Alternatives, Inc.

Alternatives, Inc. We promote public safety and challenge offenders to become responsible, productive citizens through firm, fair, consistent supervision, treatment, and education.
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In 1980 an offender released from the Montana State Prison was given a bus ticket and $100 in gate money and permitted to keep his khakis or blues (uniform). With not much of a stake with which to get started and sometimes no job prospects or residence, the odds of returning to prison were substantial. Returning to prison served neither the interests of the public (as taxpayer or victims) nor the offender. As a result, in the late 70's Montana had filled its new prison and still had prisoners in the old territorial prison that it was meant to replace. Alternatives, Inc. opened the doors of the Alpha House men's pre-release center on June 9th of 1980 with a view to supporting public safety and improving the chances of offenders successfully returning to the Billings community. The fact that Alpha House (initially Community Halfway Group House) opened its doors at all was a testament to the perseverance of members of the Billings community who faced an uphill struggle to win public support, locate housing, and secure funds for what was then a novel program. The non-profit organization was born in the basement of the First Congregational Church where Polly Holmes, a Billings legislator, gathered a Board that included other legislators, college professors, lawyers, the Police Chief, and countless others for early morning meetings. With the assistance of a consultant Rusty Rokita of Hardin, the Alternatives' Board gained legislative authority for a contract with the Department of Corrections (then Department of Institutions) and signed a lease for space in the Chapple building located at 104 North 31st Street. The leased space in the Chapple building had been vacant for 17 years and was formerly the site of the Alexandra Hotel. In early 1980 the race was on to renovate the space to include offices, bedrooms, and a kitchen in time for the opening. On June 9th five male inmates arrived in Billings and were the state's first pre-release clients. The emphasis in the early years of the program was finding employment for offenders and developing a parole plan that included a place to live, adequate savings, and referrals to community counseling services. Over the years case management and security staff have been supplemented with Licensed Addictions Counselors, Licensed Certified Professional Counselors, job development personnel, nursing staff, and recreation managers. addresses chemical dependency, anger management, criminal thinking, the effects of trauma, domestic violence, parenting, and mental health concerns through individual and group sessions with clients. In the mid 1980's Alternatives began offering jail alternative services in Yellowstone County and by the 90's in Stillwater and Carbon counties. These programs offer alternatives to incarceration for misdemeanor offenders and include a broad range of treatment and supervision services. Annually, over 6,000 referrals are made from City, Justice, and District Courts to the jail alternative programs. Clients may participate in many of the counseling services offered to residential clients in addition to supervision services including urinalysis, breath testing, electronic monitoring, misdemeanor probation and supervision, SCRAM (24 hour per day drug and alcohol monitoring), and remote breath testing. Residential services are also offered in the form of detention and work release placements. In 2007 Alternatives, Inc. opened its Passages program in the former Howard Johnson Motor Lodge on South 27th Street. This unique program for women offers inpatient drug and alcohol treatment, a statewide intake facility for offenders sentenced to the Department of Corrections, a sanction center for probationers, and a pre-release center. As with the men's program Alpha House, the Passages program serves clients from the Federal Bureau of Prisons as well as state referred offenders. Today this Billings based non-profit organization serves more than 350 residential clients each day and offers jail alternatives to thousands of lower court referrals. The agency is governed by a twenty-five member Board of Directors whose membership includes business people, elected officials, law enforcement, and probation and parole representatives, educators, and community volunteers. is dedicated to working towards solutions to crime and addictions related problems as a community based organization. It is our belief that the community is strengthened when offenders become responsible, productive citizens.

Operating as usual

Come work for us...We pay you to refer your friends too!!
03/05/2021

Come work for us...

We pay you to refer your friends too!!

SIGN ON BONUSCheck out our sign on bonus program.  Current open positions:Client AdvisorCase ManagerLACLCPCIntake Coordi...
03/04/2021

SIGN ON BONUS

Check out our sign on bonus program.

Current open positions:
Client Advisor
Case Manager
LAC
LCPC
Intake Coordinator
Jail Alternatives Manager
Accounting Manager

***DM Alternatives page if you would like to inquire about an open position***

Interested in applying..... Click below:
https://altinc.net/open-positions/

03/03/2021

We are hiring for Licensed Professionals!!! LAC's and LCPC's

Perks:
Competitive Wages $$$
Excellent Benefit Package (Medical 🩺, Dental 🦷, Vision πŸ‘€, 401K πŸ’°, Flex Savings, Life Insurance, Holidays, PTO)
No weekends!!

Sign on BONUS $$$$ πŸ’²πŸ’° ($1500 - $3000) πŸ’°πŸ’² $$$$
Plus a Referral Bonus program

If you help us hire a Treatment professional... we will pay you $500!!! πŸ’ΈπŸ’²πŸ’ΈπŸ’²

How does that work: Refer an LAC or LCPC, message Alternatives FB page with the name of who you referred... if that individual is hired by Alternatives in one of our LAC or LCPC roles, you will receive $500!!

03/03/2021

February was another great month for anniversaries. Thank you to all our staff who continue to provide individualized, dedicated services to our clients and community.

2/2 Chelsey Duenow, Passages Program Supervisor- 6 years
2/3 Jennifer Bauer, Alpha Case Manager- 14 years
2/4 Chris O'Brien, Accounting Supervisor - 2 years
2/6 Angela Fulton, Passages Admin Support - 4 years
2/6 Tanisha Rodriguez, Beta Jail Alternative Manager - 4 years
2/10 Carol Heath, Housekeeping Assistant - 1 year
2/10 Cheryl Ames, Payroll Accountant - 1 year
2/11 Eric Braun, Misdemeanor Probation Officer - 8 years
2/17 Diane Fisher, Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor- 6 years
2/18 Jeff Robinson, Alpha Client Advisor III- 10 years
2/19 Adam Chenoweth, Alpha Case Manager IV- 2 years
2/26 Misty Reed, Housekeeping Assistant-

For the last 2 years, residents at Passages have donated "Memory" babies and plush animals with a handmade crocheted bla...
02/05/2021

For the last 2 years, residents at Passages have donated "Memory" babies and plush animals with a handmade crocheted blanket to the residents of Avantara Billings for memory care patients for Valentine's Day. Here you can see our Recreation Manager, Rita Frost, with some of the goodies. This is such a great opportunity for the gals to give back to the community, learn some skills, and share kindness.

Over the last couple weeks, we showed you snippets of our 2020 Annual Report.  For physical copies or an electronic copy...
02/03/2021

Over the last couple weeks, we showed you snippets of our 2020 Annual Report. For physical copies or an electronic copy of the report, please contact Alternatives' Director of Development, Amanda Green at [email protected].

A spread version can be found at our website here:https://altinc.net/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/2020-Alternatives-Annual-Report.pdf

From Alternatives' 2020 Annual Report: An exciting day- we celebrate the staff, board members, and community partners wh...
02/02/2021

From Alternatives' 2020 Annual Report:

An exciting day- we celebrate the staff, board members, and community partners whom without we would not be able to serve our clients. We are grateful for each and everyone of you for your dedication to the agency and commitment to making our communities a safer place.

Dress for Success, Billings, Montana, Help for Homeless Pets-Billings, MT, United Way of Yellowstone County, Yellowstone River Parks Association, Frontier Psychiatry, South Side Neighborhood Task Force, RiverStone Health, Healthy By Design, Substance Abuse Connect Coalition, Montana Department of Corrections, @Yellowstone County Sheriffs Office, Billings Police Department, Billings Adult and Community Education, and countless others!

From Alternatives' 2020 Annual Report:Today we talk about Success!  Alternatives clients complete programs at a higher r...
02/01/2021

From Alternatives' 2020 Annual Report:

Today we talk about Success! Alternatives clients complete programs at a higher rate than other programs and produce less recidivism than the national and state level. Recidivism is defined as the return to prison within 3 years.

Today's information shows the low rate of return to prison and outlines Innovative programs used to address lower court completion rates.

01/31/2021

Staff Anniversary Alert for January 2021!! Thank you for all your hard work!

Pat Case-Threet, Accounting Manager- 5 years January 1
Jennifer Spencer, Alpha Admin Support- 5 years January 1
John Williams, Alpha House Director- 5 years January 1
Kristi Padilla- Contract Assurance Coordinator- 15 years January 2
Shelbi Wolff, Passages LAC- 4 years January 3
Sarah Fuller, Passages Case Manager- 4 years January 5
Terri Thornell, Alpha Admin Support- 6 years January 5
Athena Beaumont, ABC Receptionist- 1 year January 6
Michelle Larson, Passages CA- 1 year January 6
Jennifer Scroggins, Passages CA Supervisor- 3 years January 8
Doug Dewitz, Sous Chef- 14 years January 8
Brice Brogan, Compass LAC- 17 years January 8
Meaghan Cook, Passages CA- 1 year January 13
Matthew Welch, Maintenance- 1 year January 13
Yolawnda Henry, HR Director- 10 years January 14
Bridget Girard, Passages Operations Supervisor- 12 years January 26
Kiana Regalado, Passages Case Manager- 1 year January 27
Justin Ankeny, Alpha CA- 1 year January 27
Stephanie Churchill, Resident Accountant- 1 year January 27

From Alternatives' 2020 Annual Report:The Beta Jail Alternative Program has been serving the Billings and surrounding co...
01/29/2021

From Alternatives' 2020 Annual Report:

The Beta Jail Alternative Program has been serving the Billings and surrounding communities sine 1984. As a small restitution collection and community service program for Yellowstone County back then, it now services over 7,000 community referrals from local justice, municipal, and district courts. It provides testing and monitoring services for the local Probation and Parole and Child and Family Services offices, and it is known to be a pioneer in community supervision, testing, and monitoring technologies. The Beta Program successful completes nearly 78% of all their referred clientele through 37 different program options and satellite offices in Red Lodge and Columbus.

From the Alternatives' 2020 Annual Report:Today we discuss Substance Abuse Disorders, Mental Health, Partner Family Memb...
01/28/2021

From the Alternatives' 2020 Annual Report:

Today we discuss Substance Abuse Disorders, Mental Health, Partner Family Member Assault Programming and Alternatives' response to a growing need for more counseling services. In 2020, Alternatives moved it Administrative and Beta Jail Alternatives program and created a new treatment program: COMPASS. These three areas quipped ABC now occupy a newly remolded building that serves as a one-stop-location for all community client and treatment needs.

From Alternatives' 2020 Annual Report:Passages is front and center today.  The program that was created in 2007 at the s...
01/27/2021

From Alternatives' 2020 Annual Report:

Passages is front and center today. The program that was created in 2007 at the site of the former Howard Johnson's Hotel is now the location of the women's pre-release, female state Assessment, Sanction, and Revocation Center for all Female felony offenders with a Department of Corrections Commitment, 90-day Drug and Alcohol Inpatient treatment program, and a Culinary Arts Program (CAP) that specializes in the education and training for a pre-apprentice program.

From Alternatives 2020 Annual Report:Today we discover more about Alternatives and the Alpha House Program which initial...
01/26/2021

From Alternatives 2020 Annual Report:

Today we discover more about Alternatives and the Alpha House Program which initially started as a 5-bed halfway house in 1980.

From Alternatives' 2020 Annual Report:Today is all about community impact.  Look at those numbers!  Residents are requir...
01/25/2021

From Alternatives' 2020 Annual Report:

Today is all about community impact. Look at those numbers! Residents are required to seek and maintain legal, gainful employment, complete treatment for substance abuse and mental health, and pay taxes, restitution, fines, and personal needs/rent. All that information is found on page 4 along with a brief agency history and our organization's chart.

Today we share with you information about the agency in light of COVID, a few words from our CEO David Armstrong and 202...
01/22/2021

Today we share with you information about the agency in light of COVID, a few words from our CEO David Armstrong and 2020 Board of Director President Mr. Todd Buchannan, and the contents of what is to come the next serval posts.

Starting today, we will be sharing snippets of our Agency 2020 Annual Report showcasing resident/client community impact...
01/21/2021

Starting today, we will be sharing snippets of our Agency 2020 Annual Report showcasing resident/client community impact, successes, client, referral source, and community partner feedback, and recidivism rates. Check back each day for new information.

Shout out to Rebel River Creative for your fantastic work helping us achieve a professional and crisp report!

For today, we will share a teaser with the front and back covers featuring our 40th Anniversary logo designed by Heins Creative

Alternatives appreciates all our community partners and referral sources.  Today we recognize a longstanding referral so...
01/20/2021

Alternatives appreciates all our community partners and referral sources. Today we recognize a longstanding referral source, Pam Hellerud, a Juvenile Probation Officer in Carbon County for 32.5 years! She retired at the end of 2020, and while we are sad to see her go, we are excited for her new adventure! Thank you Pam for everything you have done for Alternatives over the years including your contributions to the Carbon County Advisory Committee and all of the young lives you touched over your career.

Pam is seen in the photo below with the Carbon Alternatives Manager, Cheyenne Wiley receiving her commemorative retirement plaque and gift from Alternatives.

It's National Bagel Day and you know what that means?!? The Sunshine Team at Alpha strikes again with a thankful treat f...
01/15/2021

It's National Bagel Day and you know what that means?!? The Sunshine Team at Alpha strikes again with a thankful treat from The Great American Bagel. Thanks for treating the staff!

Here at Alternatives, we hope you have a fantastic 3 day weekend. Alternatives' Administrative Offices will be closed on Monday, January 18 in observation of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Ugly Sweaters you say?  Our staff still know how to put a smile on each others faces, even through the masks (Smile with...
12/28/2020

Ugly Sweaters you say? Our staff still know how to put a smile on each others faces, even through the masks (Smile with your eyes folks!)

Generally Passages and Alpha House are able to celebrate Christmas with their families and Santa.  This year was a bit d...
12/28/2020

Generally Passages and Alpha House are able to celebrate Christmas with their families and Santa. This year was a bit different given COVID-19, but we still wanted to share the gifts of gratitude and kindness over the holiday season for each of the residents.

We'd like to give an extra special thanks to Rich and Terri Todd of GIA Gratitude In Action who donated 88 gift cards to go into goodie bags for each of our pre-release residents at Passages. In a particularly challenging time for everyone, their kindness is appreciated. Kindness is the reason for the season and GIA does this each day.

The mission of GIA is to promote recovery and sober living by creating a community that empowers men and women the opportunity to become self-supporting.

The GIA store supports and funds Ignatia's House, which is committed to providing a safe, well-structured living environment as an effective transition program from active alcoholism and chemical dependency. They offer a place to feel human again, establish a disciplined life, regain and maintain a strong program of sobriety and recovery, while experiencing the relational support necessary to sustain a sober existence.

More info on GIA can be found at their website: https://www.giamt.org/https://www.giamt.org/

Alternatives has over 170 employees at three separate buildings: Alpha House, Alternatives/Beta/Compass, and Passages.  ...
12/14/2020

Alternatives has over 170 employees at three separate buildings: Alpha House, Alternatives/Beta/Compass, and Passages. Each month the agency nominates members of staff to be recognized as Employee of the Month and our Administrative team selects one individual who represents our agency mission by going above and beyond. In October, Debbie Fredrickson was selected. Debbie is a Client Advisor Supervisor on the Swing Shift at Alpha. Debbie, thank you for all you do for our agency!

Ellen Moore with our Alpha House Administrative Assistant department received her 5 year plaque and recognition.  Thanks...
12/11/2020

Ellen Moore with our Alpha House Administrative Assistant department received her 5 year plaque and recognition. Thanks for being a valuable member of our team! We look forward to many more years!

Mental Health and Substance Abuse Disorder treatment is needed now more than ever.  Most counselors had adapted tremendo...
12/11/2020

Mental Health and Substance Abuse Disorder treatment is needed now more than ever. Most counselors had adapted tremendously during this time to continue offering services through the use of Teleconferencing systems!

Behavioral Health Alliance of Montana reminds us all that we MUST prioritize funding in the upcoming legislature to support community treatment, provide services, and continue the fight to provide services! Look at the We Already Gave Campaign here for more information. https://montanabehavioralhealth.org/already-gave-campaign/. Contact your legislators and remind them of what is at stake this year.

With the legislature set to begin soon, let's not forget the ripple effect the last round of budget cuts had on communities across Montana. This legislature MUST prioritize funding for behavioral health. If you agree, contact your legislators to let them know how important it is! https://leg.mt.gov/legislator-lookup/

Many of our residents at Passages and Alpha use donations of clothing and or other household items as they transition ba...
12/09/2020

Many of our residents at Passages and Alpha use donations of clothing and or other household items as they transition back to the community. Often times community members ask how they can help and we suggest donating items when they clean out their closets.

Seen here, David Burt with Faith Chapel dropped donations of gently used men's clothing to Alpha House. Other clothing items were provided by another community member.

We appreciate everyone giving back to our residents and allowing them a second chance at a drug-free, crime-free lifestyle.

if you would like to arrange a donation of items including clothing, small kitchen or household items, etc., please direct message us through Facebook and we will coordinate pickup or exchanges. Please no large items or furniture as we do not have storage options.

Congratulations to Shelbi Wolff who graduated this Fall with her Masters in Rehabilitation and Mental Health from Montan...
12/07/2020

Congratulations to Shelbi Wolff who graduated this Fall with her Masters in Rehabilitation and Mental Health from Montana State University Billings. Shelbi is Licensed Addiction Counselor at Passages on the Alcohol and Drug Treatment Unit.

While COVID has canceled many of the graduation ceremonies, Passages found way to give Shelbi her stage walk and played Pomp and Circumstance as she donned her cap and gown.

Great work to Passages's Recreation Manager, Rita Frost, for all your work on our The Family Tree Center's annual Festiv...
12/04/2020

Great work to Passages's Recreation Manager, Rita Frost, for all your work on our The Family Tree Center's annual Festival of the Trees submission. Thank you to Julie Drager for donating your mother's Thirty Year Collection of White House ornaments.

Also thank you to the following businesses who donated gift cards to be added to our tree:

Classy N Sassy Coffee 2- $15
The Joy of Living $25
Rebels & Razors Barber Club $15
This House of Books $25
Rail Line Coffee $25
Tiny's Tavern $30 (and an additional $30 donated by Susy Paddock)
Aspinwall Mountain Wear $25
Liberty & Vine Country Store $25
GypsyWind $25
CJ's Bar and Grill - Billings MT $25 (donated by Gina Poor)

Dreaming of a White House Christmas by Passages

Congratulations to Bigida Solorio on 5 years with the agency.  Brigida is currently a Jail Alternatives Manager, but she...
11/13/2020

Congratulations to Bigida Solorio on 5 years with the agency. Brigida is currently a Jail Alternatives Manager, but she spent most of the last 5 years working as a Client Advisor at Passages. Thank you for your service to our agency. We can't wait to see you grow in your new position managing the Random Drug and Alcohol Testing program .

Thank you to all our Veterans who served.  Alternatives has a several staff who have served:Adam ChenowethMatt Deutscher...
11/11/2020

Thank you to all our Veterans who served. Alternatives has a several staff who have served:
Adam Chenoweth
Matt Deutscher
Doug Dewitz
William Goboff
Matthew Welch
Eric Peterson
Jeff Robinson
John Williams
Bobbi Jo Walla
Justin Ankeny

Thank you! Happy Veteran's Day everyone.

We have selected our Board of Directors Officers for the coming 2021 year.  Congratulations and thank you for serving ou...
11/10/2020

We have selected our Board of Directors Officers for the coming 2021 year. Congratulations and thank you for serving our Agency and the Billings' Community!

Lisa Skriner, City College at Montana State University Billings: President
Verne Petermann, Retired- Billings Police Department: 1st Vice President
Blade Stiller, First Federal Bank & Trust Montana: 2nd Vice President
Ziggy Ziegler: Secretary/Treasure
Todd Buchannan, Buchannan Capital: Past President

11/06/2020
Open Positions

Come Join the Alternatives Team today. See our open positions below:
- Client Advisor ----> SIGN ON BONUS
- Housekeeping Assistant ----> SIGN ON BONUS
- Licensed Professionals (LAC and LCPC) ----> SIGN ON BONUS
- Administrative Support

SIGN ON BONUS DETAILS:
$2100 TOTAL!!!
$100 at 1 month employment
$200 at 2 months employment
$300 at 3 months employment
$400 at 4 months employment
$500 at 5 months employment
$600 at 6 months employment

And we have a Referral Bonus program too.. Join our Team, refer your friends and cash in on even more M$O$N$E$Y!!

Apply Online: www.altinc.net/open-positions

A leader in community corrections. Alternatives, Inc., a Billings based non-profit serving Yellowstone, Carbon, and Stillwater Counties.

Have you voted yet!?!  Ballots are due by Tuesday, November 3rd to your local office (or the Metra if you are in Billing...
10/30/2020

Have you voted yet!?! Ballots are due by Tuesday, November 3rd to your local office (or the Metra if you are in Billings). This election is certain to impact community corrections at the local, state, and federal levels.

Many are still undecided, and our Beta Alternatives team has a push for a Presidential Nominee if you are still looking for a candidate to throw your support behind. Supervisor- Justina Goldhahn is here with her own Secret Service crew!

COVID-19 has everyone feeling a little Boney lately.  Alternatives had a special visit from Tim "Jon Bone Jovi" Sisson a...
10/30/2020

COVID-19 has everyone feeling a little Boney lately. Alternatives had a special visit from Tim "Jon Bone Jovi" Sisson at ABC, Alpha, and Passages over the last month.

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