Behavioral Health Options
The "Options" program provides services for students experiencing troubles associated with their substance use. Some students are required to take a program due to a student conduct or legal infraction. Others seek services on their own when substances interfere with their goals, values and relationships. All of our licensed addiction counselors are also licensed as mental health providers and will be able to help you develop and implement a plan to get your life back on track. Please note that due to the COVID-19 pandemic all the Options services will be conducted via telecounseling unless otherwise noted.
Options Program Description
Phase 1 ASTS: Alcohol Skills Training (ASAM 0.5)
Phase 2 Basics (ASAM 0.5)
Phase 3 Outpatient Counseling (ASAM 1.0)
What happens if I don’t go to Behavioral Health Options?
The University holds students accountable for their actions. Those who don’t take care of their disciplinary sanctions are not allowed to register for classes. A "hold" is placed on their University account and is removed only when they have completed the Behavioral Health Options program. Students are advised to take their Conduct Code sanctions seriously from the beginning and address them in a timely fashion.
How do I remove the hold on my registration so I can get the classes I want?
Complete the Behavioral Health Options program. We will work with you to get you through the program as quickly as possible, but don’t wait too long as appointments fill toward the end of the semester and you’ll miss your opportunity to register early.
I want to drop a class, but can’t because of the Options hold. What do I do?
Contact Behavioral Health Options. Once you have scheduled an appointment, you will be able to drop your class, but the hold will remain until you complete the program.
What if it’s semester break, I can’t register because of a Behavioral Health Options hold, and I can’t get back to campus to complete Behavioral Health Options?
You will either need to make the necessary arrangements to return to campus early and complete the program, or complete it the first few weeks of the semester and register late for classes. Completing a comparable program in your hometown during the break is an option. Contact the Behavioral Health Options coordinator to make arrangements.
What if I withdrew from school, no longer live in Missoula, and can’t get a refund because of the hold?
Contact Behavioral Health Options. If you were sanctioned to Behavioral Health Options, the University still expects you to attend an intervention program in your hometown. Until you do complete a program, you will have to contact the Behavioral Health Options coordinator every time you want to do business with the University, whether that is a refund, sending a transcript, or paying for classes.
What if I get written up on campus and then get an MIP a week later downtown? Can Phase 1 take care of both?
No, you will need to complete both Phase 1 and Phase 2, even if the judge says Phase 1 will count for the MIP. You can take care of your MIP class elsewhere if you wish. Just make arrangements with Behavioral Health Options to transfer your referral paperwork.
Why might my son or daughter be attending Behavioral Health Options?
Behavioral Health Options or a comparable education/prevention program is mandated by the university when students have an alcohol or other drug student conduct code violation. The judicial system requires an MIP program when a person under the age of 21 is issued a Minor In Possession of alcohol, or MIP.
My student was "written-up" in the Residence Hall. What does this mean?
If your student has violated the drinking laws of Montana and/or the Student Conduct Code, he or she will be required to complete alcohol and drug intervention programs or attend counseling (drug offenses are subject to students losing their federal financial aid).
How do I prevent this from becoming a problem for my student in college?
Can I require my student to go to drug/alcohol counseling or testing?
Whether your student attends counseling is between you and your student. We cannot seek out your student and require that they attend Behavioral Health Options counseling. We would be happy to advise you on ways to discuss your concerns with your student. The University does not provide drug tests or BAC screenings, either. If you or the judicial system would like reports on your student's drug use, contact Saint Patrick Hospital or Turning Point Mental Health Center (406- 532-9800) to obtain these services.
Why can't I discuss my student's records with the Health Center?
Your student's medical records are confidential, and that includes the Behavioral Health Options program. While we can speak with you about the way our program works, we cannot disclose any information relating to your student in particular. This includes whether or not he or she is enrolled in the program. We can, however, discuss your student's case with their written consent.
How can I help a student that appears to be struggling with alcohol or other drugs?
A sudden change in a student's performance may indicate a drug or alcohol problem or another mental health concern. If you notice a student suddenly withdrawing from class discussion or missing classes, express your concern to that student. Let them know that counseling and substance abuse services are available at Curry Health Center.
Is there anything I can do in the classroom for substance abuse prevention?
Do your part in the classroom to encourage safe party habits. Encourage students to attend alcohol-free events on campus as you become aware of them. At the end of a Friday lecture remind students to use a designated driver if they choose to drink over the weekend or to use the free UDASH bus that shuttles students between campus and downtown every half hour.
Should I excuse students from my class when they have a Behavioral Health Options appointment?
Behavioral Health Options does not provide written excuses for students to miss class. It is the student's responsibility to schedule their appointments outside of class time. However, students who missed class due to a crisis appointment may present with a memo from Curry Health Center signed by a provider.