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Bozeman, MT 59717-3260

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Health Promotion

Insight/MSU Alcohol & Drug Assistance Center

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The INSIGHT Program is a student organization interested in education and prevention in order to minimize the risks concerned with the use/abuse of alcohol and other drugs on campus. INSIGHT's mission is to encourage responsible choices.

MSU Alcohol and Drug Assistance Center
1219 Gopher Court
Phone: 406-994-5937

Our Focus
Family Assistance
Intervention Process
Individual Assistance
Frequently Asked Questions
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"A Focus on Prevention and Individual Student Needs"

MSU is dedicated to providing a voluntary, confidential resource to assist all students who are impacted directly or indirectly by Chemical abuse. Confidentiality is assured in all student issues. The office provides referral, pre-assessment support, which promotes the legal, healthy and low-risk use of alcohol and the non-use of illicit drugs. The center:

¨ Promotes and supports alternative student programs and activities
¨ Offers referral assistance to students and their friends who have alcohol and other drug use issues.
¨ Offers workshops, seminars and training.
¨ Gives support to friends and family who are affected by someone else's substance use/abuse.
¨ Supports other MSU offices, faculty and staff in issues relating to alcohol/drugs.
¨ Provides factual information and dispels myths about alcohol and other drugs.
¨ Disseminates information on local treatment and recovery program options.
¨ Provides information, support and referral for those students affected by behavioral compulsions
  and for students who are/were affected by chemical abuse within a family.

Family Assistance

MSU’s Alcohol and Drug Assistance Center offers limited family counseling and referral. Our Licensed Counselor will meet and consult with family or friends of students on a limited basis in order to discuss options and offer support. We can also offer possible treatment referrals.

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The Insight program is a three level alcohol\drug intervention process open to all MSU students either by self-referral or by referral from MSU offices or staff.


The Focus Seminar is a one-time attendance educational process group run by student facilitators and designed to be interactive and informational.  During the four hours of contact, evidenced based educational components are employed to help participants minimize risk associated with use.  At the close of the seminar participants are offered information about support groups, therapy groups, and individual counseling.  The cost of the group is free for self-referrals and $75 for mandatory referrals.


BASICS is an acronym for brief alcohol screening and intervention for college students.  BASICS is an evidence based version of motivational interviewing designed to increase motivation to change use of alcohol and other drugs.  The four hour intervention includes the following:

  1. Completion of written alcohol\drug assessments
  2. A one hour data gathering interview followed by a  one hour personalized feedback interview with a trained professional
  3. A personalized feedback sheet including information on blood alcohol concentration, social norms and risk factors associated with alcohol and other drug use.

Level II also has no fee for self-referral, but there is a charge of $100 dollars for students required to complete BASICS.


Most students experiencing problems with alcohol and other drugs are identified in the above two levels.  However, some individual situations require ongoing observation and assessment as well as possible inpatient or outpatient treatment.  Since MSU does not have on-campus alcohol/drug treatment services, students in Level III are referred to outside providers for further assistance.


Montana State University employs a full-time licensed counselor who specializes in chemical dependency.  If students have paid the health service fee, they can make an appointment at no additional charge.

The Insight office is staffed with two student employees: the Student Director and the Assistant Student Director. The program's Director, who is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, oversees both of these employees. The two student employees run the Level I Focus Seminar and the Program Director runs Levels II and III.

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I just got my letter from J-Board that says I must attend Insight. How do I sign-up?

  1. Stop by the Insight Office (1219 Gopher Court) and pick up the special form you need.
  2. Take the special form to the Business Office in Montana Hall.
  3. Present form and required funds to the cashier.
  4. Bring both the pink & yellow receipt back to the Insight Office.
  5. Fill out the necessary paperwork (about 5 minutes).
  6. Congratulations! You are now registered.

Can't I just call and sign-up?

No. You must follow the steps outlined above.

If I get written up twice in the same day, does it count as one?

Sorry. It counts as two separate incidents. This entitles you to attend both LEVEL I and LEVEL II of the Insight Program.

What if I am appealing my write-up?

Drop off a document that shows your appeal is in process, or have the Judicial Board mail us a written notice. Either way, it is your responsibility to make sure we are notified.

What if I forget to come into Insight and register?

Don't worry, WE WILL NOT FORGET YOU! The Insight Office will place a friendly hold on your student records. This means you will not be able to do many things, some of which are: add, drop, or sign-up for classes until you remember us.

What happens if I forget to attend the Focus Seminar after I've already signed up?

Because we will have missed your sunny face and disposition at the Focus Seminar, we will place a hold on your records (same as above) until you come in and re-register ($10 for on campus violations or $25 for court ordered MIPs) and attend the new Focus Seminar.

How can I avoid all these holds?

  1. Come into the office as soon as you are aware of your responsibility.
  2. Attend the Focus Seminar you are scheduled for.
  3. If you have a problem with the scheduled seminar, stop by or call the office to make different arrangements.

Who else can see my Insight File?

  1. Dean of Students.
  2. Director of Residence Life.
  3. Director of Counseling & Psychological Services.
  4. Director of Student Health.

Who do I see if I have more in-depth questions about alcohol or drugs?

There are many options available to you. If you start with the counselor, Rick Winking (Swingle Student Health & Insight Program), he can either personally help you or direct you toward many other options that are best suited to you and your needs.

Is the Insight Office held to Confidentiality?
All staff members that work at the Insight Office respect confidentiality and will not discuss your file with anyone outside the staff.

What if I was written up my freshman year, and I completed the Focus Seminar and I get another write-up 2 years later?

This will be a second write-up and you are now at LEVEL II. You can only do LEVEL I once during your college career (no matter how much you enjoyed it).

If you placed a hold on my records, how soon after I attend the Focus Seminar will it be removed?

Generally, the holds are removed the morning following the attended Focus Seminar.

Why does it cost $75.00?
Choose any of the following:

  1. We want all your beer money for the week.
  2. We need to cover the cost of running the office and materials.
  3. We want to keep the price reasonable for students. If not for Insight, students found in possession of alcohol would have to go through the city of Bozeman Courts and the cost is generally over $300 instead of $75.

Can I use the Insight Program to cover my obligations for DUI (Driving Under the Influence) class?

No. No. No. But thanks for thinking of us

If I took ACT classes for another offense does that mean I don’t need to take the seminar?

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Interested in learning how your drinking patterns compare to the norm? If you consume alcoholic beverages, it's important to know whether your drinking patterns are safe, risky or harmful. Answering these questions will take only a few minutes, and will generate personalized results based on your age, gender and drinking patterns. Your responses are completely confidential and anonymous.


Contact Insight:
1219 Gopher Ct
Montana State University
Bozeman, MT 59715
Tel: (406) 994-5937
Rick Winking

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