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Do you qualify for Adult Treatment Court?

On Behalf of | Nov 11, 2020 | Drug Crimes

Cumberland County residents facing drug or alcohol charges may be eligible for Adult Treatment Court. With this program, you can seek treatment for substance use disorder and potentially qualify for reduced or expunged charges.

Review the program requirements and determine whether Adult Treatment Court may be right for you.

Requirements for completion

This four-phase program requires you to meet all requirements to remain in and graduate from the program, which usually takes about 18 months. You must comply with:

  • Urine drug screening
  • Probation appointments
  • Weekly appearances in court
  • Individual therapy
  • Group therapy
  • Support group meetings such as Alcoholics Anonymous

Participants must also remain free of new charges and arrests. Failure to meet requirements results in demotion or removal from the program. You can also receive incentives for successfully completing requirements.

Additional programs

Some individuals may qualify for special programs within Adult Treatment Court. The newer TOMS program focuses on individuals who have a dual diagnosis of substance use disorder and a mental health condition such as bipolar disorder or schizophrenia. The county also has a diversion program specifically for individuals who struggle with opioid addiction.

According to data from the Cumberland County Bar Foundation, fewer than 2% of Adult Treatment Court graduates receive a new criminal charge within two years. You or your attorney can contact the Cumberland County Adult Treatment Court coordinator to learn more about eligibility and enrollment for these often life-changing programs. After completion, you can petition the court to remove your charges as long as you have repaid any required restitution resulting from your case.

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