DIVERSION TREATMENT COURT POLICIES AND PROCEDURES MANUAL DEKALB COUNTY, GEORGIA MAGISTRATE COURT

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1 DIVERSION TREATMENT COURT POLICIES AND PROCEDURES MANUAL DEKALB COUNTY, GEORGIA MAGISTRATE COURT JANUARY 2013

2 POLICIES AND PROCEDURES MANUAL TABLE OF CONTENTS Introduction Page 3 Mission Page 3 Goals Page 3 Eligibility for Diversion Treatment Court Page 4 Referrals to Diversion Treatment Court Page 5 Interdisciplinary Team Page 6 Program Requirements Page 8 Sanctions and Incentives Page 10 Program Statistics Page 13 Participant Handbook Page Appendices Page 22 2

3 INTRODUCTION The Diversion Treatment Court (DTC) was established in May 2001 and is the longest running mental health court of its kind in Georgia. The development of this diversion court program was inspired through the knowledge that approximately 18-20% of the jail population suffered from a serious mental illness. To date more than 1900 participants have been referred to the DTC. The DTC operates under the direction of the DeKalb County Magistrate Court and was inspired through a collaborative partnership effort. Retired Chief Magistrate Winston P. Bethel, National Alliance on Mental Illness advocate Flo Giltman, Attorney Jim Sanders and Psychiatrist Emile Risby, a group of four, met early in 1999 to initiate a collaborative effort to decriminalize incarcerated defendants with serious mental illness. The Diversion Treatment Court Program began in 2001 with no funding, but with a strong commitment from partners possessing the collective vision and need to decriminalize the mentally ill and to move defendants from jail into treatment. The collaborative partnership continues today with the Magistrate Court, local and federal Veterans Administration, University of Georgia School of Social Work, State Court, Superior Court, the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), DeKalb Solicitor General s Office, DeKalb District Attorney s Office, DeKalb Public Defender s Office, Adult Probation, Jail Mental Health Services, Pre-Trail Services and the DeKalb Community Service Board. MISSION DTC seeks to decriminalize mentally ill offenders by offering treatment instead of incarceration. Treatment in conjunction with judicial oversight of pending cases is intended to reduce recidivism, enhance public safety and help mentally ill defendants recover and reclaim their lives. GOALS The primary goals of the DTC are to: Connect criminal defendants who suffer from serious mental illness to treatment services in the community Find appropriate dispositions to criminal charges, taking into consideration the facts of each case and prior criminal history Ensure public safety and reduce recidivism and violence on re-arrest through appropriate mental health treatment and intensive supervision 3

4 Increase collaboration between the court, community mental health providers and mental health advocates ELIGIBILITY FOR DTC DIVERSION TREATMENT COURT PARTICIPANT ELIGIBILITY Adult with an Axis I Mental Health Diagnosis (age 17+) Arrest in DeKalb County with a pending charge(s) Treatment and/or commitment to treatment Willingness towards voluntary participation Appropriate misdemeanor and/or felony charge Non-violent criminal history background Commitment to random alcohol and drug screening Housing that is safe, secure and supportive DTC is a post-booking, pre-plea mental health diversion program for adult defendants (ages 17 and up) with a verifiable Axis I mental disorder as defined by the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV-TR). Individuals with co-occurring substance abuse disorders are also accepted when the mental health diagnosis is primary. The target populations for the DTC are mentally ill defendants charged with non-violent misdemeanor or felony offenses from Recorders Court, State Court, and on a limited basis, Superior Court. Participation is open to all defendants with a mental illness where the illness appears to be related to the current criminal charges. To access the court oversight services an individual must have an open case in DeKalb County following an arrest although the defendant may be out on bond. Not only must the current charge be non-violent, but the criminal history must substantiate a non-violent background. Specifically, the criminal offense must not involve any case in which a victim suffered a broken bone or other severe bodily harm, or involved weapons. Participation in DTC is voluntary and the defendant must be willing to participate in mental health treatment. The defendant also must be willing to sign a release of information for details pertaining to his or her mental health treatment, substance use, legal status, and history to be shared with the DTC team. Acceptance for all referrals into DTC is discussed and evaluated by the full DTC interdisciplinary team, which includes the presiding Judges, Court Program Coordinator, an 4

5 Assistant District Attorney, an Assistant Solicitor General, a Clinical Social Worker, Jail Mental Health Services and Case Managers. The Judge, however, makes the overall final determination whether an individual is accepted into the DTC. REFERRALS TO DTC The process of connecting an individual to DTC starts with a referral. The referral is a singlepage form document that is completed, then faxed, mailed or ed to the DTC by someone who has identified the defendant as possibly having a mental illness. Referrals can originate from a number of sources such as an arresting officer, family member, judge, jail personnel, prosecuting attorney, public defender or past participants. Defendants may be referred to the DTC at various stages of the criminal justice continuum providing the case remains in a pre-plea condition. The final authority to refer a defendant to DTC for program consideration comes from the prosecuting attorney who reviews the defendant s criminal history and signs a Consent Hold agreement, which includes a date the defendant will report (or be transported if incarcerated) to DTC to observe court proceedings. In essence, the consent puts formal charges on hold pending successful DTC program completion. The consent form also includes a back-up date for arraignment in the originating court division should the defendant be precluded from entering DTC by: 1) not showing up for DTC observation; 2) voluntarily declining to participate in DTC; 3) is deemed ineligible during the mental health evaluation due to primary substance abuse issues or a mental illness diagnosis that does not meet criterion for Axis I; or 4) has a known history of violence. A final decision about eligibility will be made collaboratively by the DTC team on a case-bycase basis considering the defendant's mental health diagnosis and history, facts of the incident, criminal history or lack thereof, possibility of placement and appropriate treatment, and other relevant factors. Misdemeanor cases have a minimum six month requirement in the DTC, and felony cases have a minimum 12-month requirement. The DTC team will decide when a defendant graduates. Graduation is based on the nature of the charge and compliance while in DTC. If a participant is re-arrested while in DTC, participation in the program will be re-assessed. The team may decide to allow the participant to continue in DTC after considering the new case and assessing the appropriateness of continued DTC participation. Continued participation in DTC is subject to the express consent of all team members. 5

6 INTERDISCIPLINARY TEAM JUDGE The DTC Judge leads the collaborative interdisciplinary team and provides regular judicial oversight for all participants at scheduled court proceedings. In this capacity, the Judge regularly reviews case status reports detailing each participant's compliance with the treatment plan. During regular court appearances, the Judge administers graduated sanctions and incentives to increase each participant's accountability and to enhance the likelihood of long-term treatment compliance. COURT PROGRAM COORDINATOR The DTC Coordinator oversees the operations of the program. Duties include connecting participants to treatment and housing providers, case management, coordinating court calendars, monitoring program effectiveness, implementing procedural changes, cultivating relationships with service providers and community partners and doing presentations to educate and garner support from the community. CLINICAL SOCIAL WORKER The DTC Social Worker performs clinical assessments to determine whether a defendant meets the criteria for an Axis I disorder and to identify his/her psychosocial deficits, risk factors and strengths. For defendants that need to be connected to mental health or substance abuse treatment services, the Social Worker will make the appointment and verify whether appointments are being kept. The Social Worker is responsible for developing and monitoring individualized treatment plans for allowing DTC participants and also provides case management services. CASE MANAGERS A DTC Case Manager is the central point of contact between their assigned participants and the DTC. The DTC Case Manager reviews the treatment plan with the participant prior to DTC entry and monitors compliance through program completion. Case Managers maintain weekly contact with their participants and reports any challenges and/or noncompliance issues a participant may be experiencing in weekly DTC staff meetings. Case Managers maintain communication with their participants treatment providers to monitor appointment adherence and to discuss clinical concerns. At each hearing DTC Case Managers appear before the judge with their assigned participant to review progress reports. PROSECUTOR(S) The role of the District Attorney and Solicitor in DTC differs from the traditional adjudication process. In DTC, all parties and counsel share the common goal of helping 6

7 participants successfully comply with treatment in a community setting. The prosecutor reviews new cases concerning eligibility pursuant to the guidelines herein. The eligibility assessment includes a review of the defendant's criminal history, consultation with victims, legal eligibility, and appropriate dispositions upon the defendant's entry into DTC. As part of a collaborative team with the Judge, defense attorney, and clinical staff, the prosecutor monitors participants progress and can make recommendations regarding sanctions. If a participant is re-arrested, the prosecutor investigates the new case and assesses the appropriateness of continued participation. JAIL MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES Jail Mental Health Services (JMHS) provide all of the mental health treatment in the DeKalb County Jail. JMHS also focuses on transitioning inmates with mental illness back into the community by collaborating with treatment providers, family members, and the courts. JMHS assists DTC by screening inmates for stability and reporting back to the DTC team before an inmate is transported to DTC for observation. JMHS also provides progress reports and clinical recommendations to the Court. COMMUNITY TREATMENT PROVIDERS DTC maintains a network of community-based mental health and substance abuse treatment providers. Services include in-patient crisis facilities, dual diagnosis programs, residential facilities, ACT Teams, group therapy, outpatient treatment, Psychiatric Emergency Services, and others. The DTC team refers participants to specific programs based on their clinical need and the program's capacity to provide culturally appropriate services (e.g. mental/physical health, language, etc.). For outpatient services, the DTC clinical staff refers participants, when possible, to a provider located near their community. The current DTC Interdisciplinary Team attends the Judicial Council of Georgia s annual Accountability Courts Conference for updates and training. The DTC team includes: Judge Berryl A. Anderson Chief Magistrate Judge Rhathelia Stroud - Presiding Judge and Director Judge Lindsay Jones - Presiding Judge Bedford Chip Forte - Program Coordinator and Case Manager J. Page McAleese - Social Worker Anne Long - Assistant District Attorney September Guy - Assistant Solicitor General Braddye Smith - Pre-Trial Services and Case Manager Chiquita Rose - Adult Probation and Case Manager Rhonda Haile - Jail Mental Health Ingrid H. George - Court Administrator 7

8 PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS ORIENTATION Orientation takes place in Courtroom 1200D every Thursday of the month at 9:00 a.m. Orientation for new referrals includes viewing a 25 minute Orientation and Overview Video of an actual court session that illuminates and highlights participation expectations in the DTC. The video lends focus to participation timelines, bond and treatment conditions, case management, court hearings, therapeutic group and peer to peer involvement and participation. At the conclusion of the video presentation, referred parties are required to stay to observe the full court session. At the conclusion of court, referred parties meet individually with the court social worker or other interdisciplinary team member for a brief assessment and discussion of his or her intent to participate in the DTC. An individual s decision to participant in the DTC must be voluntary. Once an individual makes a decision to participate in the DTC, he or she meets with the team social worker who develops a treatment plan based on the specific needs of the individual. COURT PROCEEDINGS The regular DTC calendar is held each Thursday at 9:00 a.m. in courtroom 1200D, 556 North McDonough Street, Decatur, Georgia Many of the court s participants are veterans and the DTC was please to launch a Veterans Calendar that commences each second Thursday at 10:30 a.m. to review and enroll veteran cases. PROGRAM TIME COMMITMENT DTC participation is a minimum of six months for misdemeanor cases and a minimum of 12 months for felony cases. The duration of the program is determined by individual need and progress attained in meeting specific treatment goals, along with the participants consistent compliance performance of all conditions set for in the individualized treatment plans. TREATMENT PLANS DTC program participants receive a treatment plan that is developed on a case-by-case basis and designed to best meet the needs and abilities of each participant independently. The specifics of the treatment plan are incorporated as a condition of the bond and become the order of the court. Although the initial agreement to participate in the program is voluntary, once the defendant agrees to participate and the conditions become a part of the bond order, the voluntary consent of the defendant transitions into a court order carrying with it all ramifications of a court order. Each participant is assigned to a case manager for monitoring, accountability and coordination of all DTC requirements and bond conditions. The case manager also provides information to the Court at weekly staffing and court reviews. General program requirements include the following: 8

9 Adherence to mental health treatment and groups, as recommended Adherence to psychotropic medication, if prescribed Secure housing and residential treatment if necessary Abstinence from alcohol and illegal drugs Compliance with random drug and alcohol testing Initiation of Social Security Disability/Insurance (SSDI/SSI) application or acquisition of public assistance if appropriate, including Medicaid Attendance at regular court appearances Evidence of productive use of time (obtain a job, volunteer community service, education, etc.) if appropriate WEEKLY STAFF MEETING and TEAM DECISION MAKING DTC has a weekly clinical and administrative conference to discuss referrals and new cases. The DTC team meets to review treatment plans prepared by the social worker for each case. The meeting is also used to assess the status of referrals and difficult or complex active cases in which current treatment and supervision do not appear to be working. Decisions are typically made by consensus. The general team approach is non-adversarial. Additionally, the team addresses administrative matters pertaining to program planning and administration, treatment and service delivery, training, policies and procedures, data collection, grants and special projects, and issues that may have arisen since the last meeting. Team members may also meet periodically throughout the week to address treatment plans and to respond to impromptu problems that may arise concerning active participants. CONFIDENTIALITY The DTC program is governed by Federal laws of confidentiality. Disclosure of information received in the course of treatment is strictly prohibited unless a court order "for good cause" is issued. Defendants must authorize the disclosure to the Court of information regarding their "diagnosis, attendance, scope of treatment, treatment progress and quality of participation, and termination or completion of treatment." All parties and counsel attending the morning staffing must sign a pledge to maintain confidentiality of all participant information and discussions. No court order is required for any party to disclose to the appropriate authorities any information revealed in DTC which is subject to mandatory reporting by any statute. STATUS HEARINGS Status hearings are a central feature of DTC. Participants appear regularly before the Judge who reviews progress. During the status hearing, the Court is provided with any additional treatment status reports and other information from a variety of sources. The participant is 9

10 expected to bring his or her medication monitoring sheet or other proof of treatment compliance. Participants interact directly with the Judge during status hearings. PARTICIPANT COMPLIANCE AND NON-COMPLIANCE DTC participants are required and expected to comply with each term and condition of their bond as set forth in the individual treatment plan. The primary purpose of the DTC is for individual treatment and stabilization such that the person returns to the community productive and well. The intent is that if the participant is consistent with bond conditions, he or she is less likely to reoffend and engage the criminal justice system. However, if there are continuous non-compliance and failures to adhere to bond conditions, participants are subject to graduated sanctions. On the other hand, when participants are consistently successful in the DTC, they are likewise recipients of available incentives. SANCTIONS AND INCENTIVES Incentives and sanctions are used by the Court to motivate each participant's compliance with the recommended treatment plan. If treatment-compliant, the participant receives encouragement and incentives for continuing to do well. If the client is not compliant, sanctions may include a reprimand or increased intensity of treatment to enforce the importance of compliance with court orders. At the end of the hearing, the client receives a written reminder of the next court date on a pre-printed form. Some specific examples are: SANCTIONS More frequent court reports and reviews More random drug and alcohol screenings Additional group therapy sessions required (10 required for women and 12 required for men routinely) Treatment plan modified for additional services such as Alcoholics Anonymous and/or Narcotics Anonymous or peer support group sessions Program length extended In-person reports versus telephone contact ( for required weekly case manager contacts) or more weekly contact with the Case Manager Curfews Incentives are used to assist the defendant in achieving treatment goals. The Judge determines incentives based upon recommendations from the DTC team. Some specific examples include: 10

11 INCENTIVES Holiday celebrations Completion recognition: standing ovation from full court (peers, staff and visitors) Participants celebrity recognition with separate jury box seating Treatment plan modified for additional services such as Alcoholics Anonymous and/or Narcotics Anonymous or peer support group sessions Judge s accolades in open court Candy bar or other small token gift OTHER PARTICIPATION ISSUES To successfully complete ( graduate ), participants must demonstrate consistent adherence to their treatment plan Upon the graduation or successful completion of a defendant, the pending charges are dismissed and may be eligible for expungement (that is the removal of charges from criminal background history) The defendant can voluntarily opt out of DTC and be returned to the original criminal court for case disposition A participant who commits a new offense is immediately reevaluated for continued participation in DTC and subject to a Rule Nisi Hearing RULE NISI HEARINGS When a participant has been repeatedly and consistently non-compliant and efforts at reestablishing compliance and commitment to DTC requirements have not been successful, the participant is scheduled for a Rule Nisi hearing. The Rule Nisi hearing is set for the Court to evaluate sworn testimony from appropriate parties such as the participant, case manager, social worker, group facilitator, treatment provider, etc. to determine whether the DTC is the appropriate place for the participant or whether the trial division will better serve the best interests of the community and participant. The Court may make a final determination to terminate the participant s DTC enrollment, modify participants bond with additional conditions, etc, and in some instances, the participant is given an opportunity to voluntarily withdraw from the DTC, depending on circumstances. TERMINATION A participant may be terminated from DTC. This usually occurs when the participant reoffends, fails to appear at court appearances, or is generally non-compliant with his/her treatment plan. Prior to terminating a participant from DTC, the case manager will draft and the Judge will sign a Rule Nisi Order that specifies non-compliance issues and allows the participant an opportunity to appear at a hearing to show cause why he/she should not be terminated from the program. During the Rule Nisi hearing, the Judge hears from the case 11

12 manager, the participant, prosecutor, counsel and others such as a group facilitator, treatment provider or housing representative. After considering all statements and recommendations, the Judge will make a decision as to whether the participant will be given a chance to remain in the program to demonstrate compliance or be dismissed. As a voluntary program, participants may also freely withdraw from the DTC. In the event a participant withdraws or is dismissed from the DTC, the case is returned to the original criminal division for adjudication. If a defendant re-offends or is re-arrested, his/her continued participation in the program is subject to the express consent of all members of the team both as to the new case and the pre-existing case. SUCCESSFUL COMPLETION GRADUATION Certificates of program completion are presented to participants who have met the minimum requirements as detailed above, maintained satisfactory progress, and remained engaged in treatment and services. Several weeks before graduation, the DTC team begins working with the participant regarding his/her transition to graduate status and develops a plan to ensure that the defendant reintegrates safely back into the community. 12

13 PROGRAM STATISTICS 1900* 400* %male 40% female Total DTC referrals Total DTC graduates Average number of active DTC participants Largest age group of participants Percentage of participants by sex *approximate totals All participants in the Diversion Treatment Court must have an Axis I mental health diagnosis. Many have co-occurring occurring substance usage and alcohol abuse issues as well. The current diagnostic breakdown for DTC active participants is as follows: Axis I Diagnosis 4% 4% 52% 27% ADHD Anxiety Bipolar 13% Depression Schizophrenia 13

14 Index IVERSION REATMENT OURT Welcome to DTC 3 What is DTC? 4 What's in it for me? 5 DTC Rules 6-8 DTC Expectations 9-10 DTC Support Services Graduation 13 Important Names and Numbers 14 Participant Handbook For more information or to provide comments contact: Ingrid George Administrative Assistant DeKalb Diversion Treatment Court 556 North McDonough Street Decatur, Georgia DeKalb Magistrate Court DeKalb County, Georgia 556 N. McDonough Street, Suite 1200, Decatur, Georgia Tel: Fax:

15 Welcome to the Diversion Treatment Court (DTC) Use this handbook to: Answer questions Address concerns Provide information about DTC Ask your Case Manager or Defense Attorney to explain to you anything in this handbook that you do not understand. 15 What is DTC? DTC is a special part of the DeKalb Magistrate Court. It is a courtarrested and charged with misdemeanors or felonies in DeKalb County, who also have an Axis I mental health diagnosis. DTC's program includes regular court appearances before the Judge. Following your arrest, you were offered the choice of participating supervised program for those in DTC or having your case proceed as part of the regular court process. If you are eligible for participation, your Case Manager will develop a treatment plan for you. While you are a participant, the Judge and your Case Manager and treatment provider will monitor your progress. What do I have to do? DTC participants are required to sign a bond modification in court. This contract is an agreement between you and the Judge. It explains what is expected of you while you are active in DTC. The Judge will also sign the bond modification. The bond modification ion is written specifically for you based on your current charges and treatment needs. Before you sign your bond modification, you will have an opportunity to review it with your Case Manager and have your questions answered. DTC participants are required to attend treatment, as directed by your DTC Case Manager and the Judge, and to remain drug and alcohol-free and live a law-abiding life. How long will I be involved in DTC? The amount of time you spend in DTC is determined by your compliance to your treatment plan and by your individual progress. Misdemeanor charges require a minimum of six months participation; felony charges require a minimum of one year participation with DTC. Some persons will be active in DTC beyond the minimum participation time. It all depends on the effort you put into treatment and your progress. Dismissal or Voluntary Withdrawal from the DTC will result in the return of your case back to the trial division for appropriate resolution on the charges for which you were arrested. Your case resolution may include a plea, trial, jail time and/or probation in the trial court.

16 What s in it for me? Incentives & Rewards DTC acknowledges compliance in the following ways: Public recognition Recognition from the Judge Reduced reporting to court sessions Phone-in calls to Case Manager instead of in-person reporting No Jail Sentence Successful completion of DTC will result in a dismissal of your charges and eligibility for expungement if appropriate. DTC gives you the opportunity to: Engage in treatment to insure on-going stabilization and wellness Return to your family, employment and community productively Evaluate and discuss other critical life concerns and issues within a confidential group therapy environment to help you move forward in your life A Second Chance! On the following pages, you will find information on the resources you will need to succeed. Remember that there are many people who make up the DTC Interdisciplinary Team and they all want to see you succeed. If you take advantage of the assistance offered, you will discover many ways to make a better life for yourself. DTC RULES: What are the rules of DTC? To remain active in DTC you are required to follow these rules: 1. Appear in court as scheduled you must attend all scheduled court appearances 2. Follow your treatment plan you must attend all treatment, support and Case Manager appointments 3. Remain drug and alcohol free random screens are given to participants that must remain negative 4. Complete DTC you must successfully complete all bond conditional requirements of DTC for the charging court to dismiss your criminal case 5. Live a law-abiding life While we recognize that your arrest stemmed from your mental illness, it is important for you to remember that you are in DTC because of criminal behavior that requires total accountability through treatment compliance to avoid future criminal activity. 16

17 1. Appear in court as scheduled You will be required to appear in front of the Judge on a regular basis, usually once a month. The Judge will be given progress reports regarding your drug and alcohol tests, reports to your Case Manager, attendance and participation in your treatment programs, and compliance with any doctor appointments. The Judge will ask you about your progress and discuss any problems or concerns of yours. Depending on your situation, you may have to come to court several times a month. As you make progress, your court appearance schedule may be reduced. Instead of a weekly or bi-weekly court report, a participant may be required to report once a month for a compliance review. On the day of your court appearance, you must arrive to DTC at 9:30 am and stay until the Judge has finished with your case. 2. Follow your Treatment Plan The Treatment plan is developed after your DTC intake assessment in conjunction with our social worker and case manager. The minimum requirements of your Treatment Plan are: Attendance at a mental health treatment program as directed by your Case Manager and treatment provider Regular drug and alcohol testing Attendance at an educational, vocational or employment program Your Case Manager will also help you with other areas of your life according to your individual needs. 3. Remain drug and alcohol free One of the primary goals of DTC is to help you remain abstinent from alcohol and all non-prescribed drugs. A positive test or admission of substance use may result in a sanction or change in treatment. Repeated substance use may result in termination from DTC. Drug and alcohol tests will be conducted at your drug treatment facility and at DTC. You will be tested throughout your participation in DTC. 4. Complete DTC If accepted into DTC, your criminal case is placed on hold. There will be no court appearances for your criminal case as long as you participate in DTC. If you complete DTC, the prosecutor will dismiss the charges against you. If you are dismissed from DTC for non-compliance or because you no longer wish to participate, your criminal case will continue as normal. Remember that your graduation from DTC will be based on your own progress and your ability to stay focused on what you must do to meet all DTC rules and expectations 5. Live a law-abiding abiding life If you are re-arrested during participation or after participation in DTC, it would be up to the prosecutor to transfer your new charge(s) to DTC depending on your past criminal history, compliance while in DTC and severity of the charge. Being arrested while in DTC is not an automatic dismissal and being arrested after DTC is not an automatic refusal for reacceptance. Your treatment schedule will vary according to your progress. It is your responsibility to keep all scheduled appointments and to arrive on time. You must review your treatment plan with your Case Manager and follow it carefully. 17

18 Diversion Treatment Court Expectations What else is expected of me? The expectations of DTC are: Treat others with respect Cease all drug and alcohol related activity Comply with drug screening Be law abiding These expectations are explained in detail in the next pages. The goals you set up with your Case Manager may also cover areas of: Health care Education Employment Treat others with respect You should respect the opinions and feelings of other people in DTC. Verbal or physical threats to anyone will not be tolerated. Any inappropriate behavior will immediately be reported to the Court and may result in a severe sanction or your termination from the program. You will be required to dress appropriately for your court sessions and treatment appointments. Sunglasses are not to be worn in court unless approved by a doctor. Gentlemen should remove their hats when coming into the courtroom and everyone should turn their cell phones off. Cease all drug related activity You will not possess, sell, or use alcohol or illegal drugs. Any relapse by you involving drugs and/or alcohol must be reported to your Case Manager immediately. Any drugs that a doctor prescribes for you must be reported to your Case Manager immediately. Comply with Drug and Alcohol Screening In addition to your mental health treatment, one of the goals of DTC is to help you remain abstinent from alcohol and all non-prescribed drugs. A positive test or admission of substance use may result in a sanction or change in treatment. Repeated substance use may result in termination from DTC. Drug and alcohol tests will be conducted at your treatment or at DTC. You will be tested randomly throughout your participation in DTC. Be Law Abiding You are required to refrain from further violation of the law. Additional offenses may result in termination from DTC. 18

19 Support Services DTC Support Services are available to you and your family. These services will help you to overcome stress, problems and conflicts that may block your recovery process. The DTC team recognizes that recovery is not an easy process, but we support your effort and courage positive change. Together, we can make it work. Health Developing positive health habits and knowing how to handle physical and emotional setbacks are essential for your success in recovery. DTC supports and recommends that you safeguard your physical health by scheduling and monitoring the following health services and others if necessary and applicable: Psychiatrist or psychologists referrals Other medical screenings (as appropriate) Referrals for testing for additional mental health issues or medication issues Doctor, dentist and optometrist appointments Health and nutritional counseling Diabetes screening, monitoring and care Prenatal care, if appropriate Education The DTC is concerned and interested in your educational, vocational and employment goals. Therefore the DTC will support and encourage your efforts and preparation towards: GED: working toward your high school equivalency diploma Vocational: job training in many fields, from food service and haircutting to computer technology and auto mechanics College: post secondary education in liberal arts, language arts, science, health care services, medicine, etc. Employment Finding and keeping a job that you like is an important part of building lasting success in recovery. Employment referral services include: Vocational Rehabilitation Department of Labor DeKalb or Fulton County Workforce Goodwill Please note that a participant s legitimate and confirmed efforts and involvement in education and employment pursuits may substitute for DTC day-time structure requirements. You will be expected to follow through on any treatment recommendations. You may also be asked to provide documentation to the court of medical conditions or appointments. Any prescribed drugs must be reported to your Case Manager as random drug screens are scheduled throughout your DTC participation. 19

20 Successful Completion (Graduation): A time to celebrate and recognize your accomplishments You will be able to invite your family and friends to join you at your DTC Successful Completion Graduation Ceremony. The Graduation Ceremony marks your successful completion and full compliance with all of the terms and conditions of bond as a participant in the DTC and the beginning or your new way of life. Requirements for successful completion graduation : Complete all DTC bond requirements and conditions Your Case Manager s approval and recommendation for graduation Progress toward any vocational, educational and employment goals Secure an on-going relationship with your mental health care provider and all other treatment providers that you will establish while participating in the DTC Important Names and Numbers: Diversion Treatment Court 556 North McDonough Street Decatur, Georgia Important names and numbers to know: Attorney: Case Manager: Treatment Provider: Therapist/Psychiatrist/Psychologist: Emergency Contact: 20

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