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TITLE: Drug Court Screening Assessment Evaluation


The Screening, Assessment and Evaluation period is generally completed during a three-week period of time. During this period, the goal is to access the offender's needs and desires to change his/her lifestyle. Every member of the Drug Court Team has a vote and at anytime during the process can vote to reject the prospective offender. Therefore, there are critical activities that must be completed in order for the offender to be accepted into ISP Drug Court. These are:

  1. Referrals- Each individual is referred to the ISP Drug Court and evaluated for acceptance in the program. Referrals may come from the County Attorney's Office, Department of Correctional Services, the attorneys, current Drug Court offenders, friends or family members.
  2. Review of criminal history - After receiving a candidate's referral information, the County Attorney's Office and the Department of Correctional Services gather and reviews information pertaining to the candidate. The County Attorney's office may review criminal history, police reports and testimonies and/or confer with the prosecutor on the case to gain more insight. The Department of Corrections will also review his/her criminal history, past performance while on probation- by speaking with previous PO or reviewing information in ICON, treatment history any Pre-Sentence Investigation reports and any assessments. A standardized form (DC-F1) containing the gathered information is sent to all members of the team for review. As decisions are made to accept or reject, the team is notified and this information is presented on a weekly basis during the staff meeting.
  3. Pre-screening/Interview with Probation Officers - After the initial approval from the County Attorney's office, the Probation Officers perform a pre-screening interview with the candidate using standardized form (DC-F2). They listen, observe behavior and attitudes and assess the candidate's desire to change his/her lifestyle and willingness to abide by the Drug Court Program guidelines. The candidate must be willing to "do what it takes" to achieve sobriety and be in recovery.
  4. Addiction Severity Index/Assessment meeting with Treatment Counselor- the candidate is frequently interviewed by EFR (Employee and Family Resources) if they are in jail. If they are not in jail, they are interviewed by the TASC liaison appointed to the ISP Drug Court Program. The purpose is to identify the candidate's treatment needs and develop an appropriate treatment plan.
  5. Meeting/Interview with the Defense Attorney- the defense attorney meets with the candidate to explain, discuss and review what the program is about, what will be expected of the person and to answer any legal questions. At this point the offender has successfully completed the screening process and will be signed up to enter the Intensive Supervision Drug Court Program.
  6. Additional Requirements - An offender will have completed the Screening - Assessment and Evaluation period when he/she has completed the required activities above and received the recommendation of the Treatment Team that he/she be accepted into the Drug Court Program. The Judge must retain offenders who have not completed the required Screening Assessment and Evaluation activities in the screening period. Provider will recommend an extension of the Screening period sufficient for the offender to complete the obligations. Following court the Provider and TASC/PO will develop a plan with the offender to accomplish the required activities before the next court appearance.
  7. The Screening - Assessment and Evaluation period gives the offender an opportunity to learn about the program and provides a mechanism for evaluating the offender's willingness and ability to complete the obligations. It should be understood that some offenders will have never participated in treatment and will be unaware of its value to them. Most will lack the personal skills generally associated with being successful in any endeavor. Every effort must be made through education, persuasion, confrontation, and intermediate sanctions to engage the offenders in taking responsibility for his/her participation. Offenders who do not take responsibility for their actions and have no desire to change or participate in the program, will have their name withdrawn from the list of prospective offender referrals.
  8. Treatment Planning the Final Screening - Assessment and Evaluation of critical activity will result in the development of the treatment plan by the Treatment Team. The team will use the results of all the assessments and evaluations to develop an individualized treatment plan. The offender will participate in this joint treatment planning session and all involved will sign the treatment plan. The offender's signature on this plan is a significant commitment to participate in this program. The offender should be reminded of that commitment throughout his/her participation particularly when compliance falls.
    1. If the offender needs a substance abuse treatment intervention other than the standard Drug Court Treatment Model, the Treatment Team will so recommend.
    2. The treatment plan should address the pressing issues and needs of the individual offender. At times it may be necessary to devise a unique treatment plan that emphasizes education and job training (or other interventions) over drug treatment. Since these plans will be outside the usual course of treatment, they should be presented to the Program Staff for approval. The plan should be discussed in chambers before court.
    3. Treatment planning should be guided by the following principles:
      1. The plan should address the actual offender needs, especially those that are offense related.
      2. The plan should be accepted by the offender
      3. The plan should have incrementally measured goals and tasks that can be readily understood. by all.
      4. If the plan emphasizes activities outside the standard Drug Court Treatment Model, it should be comparable in terms of the time the offender will have to devote to accomplishing it. Additionally, attendance criteria and progression measures should be developed for the individual offender.
  9. TASC/PO - Specific Responsibilities:
    1. Once a offender is determined to be eligible for the Drug Court Program, the Drug Court Judge will order the offender to immediately begin the Screening - Assessment and Evaluation period and will place the offender under supervision of TASC.
    2. Screening intake will consist of the offender being provided an admission interview the same day as his/her first report.
    3. Following the intake interview, the offender will be provided written instructions as to their requirements, i.e. urinalysis, support group meetings, assessments, and group. TASC may conduct their interview and evaluation at the facility where the offender is being held, if necessary.
    4. If the offender is on a waiting list for referred treatment, the PO should contact the treatment provider and ask that the offender be given priority for placement.
    5. If it is determined by TASC that the offender has used drugs within 24 hours and or within 5 of the last 7 days, and TASC believes the offender will not be able to immediately stop drug use without assistance, the offender may be referred to a residential detoxification program. Strong consideration should be given to securing the offender escorted transportation to the detoxification program. The offender should be provided another interview following the second day of detoxification to determine a subsequent treatment referral.
    6. If it is determined by TASC that the offender is under influence of drugs and needs detoxification, the Counselor or other TASC representative, may also make arrangements for residential detoxification.
    7. If the offender is currently participating in a treatment program other than TASC, the TASC counselor should allow the offender to continue in that program until all assessment activities are completed and a treatment plan developed. TASC shall assign support group meetings, place offender on a urinalysis schedule. TASC shall obtain a release from the offender so that information about the current treatment program can be secured.
    8. TASC will prepare a report for the Judge on each offender returning for his or her second appearance. This report will provide the following information UA's required, UA's given, results of UA's, Assessment results and the recommended treatment plan for Phase One when completed.
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