County to award contract for 24/7 sobriety program

Next week, the Cascade County Commission will consider approving an agreement with Compliance Monitoring Systems, LLC to provide 24/7 Sobriety Services.

The program will operate in the county 365 days per year without limitation and will provide twice daily breath testing, SCRAM, PharmChem drug patch, urinalysis testing and report participation violations, according to the county.

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If approved, the contract begins July 1 with automatic one-year renewals unless written notice of termination is provided at least 120 days prior to expiration the existing term.

According to the county’s request for proposals released in April, the provider must have space for testing within the city limits that is accessible by Great Falls Transit.

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The county released a request for proposals in April and received one bid.

According to the RFP, proposals were 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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The county required 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.

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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.