County seeking proposals for 24/7 sobriety monitoring

Cascade County is seeking a new provider for its alcohol and drug monitoring program.

On Friday, the commission and sheriff’s office posted their request for proposals from interested consultants to administer the Montana 24/7 Sobriety and Drug Monitoring Program, more commonly known as the 24/7 program.

According to the RFP, proposals are being sought “to provide the twice daily testing for the presence of alcohol or drugs or when twice daily testing is impractical, transdermal alcohol monitoring or testing by other methods approved by the Montana Department of Justice.”

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Proposals are due by 5 p.m. April 26 and must demonstrate the ability to operate the breath testing twice daily at 12-hour intervals between 7-9 a.m. and 7-9 p.m. daily, including weekends and holidays.

The county is planning to select and award a contract by mid-May, according to the RFP.

The provider must have space for testing within the city limits that is accessible by Great Falls Transit.

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The county requires that the provider enroll participants using the Montana Department of Justice forms, use IntoxiTract software system for tracking participants and provide/use portable breath tests from Intoxilyzer and all other necessary supplies to conduct the work.

The county will require the provider to report violations within 72 hours to the city or county attorney’s offices and be available to testify in court regarding violations.

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Under the proposal, participants would pay 24/7 fees directly to the provider, removing that revenue from the county, but also the associated expenses.

The breath test is $2 per day; SCRAM monitoring bracelets are $9 to $9.50 daily; a monitoring patch is $565 per patch plus a one time $50 administrative fee.

The contract will be effective for one year beginning from the date that all parties have signed the contract and will automatically review annually unless written notice of termination is provided at least 120 days prior to the expiration of the existing term.

The full RFP is available here.