The Honorable Judge Peterson with Helena Municipal Court introduced the Post-Adjudication Supervision Services (PASS) program in 2019 to provide supportive supervision for individuals with behavioral health disorders who are found guilty of their misdemeanor charge(s). CJS allocates one POST-certified Pretrial and Misdemeanor Probation Officer as a PASS Officer. The PASS Officer verifies the offender’s participation in behavioral health services and communicates completed check-ins to the Court. The Court may also allow individuals the opportunity for completed check-ins to apply credit towards their fines and fees. The Court determines the allowable amount to be deducted, but credit typically ranges from $5 to $20 for every hour engaged in behavioral health services. Deductions do not apply to any restitution owed to victims.
Participation in PASS is voluntary, and individuals may choose to pay fines and fees fully or partially. However, if an individual participates, the PASS Officer continues to review needs including housing, transportation, access to food, health care, and other socioeconomic factors, as well as help the individual establish goals and a schedule.
PASS Officer: Officer Jenn Norris, 406-457-8842