County diversion program looks to expand after receiving national recognition

MISSOULA, Mont. – Being recognized as one of the country’s most innovative new programs, Missoula County’s Calibrate program received a $600,000 grant award from the federal Department of Justice.

This prosecution-led diversion program differs from treatment courts in the area. Treatment courts are programs that take place after convictions, where participants of Calibrate are enrolled earlier on, prior to convictions and can avoid them completely.

This grant will be used to hire more staff, get more resources for chemical dependency evaluations, and ultimately create room for more participants.