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C.C.C.S. To Take Over County's Chemical Dependency Program

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Community Counseling and Correctional Services, also known as C.C.C.S, in Butte will be the new primary provider of the county's chemical dependency program, and now a new facility is moving into the Mining City.

Community Counseling and Correctional Services in Butte hosts a variety of services.

The non-profit organization provides treatment to drug and alcohol users.

It is in charge of the pre-release facility in Butte, and it even holds and treats juveniles with criminal records.

Now, C.C.C.S. will add another service to the list.

"We took over the local chemical dependency services," said Mike Thatcher, an administrator with C.C.C.S. "We will be interviewing existing employees tomorrow. I think what's important is these are needed services in southwest Montana. That's why we elected to bid on providing that service. Last year they provided services for roughly 400 adolescents and adults."

Starting in June, C.C.C.S will be the primary funder for the chemical dependency service, originally provided by the county at the community health center, but a budget study found the county was losing money by funding those services.

With C.C.C.S stepping up, patients will see an increase in treatment.

"More exciting is we hope to expand and enhance those programs and services and offer a more broader menu of services," Thatcher said.

Along with taking over the community chemical dependency program, C.C.C.S is instrumental in the construction of a state chemical dependency facility in Butte.

A project that could have gone anywhere in Montana.

"In lieu of us getting involved in our community leadership to build that facility, there was a strong likelihood it would have been relocated somewhere else in the state," Thatcher said. "The tragedy would have been the loss of jobs."

Thatcher says Butte could have lost 57 high paying jobs if the facility was moved somewhere else, a facility that will soon house 32 beds and a three building campus.

C.C.C.S will take over the county's chemical dependency program in June.

Construction of the new state drug treatment center is expected to be completed by the end of this year.

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