Program Overview

The Bismarck Transition Center (BTC) is a comprehensive, community-based correctional program designed to help eligible, non-violent offenders transition back into the community. It provides the opportunity to develop necessary skills that aid male and female offenders in obtaining essentials such as employment and housing once they are released into society.  The program provides residents with a full-range of treatment services that decrease the likelihood of re-offense upon release.

Community, Counseling, and Correctional Services, Inc. (CCCS) in partnership with the North Dakota Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation opened BTC in August 2002.  The facility was renovated by a group of private investors and is leased to CCCS on a long-term basis.  BTC is the only correctional facility in North Dakota that is accredited by the American Correctional Association.

View BTC's program information.

View BTC's program directory.

View BTC's Visitor Sponsor Application.

View BTC's Acceptable Property List.

View BTC's Unacceptable Items List.

View BTC's Family Packet.

Program Mission

Bismarck Transition Center is a professional team of individuals who promote public safety, preserve the rights of victims, fulfill the mandates of the criminal justice system, and address the individual needs of adults.

Our Vision

Community, Counseling and Correctional Services is a company, through diversity, that continues to changes lives, one-life-at-a-time, by providing services and programs to the persons in need.

Program Goals

Meet the supervision and control needs of adult offenders in a community-based correctional setting by providing a safe and secure transition of residents into the community; provide opportunities for change through the delivery of Evidence Based Practices; thus reducing the risk of future criminal behavior.

Program Objectives

The BTC Administration has developed and monitors the following Program Objectives in an effort to best achieve Program Goals that align with the overall Corporate Vision and Program Mission.

  • Provide residents with a structured living and work environment trough staff supervision and monitoring;
  • Provide residents with a Case Manager responsible for development and constant assessment of an individualized case management plan;
  • Provide designated residents with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and/or Substance Abuse Services;
  • Provide residents with weekly individual contact with their designated Case Manager;
  • Provide residents with evidence based core correctional programming, which includes the eight principles developed by the Transition from Prison to Community Initiative, in collaboration with the ND DOCR;
  • Provide residents with community based support groups to be held within the facility;
  • Provide residents opportunities to access community based programming, including spiritual and religious activities;
  • Provide residents the opportunity to participate in recreational activities;
  • Provide residents opportunities for re-integration into their family and community, which includes weekly visitation and passes;
  • Provide opportunities for full-time employment and/or continued education.

The Security and Control, effectiveness of Core Correctional Programming and reduction of future criminal behavior is monitored through continual Quality Assurance efforts of the Bismarck Transition Center; Community, Counseling and Correctional Services (CCCS) and north Dakota Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (ND DOCR).

Administration and Program Staff

A dedicated team of staff distinguished by both education and experience provide services at BTC. CCCS has carefully selected a diverse and professional staff to ensure that residents receive the most effective environment for correctional programming and community transitional services.

View a brief biography of our key program staff.

Contact Information

Kevin Arthaud
Program Administrator
2001 Lee Avenue
Bismarck, ND  58504
Phone: 701.222.3440 Ext. 101 Fax: 701.222.3599

Making the Referral

Referrals to the BTC can be made by almost every segment of the North Dakota criminal justice and correctional system including correctional facility staff, parole officers, probation officials, and DOC staff. 

When making a referral, please complete the Screening and Application Form.

For the Release of Information Forms (ROI):

View the U.S. Probation and Pretrial Services ROI Form.

View the AC Multi-Agency ROI Form.

Please submit as many of the following items as are available:

  • Judgment and Commitment papers;
  • Initial Parole Board Report and Disposition;
  • Probation/Parole Violation Reports;
  • Current Medical Release from North Dakota State Prison (NDSP);
  • Basic Information Sheet;
  • Initial Classification Summary and Report; and
  • Summary of Unit Performance from NDSP.

Please submit all referrals to:

Kevin Arthaud
Program Administrator
2001 Lee Avenue
Bismarck, ND  58504
Phone: 701.222.3440 Ext. 101 Fax: 701.222.3599

Once a referral is received, the CCCS staff and local screening committee will review the appropriate paperwork (usually within 1 month of receipt) and determine the applicant’s suitability for the program.  In all cases, referring individuals and agencies will be notified in writing as to the admissions status and possible start date of the referred individual.

This page was last updated on 11/01/13.