Gallatin County Treatment Court Christmas Celebration

For immediate release: December 13, 2021

Media Contact:
Andrea Lower, Treatment Court Coordinator

Gallatin County Treatment Court will be holding its annual celebration on Friday, Dec. 17. Treatment Court will begin at 9 AM in the 18th Judicial District Court – Department 3 – Judge John Brown’s courtroom at the Law and Justice Center, located at 615 South 16th Ave in Bozeman.

The celebration is to honor ongoing success and sobriety of the Treatment Court participants.

In 1999, Gallatin County Treatment Court became the first adult treatment court in Montana. It is an 18-month voluntary post-conviction, alternative sentencing program that provides tools necessary to overcome their addiction. This includes supervision and monitoring, drug and alcohol testing along with attending addictions counseling, mental health therapy and support groups.

The five core values of Treatment Court are Honesty, Integrity, Responsibility, Sobriety and Service.

Judge Brown voiced appreciation for the support of the Treatment Court program. “Prior to Treatment Court, their lives revolved around drugs, alcohol, and jail. But 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.  Judge Brown also voiced appreciation for the Gallatin County Commissioners ongoing support of Treatment Court.

At the celebration, participants receive gifts and treats donated by the Friends of Treatment Court and other supportive community members.

The Treatment Court Team includes:

Honorable Judge John Brown, Gallatin County District Court
Andrea Lower, Treatment Court Coordinator
Eric Kitzmiller, Chief Deputy Gallatin County Attorney
Kirsten Mull-Core, Attorney
Adrienne Ellington, Attorney
Dr. Jim Murphey, PhD Licensed Clinical Psychologist
Vicki DeBoer, Clinical Supervisor with Alcohol and Drug Services of Gallatin County
Erik Peterson, Probation and Parole Officer for Montana Department of Corrections
Korie Diehl, Assistant Treatment Court Coordinator

 Photo courtesy of Gallatin County Treatment Court.