloads for at least two probation and parole officers. This change in scope was approved by US DOJ, and the position was filled with a new officer who started on July 12, 2010.

DOC has begun to collect feedback and data from community partners; feedback has been quite positive. For example, due to increased contacts with tribal wellness and recovery centers by the grant-funded officers, wellness programs are seeing increased participation rates. Ideally, this will result in positive behavioral change, increased compliance with treatment and management plans, and lower return and recidivism rates.

Officers began using the new CAIS offender management tool. Initial feedback from both officers and offenders is positive. The assessment is comprehensive and can take up to two hours to complete via a face-to-face interview with each individual offender.


Officer Location County Officer Name
Hardin Big Horn & Rosebud Adam Grainger
Havre Hill & Blaine Patti Killebrew-Hall
Polson Lake Carol Moran Patton
Cut Bank/Shelby Glacier Erin O'Brien
Glasgow Valley & Roosevelt James Anderson
Livingston Park William Thurlow
Hamilton Ravalli Allison Wilson
Butte Silver Bow Patricia Jory