Criminal Justice and Outpatient Treatment Programs Adult Diversion Services (ADS) – ADS is a program designed for the first-time misdemeanor offender. Referrals are made by the District Attorney Office prior to filing of criminal charges. The advantage of the ADS program is minor offenses remain free and clear of the criminal justice system. In other words, the District Attorney, Public Defender, and Judge not need bother with cases that can, and should be handled outside of the traditional court system. If a person has minimal criminal history and has never participated in a diversion program, they may be deemed an appropriate candidate for ADS. Adult Diversion Services addresses the cause of a person’s criminal involvement. The program began in 1995 with the approval of J. Michael Mullins. The program was designed to keep low-risk misdemeanor offenders from entering the court system while at the time addressing the root cause of their criminal involvement. The program also facilitates restitution issues and collections. The program receives approximately 1000 referrals from the DA’s office annually and is funded by fees for services. Project Intercept (PI) – PI is a program that is designed for most misdemeanor offenders. Referrals to Project Intercept are made from the misdemeanor departments prior to adjudication. Referrals to PI are approved by the District Attorney. The advantage of PI is the program can significantly lighten the overwhelming caseload of misdemeanor courtrooms while holding the defendant completely accountable for his or her actions. PI participant contracts are developed on an individual basis according to the nature of the offense and the defendant’s personal issues. Due to the program design, PI can be an effective alternative for “many” individuals accused of misdemeanor crimes. The program began in 1968 under a grant from the Department of Labor. PI evolved from a small theft diversion program to a program that lifts over 1500 accused offender’s from the court system annually. The program is funded by fees for services and a small county grant. Educational Sentencing Program (ESP) – ESP is program designed as a condition of sentencing. All misdemeanor and felony offenders are eligible when deemed appropriate by the courts. Because ESP is not a diversion program, there are no restrictions for program referral. The advantage of ESP is the program can be utilized as a bargaining tool during sentencing. ESP is a “life skills” building program and deals with serious issues such as addiction, anger, sexual deviance, and other inappropriate or self-destructive behaviors. ESP also serves as a valuable re-entry program after release from custody. The program began in 1998 and is designed to offer life-skills building in lieu of/or in addition to traditional sentencing. The program receives approximately 300 referrals from the courts/probation annually. ESP is underutilized but has received strong support considering its potential cost savings to the county. The program is funded by fees for services. Deferred Entry of Judgment Drug Diversion (DEJEP) – DEJEP is a standard PC 1000 drug diversion program and should not be confused with 1210 court and Proposition 36 programs. The defendant enters a plea of guilty prior to participating in DEJEP. The program is six-months long and involves a series of drug education classes, random drug testing, and twelve-step meetings. Referrals are also made to ancillary services. Upon successful completion of diversion, the case is dismissed. Failure to complete DEJEP results in the case being sent back to court for sentencing. The advantage of DEJEP is the participant receives six months of drug education and/or treatment, a dismissal of criminal charges, and the State does not pay for services. The program was transferred to CHD from probation in 1995 under the direction of AODS. The program is one of the most comprehensive/treatment-based diversion models in the state. DEJEP receives approximately 600 plus referrals from the courts annually are funded by fees for services. CHD Outpatient Treatment Services (CHD OPT) – CHD OPT is a three to six-month comprehensive drug treatment program. Participants are required to attend bi-weekly group sessions, bi-monthly individual
counseling sessions, submit to random drug testing, attend twelve-step meetings and obtain a sponsor. CHD OPT utilizes “best practices” as required by the State of California. OPT is a two phase treatment program beginning with early recovery and graduating to relapse prevention and life-skills building. Referrals to OPT are made from 1210 court under Prop 36 (SACPA), TASC, and from drug diversion when deemed appropriate. The program began under proposition 36 in 2001. OPT is an AODS provider and the second largest non-profit out-patient treatment program in Sonoma County. CHD also manages Athena House which consists of four residential treatment facilities for women. CHD’s OPT serves approximately 120 clients annually. The program is primarily funded by county AODS and receives some fees for services. Intensive Out Patient Treatment – CHD provides an intensive drug treatment program that in addition to regular out patient treatment includes gender specific group sessions focusing on trauma. Women’s groups follow the curriculum of Stephanie Covington PhD., Beyond Trauma and the teachings of Lisa M. Najavits, Seeking Safety. The men’s group follows the Men’s Trauma Recovery and Empowerment Model; a psycho-educational and skills oriented group. Three CHD counselors have completed sixty-hours of training in these curriculums and are certified in trauma treatment. The program began in 2006 due to a growing need to serve clients presenting with trauma and PTSD issues. The program serves approximately 15 to 20 OPT clients annually and is funded by AODS or free of charge (depending on fund availability.) On-Site Drug Testing – CHD provides on-site urinalysis (UA) testing for court-ordered offenders. UA testing includes a six-panel screen that includes: Amphetamins/Methamphetimines, Barbiturates, Benzodiazepines, Cocaine, Opiates, and THC (marijuana). Creatinine levels are measured to insure UA’s are not dilute. Drug test results are e-mailed within 48 hours via secured web-site for review. The on-site drug testing program began in 2006 due to a need for inexpensive testing with after-hour availability. CHD provides approximately 400 observed UA test monthly. Random testing is based on a color coded system. The program is funded by fees for services. CHD DUI Court Program – CHD DUI court program is modeled after Sonoma County’s successful drug court program and is a collaboration of several agencies including the Superior Court, Probation Department, the Public Defender’s Office, the District Attorney’s Office, the Sheriff’s Department, as well as Alcohol and Other Drug Services. The program participants are given professional help in confronting substance abuse issues in a highly structured environment. The DUI Court program began February 7, 2008. CHD provides outpatient treatment to approximately 38 multiple DUI offenders annually and will case manage DUI court compliance for 225 DUI offenders. The program is funded by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Prisoner Re-Entry Initiative (PRI) – CHD received an $87,500 grant from the State of California to serve 50 newly released jail inmates over a two-year period. PRI’s goal is to strengthen communities and reduce recidivism by helping returning offenders find work and other critical services in their area. To date forty two newly released inmates have received sober living housing assistance, addiction treatment, mental health counseling, bus passes, food pantry assistance, individual case management and mentoring. Participants are also required to attend a weekly support group. The program began February 4, 2008. The program was funded by the State of California Department of Community Services and Development (CSD) and is now funded by the American Recovery Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009 in cooperation with the California Department of Community Services. Secure Continuous Remote Alcohol Monitor System (SCRAMS) – The scram system is used to monitor alcohol use for DUI offenders, domestic violence offenders and family court/custody cases. The scram bracelet automatically captures transdermal alcohol readings once every thirty minutes by sampling the insensible perspiration. If alcohol use is confirmed violations are submitted immediately to the identified court for further proceedings. SCRAMS mission is to enhance public safety, support treatment success and improve community with effective alternatives. The program began July 9, 2009 in partnership with Leaders in Community Alternatives, Inc. The program is funded by fees for service.