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A drug diversion program is dedicated to working with participants
to successfully address their alcohol or drug related problems. Their goal is
to eliminate any chemical dependency to alcohol or drugs, whereby the health
and safety of the public is maintained.
Only defendants with certain charges and criminal histories
are considered eligible for this voluntary program. In order to be considered,
all participants must have .serious underlying substance abuse problems..
Participants are continually screened for suitability and may be determined
unsuitable at any time during their participation in the drug diversion
program, most commonly for noncompliance with program requirements. In such
cases, clients are referred back to criminal court for more appropriate
Graduates of a drug diversion program have fewer re-arrests
following drug court referral than any of the other outcome groups. In most
areas of the country, the average arrest rate for the drug court graduate group
continues to decline from the first year post graduation through the third year
Graduates of a drug diversion program show systematic and
substantial increases in incomes following referrals to drug courts. However,
this is not true for individuals who do not complete the program. Data on
earnings from the Division of Alcohol and Substance Abuse revealed that graduates of the Drug Court
program showed increased earnings and the increases significantly and
substantially exceed those of other groups.
Numerous large-scale cost benefit analysis reveal that every
dollar spent on drug treatment saves between $2 and $7 on law enforcement,
corrections, health care, lost productivity, and welfare.
The average cost for the treatment component of a drug court
program runs between $1,200 and $3,000 per participant, depending on the range
of services provided. Savings in jail bed days alone have been estimated to be
at least $5,000 per defendant.
The PC 1000 Drug Diversion Program is a minimum of twelve
(12) weeks in duration. A minimum 30 hours of treatment will be provided in the
course of the program. Participation in a drug diversion program will consist
of individual and group counseling sessions. Program services will also
include, but are not limited to, educational sessions concerning drug abuse,
HIV infection and AIDS, and tuberculosis as related to substance abuse.
Involvement in a traditional self-help program is also required.
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