The Billings Adult Misdemeanor Drug Court Program (BAMDC) has been in existence since February 2005, and was the first adult misdemeanor drug court in the state of Montana. Led by Judge Sheila R. Kolar, and the BAMDC Team consisting of a City prosecutor, a City public defender, treatment professionals from the Rimrock Foundation, a probation officer from Community Solutions, Inc. and members of the Billings Police Department and Yellowstone County Sheriff's Department.
BAMDC offers a therapeutic court option that focuses on accountability, recovery, and sobriety for offenders who commit crimes while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Alcohol is the number one drug of choice among BAMDC participants. Regular supervision and testing promote sobriety among Drug Court participants. The presence of uniformed police officers during home visits enhances the safety and effectiveness of those visits. EtG testing is the most accurate and long-term method to test for alcohol use. Currently we serve 40-50 participants annually. Those participants that are accepted must have pled guilty to or have been convicted of an underlying offense which is related to drug or alcohol abuse. Each participant must agree to participate in drug court for the term of the court's jurisdiction (12-18 months).