Eighteenth Judicial Circuit Courts

Serving the Citizens of Brevard and Seminole Counties

Problem Solving Courts

Drug Court, Juvenile Drug Court, Veterans Treatment Court,
and Early Childhood Court

The mission of the Eighteenth Judicial Circuit Problem Solving Courts is to unite the judiciary, criminal justice entities, substance abuse treatment providers, and the community into a single program that reduces substance abuse by nonviolent offenders, restores them to law abiding productivity while lessening the fiscal impact on society. These programs are a cost-effective, holistic approach to reducing previous criminal behavior by offering to qualifying substance abuse offenders the tools necessary to lead a productive drug-free and crime-free life.

Brevard Adult Drug Court

Jean Bandish
Problem-Solving Courts Manager
(321) 617-7375 

Brevard County

Juvenile Drug Court

MISSION:

In partnership with the community, the PTI Drug Court Program is a cost-effective, holistic approach to reducing previous criminal behavior by offering qualified substance abuse offenders the tools necessary to lead a productive drug-free, and crime-free life.


HISTORY:

Recognizing the need for an alternative to prosecution and incarceration for drug offenders, Brevard County implemented the PTI Drug Court Program in 1994. Modeled after nationally recognized drug courts, it offers a continuum of drug education and treatment alternatives for felony drug offenders. The court proceedings are unique in that they are non-adversarial in nature with a dedicated Drug Court Judge who oversees each participant's progress. The Drug Court Judge places the defendants in the program, monitors their progress, and orders dismissal of the charge (or charges) when all program objectives have been satisfied. The Judge's actions in Drug Court are not strictly to punish, but to hold the defendants accountable for their actions while receiving substance abuse treatment.

Drug Court in Brevard County is part of a Program known as Pretrial Intervention (PTI). PTI Drug Court is a program of intensive supervision and treatment which is considered necessary for the rehabilitation of participants and the safety of the general public. Drug Court clients are supervised by the Department of Corrections until they graduate. Failure to comply will result in the criminal case being sent back to criminal court docket. Each phase is designed to become easier as the participant progresses.

PHASES:

    1. Phase 1 will be very intensive drug treatment. As they progress and show compliance, they will become eligible for Phase 2.
    2. Phase 2, which will include a step down in treatment. When they have shown they are on a solid path to success, they will be eligible for Phase 3 and enter Aftercare.
    3. Upon completion of Phase 3 they will be eligible for graduation. Everyone in the program is required to perform 50 hours of community service because everyone in the program must give something back to the community.

Unlike some other court programs, PTI Drug Court does not allow "buyouts" of community service hours, and it requires that all hours be completed thirty (30) days prior to the graduation date. OUR GOAL FOR PARTICIPANTS—FREEDOM FROM ADDICTIVE CHEMICALS, AND FREEDOM FROM THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM.

Brevard Juvenile Drug Court

Jean Bandish
Problem-Solving Courts Manager
(321) 617-7375 

Brevard County

Juvenile Drug Court

MISSION:

In partnership with the community, the PTI Drug Court Program is a cost-effective, holistic approach to reducing previous criminal behavior by offering qualified substance abuse offenders the tools necessary to lead a productive drug-free, and crime-free life.


HISTORY:

Recognizing the need for an alternative to prosecution and incarceration for drug offenders, Brevard County implemented the PTI Drug Court Program in 1994. Modeled after nationally recognized drug courts, it offers a continuum of drug education and treatment alternatives for felony drug offenders. The court proceedings are unique in that they are non-adversarial in nature with a dedicated Drug Court Judge who oversees each participant's progress. The Drug Court Judge places the defendants in the program, monitors their progress, and orders dismissal of the charge (or charges) when all program objectives have been satisfied. The Judge's actions in Drug Court are not strictly to punish, but to hold the defendants accountable for their actions while receiving substance abuse treatment.

Drug Court in Brevard County is part of a Program known as Pretrial Intervention (PTI). PTI Drug Court is a program of intensive supervision and treatment which is considered necessary for the rehabilitation of participants and the safety of the general public. Drug Court clients are supervised by the Department of Corrections until they graduate. Failure to comply will result in the criminal case being sent back to criminal court docket. Each phase is designed to become easier as the participant progresses.

PHASES:

    1. Phase 1 will be very intensive drug treatment. As they progress and show compliance, they will become eligible for Phase 2.
    2. Phase 2, which will include a step down in treatment. When they have shown they are on a solid path to success, they will be eligible for Phase 3 and enter Aftercare.
    3. Upon completion of Phase 3 they will be eligible for graduation. Everyone in the program is required to perform 50 hours of community service because everyone in the program must give something back to the community.

Unlike some other court programs, PTI Drug Court does not allow "buyouts" of community service hours, and it requires that all hours be completed thirty (30) days prior to the graduation date. OUR GOAL FOR PARTICIPANTS—FREEDOM FROM ADDICTIVE CHEMICALS, AND FREEDOM FROM THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM.

Brevard Veterans Treatment Court

Jean Bandish
Problem-Solving Courts Manager
(321) 617-7375 

Brevard County

Veterans Treatment Drug Court

MISSION STATEMENT

To help men and women who have served, or are serving, in our armed forces, as a U.S. Department of Defense contractor, or former military member of a foreign allied country to reclaim their lives by providing access to mental health, substance abuse and other types of treatment as an alternative to traditional criminal prosecution. The program includes extensive supervision, monitoring and support to veterans while protecting public safety.

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA

To qualify for entry into Veterans’ Treatment Court, an applicant must have served in the military or been a Department of Defense Contractor who has either a) substance abuse, 2) mental health or 3) traumatic brain injury related to their service. The applicant must also not be charged with a felony excluded by Florida Statute 948.06(8)(c).

A hearing is held to determine if an applicant meets the criteria. During that hearing, it is the duty of the State Attorney’s Office to decide whether an applicant is first eligible under the criteria and if then they are eligible whether they should be admitted. The State Attorney’s Office must weigh multiple factors, including but not limited to, the input of the victim, the input from the arresting agency, the input from the Veterans’ Treatment Court Judge, prior criminal history, the nature of the crime, service record, and likelihood of success in Veterans’ Treatment Court.

“C.U.T.” – An Important Acronym

            Communication ensures participants are taking steps to improve themselves.

            Urinalysis ensures that participants are maintaining sobriety.

            Treatment ensures that participants are doing the work to improve themselves.

What to Expect

            Veterans’ Treatment Court is a voluntary program, and no participant has a right to be admitted into the program. If an applicant is accepted, they will be asked to complete a mental health evaluation, a substance abuse evaluation, complete any and all treatment recommended, attend and complete any classes ordered by the Court, be screened for drugs and alcohol to ensure sobriety, maintain regular contact with their assigned mentor, follow all of the instructions of their probation officer, and follow all orders from the Court.

            There are many expectations placed on participants and it is important to read the VETERANS TREATMENT COURT HANDBOOK to understand all of them well. It will be important for participants to refer to the handbook often to understand their obligations. You will also be able to ask your mentor any follow-up questions.

            Mentors are a vital part of Veterans’ Treatment Court.  Your assigned mentor is your peer and is there to help you succeed in your journey in the program. Many of our participants have suffered significant trauma during their service to our country and it helps to have someone to talk to that can understand what you’ve gone through. Our mentors are all volunteers from the community who care about their mentee’s success and go above and beyond to serve our participants.

            There are three phases to Veterans’ Treatment Court: (1) Assessment and Stabilization, (2) Treatment, and (3) Aftercare. Each phase has its own criteria to be eligible to advance to the next phase and the Veterans’ Treatment Court Team will determine, after a participant meets the criteria, whether the participant is ready to move towards the next phase.

            Each participant’s journey will be vastly different, even if they start the program on the same day. Some participants will need additional classes and treatment, based on their needs, and that may extend their duration in the program. Many participants graduate after a year and while some participants graduate later, there are no set dates because treatment is never about finishing fast, it is about finishing successfully.

For additional information, please contact:

Jean Bandish - Problem-Solving Courts Manager
The Moore Justice Center
2825 Judge Fran Jamieson Way, 2nd Floor
Viera, Florida 32940
321-617-7375 – Office
E: Jean.Bandish@flcourts18.org

Brevard Early Childhood Court

Dina Mezza
Community Coordinator Early Childhood Court
(321) 635-5070 

Seminole Adult Drug Court

Marissa Gore
Problem-Solving Courts Manager
(407) 665.4966

Seminole County

Adult Drug Court

MISSION

The mission of the Seminole County Adult Drug Court is to unite the judiciary, criminal justice entities, substance abuse treatment providers, and the community into a single program that reduces substance abuse by nonviolent offenders, restores them to law abiding productivity while lessening the fiscal impact on society.


PROGRAM HISTORY

The Drug Court concept is based on an innovative program that was first developed in Dade County (Miami, Florida) in 1989. Other types of problem-solving courts followed in the 1990’s to assist individuals with specific needs and problems that were not or could not be adequately addressed in traditional courts. Problem-solving courts use the drug court model to help address specific issues that will benefit the individual, victim, and society. The specific issues may include, but are not limited to, drug abuse, mental illness, veterans' issues, and domestic violence.

In 2001, the Florida State Legislature stated its intent that Drug Courts be implemented “in each judicial circuit in an effort to reduce crime and recidivism, abuse and neglect cases, and family dysfunction by recognizing that the integration of judicial supervision, treatment, accountability, and sanctions greatly increases the effectiveness of substance abuse treatment.” Even though drug courts originated in 1989 in Dade County, there had not been any movement towards the startup of such a specialty court within Seminole County until Judge Gene R. Stephenson was transferred to the Civil Division at the Seminole County Courthouse in 1999.

After taking the initiative to talk to other Drug Court judges across the state, Judge Stephenson, along with a visionary group of justice professionals, decided that the system as it existed, was broken and there had to be a better way to break the cycle of addiction which is the most predominant cause of cases entering the justice system. A public steering committee convened in order to develop the guidelines needed to establish a program in Seminole County and on July 12, 2001, Judge Stephenson presided over the first Seminole County Adult Drug Court docket.

Today, there are over 2,700 Drug Courts or related specialty courts operating in the U.S. and its territories. There are currently 95 Drug Court programs in Florida operating in the felony, misdemeanor, juvenile delinquency, and family dependency divisions of the various judicial circuits.

TARGET POPULATION

Participants are Seminole County residents, 18 years or older, whose current charge is a non-violent felony and who have been diagnosed with a substance abuse disorder as their primary condition. The program/project serves two populations: 1) first-time felony offenders in a Tier- One Pre-Trial Intervention track and 2) offenders who have been arrested more than once and show evidence of a significant substance abuse problem. Excluded from participation are serious offenses and prior or current violent or criminal felony offenses relating to drug trafficking and importation.

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA FOR THE REGULAR ADULT DRUG COURT PROGRAM (for defendants with significant substance abuse issues):

  • The defendant must have a serious substance abuse problem requiring treatment. A substance abuse assessment by the program’s authorized evaluator is required.
  • Must be a Seminole County resident, have a drug-free stable place to reside, and reliable transportation.
  • Must be mentally capable of benefiting from the Adult Drug Court and possess the motivation to complete the program.
  • All cases must be approved by the State Attorney’s Office. Individuals charged with first time possession or purchase of a controlled substance are eligible to apply for acceptance into the program.
  • Individuals who are charged with, or who have a prior record of, sale or delivery of a controlled substance or possession with intent to sell or deliver a controlled substance are not eligible for Adult Drug Court.
  • Individuals who are charged with any other 2nd or 3rd degree felony may request the State Attorney review their case for consideration for the program. Factors which will be used to determine acceptance include the facts of the current case, victim consent, and prior record.
  • Violation of Probation or Community Control cases are eligible for acceptance.
  • Participants are required to pay the program fee of $1,000.00, any restitution applicable, any cost of investigation applicable, and $100.00 per case cost of prosecution.

Persons entering the program are required to enter a plea and their sentences are deferred until the completion of the program. Upon entering the program each individual is placed under the supervision of the Department of Corrections/State Probation, for a period of 12 to 18 months in order to monitor them while in the program.

All Adult Drug Court participants must complete substance abuse treatment that will be delivered in the following four drug court program phases. The length of program phases will vary depending on individual progress.

PROGRAM PHASES: You must complete substance abuse treatment that will be delivered in the following four Drug Court Program phases. The length of program phases will vary depending on your individual progress. The below guidelines are the minimum requirements:

Phase 1: Stabilization Phase lasts a minimum of 1 month:

  • Mandatory drug testing on Mondays and Fridays with random urinalysis on all other days
  • Attend group therapy session(s) per week as directed by substance abuse counselor
  • Attend monthly individual session(s) as directed by substance abuse counselor
  • Attend court sessions bi-weekly
  • Maintain court-approved housing
  • Attend 1 monthly office meeting with Probation Officer
  • Indicate an initial understanding of substance abuse treatment
  • Attend and submit 4 NA/AA or approved community recovery support group meetings per week
  • Must have 20 consecutive clean urine days to be eligible for advancement to Phase 2

Phase 2: Intensive Treatment lasts a minimum of 3 months:

  • Weekly random urinalysis
  • Attend group therapy session(s) per week as directed by substance abuse counselor
  • Attend monthly individual session(s) as directed by substance abuse counselor
  • Attend court sessions bi-weekly
  • Locate/maintain court-approved employment, training and/or education
  • Maintain court-approved housing
  • Begin paying towards program fees
  • Attend 1 monthly office meeting with Probation Officer
  • Indicate an appropriate understanding of recovery principles
  • Attend and submit 3 NA/AA or approved community recovery support group meetings per week
  • Must have 45 consecutive clean urine days to be eligible for advancement to Phase 3

Phase 3: Relapse Prevention lasts a minimum of 5 months:

  • Weekly random urinalysis
  • Attend group therapy session(s) per week as directed by substance abuse counselor
  • Attend monthly individual session(s) as directed by substance abuse counselor
  • Attend 1 court session per month
  • Maintain court-approved employment, training and/or education
  • Maintain court-approved housing
  • Complete payment of program fees in full
  • Attend 1 monthly office meeting with Probation Officer
  • Indicate an appropriate understanding of a recovery lifestyle
  • Attend and submit 3 NA/AA or approved community recovery support group meetings per week
  • Must have 90 consecutive clean urine days to be eligible for advancement to Phase 4

Phase 4: Community Transition lasts a minimum of 3 months:

  • Weekly random urinalysis
  • Attend group therapy session(s) per week as directed by substance abuse counselor
  • Attend monthly individual session(s) as directed by substance abuse counselor
  • Attend 1 court session per month
  • Maintain court-approved employment, training and/or education
  • Maintain court-approved housing
  • Attend 1 monthly office meeting with Probation Officer
  • Indicate an appropriate understanding of community transition
  • Attend and submit 2 NA/AA or approved community recovery support group meetings per week
  • Must have 90 consecutive clean urine days to be eligible for graduation

Once completion has taken place, the plea is withdrawn and the charges are Nolle Prossed by the State Attorney, which states that they are essentially, dismissed.

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA FOR TIER-ONE/FIRST-TIME OFFENDERS PROGRAM includes the following criteria:

  • Must not have significant addiction issues. A substance abuse assessment by the program’s authorized evaluator is required.
  • Must be a Seminole County resident, have a drug-free stable place to reside, and reliable transportation.
  • Must be mentally capable of benefiting from the Tier One program and possess the motivation to complete its requirements.
  • Charged with a third degree felony for possession of a controlled substance or a 2nd felony purchase of a controlled substance under Chapter 893.
  • No previous felony convictions.
  • No previous admission to a felony pretrial program.
  • No more than one prior misdemeanor conviction.
  • No violation of probation cases are accepted
  • No evidence of sale of controlled substance in current case or prior felony criminal conviction.
  • No DUI charges may be diverted through this program.

All Tier-One participants must complete the following components:

  • 6-week Drug Education Class
  • STD Awareness Class
  • Life Skills Assessment and any recommended training
  • Case Management
  • Monthly Probation Supervision
  • Random Urinalysis
  • Mandatory Court Appearance
  • Pay all program fees:
  • $1,000.00 Tier One Program Fee
  • $100.00 Cost of Prosecution
  • Four (4) percent surcharge to the Department of Corrections
  • Twenty-five (25) hours Community Service.
  • Pay cost of investigation, if any
  • Restitution is required, if applicable.

Upon full completion of the 6-12 month Tier One Drug Court program, the felony charge(s) will be dismissed by the State of Florida.

For further information, please contact the Adult Drug Court Program Office:

Marissa Gore
Problem Solving Courts Manager
Seminole County, Florida
101 Eslinger Way
Sanford, Florida 32773
P: 407.665.4966
E: Marissa.Gore@flcourts18.org

Seminole Veterans Treatment Court

Marissa Gore
Problem-Solving Courts Manager
(407) 665.4966

Seminole County

Veterans Treatment Drug Court

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PROGRAM MISSION

The mission of the Seminole County Veterans Treatment Drug Court is to provide an inter-agency, collaborative, non-adversarial therapeutic justice program for Veterans in the criminal justice system who suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), Military Sexual Trauma, mental health and substance abuse symptoms as a result of having served in a combat theater and aims to regain their wholeness within the country they have defended.

PROGRAM HISTORY

Seminole County established our pilot Veterans Treatment Court in 2012 with Seminole County Judge John L. Woodard, III presiding. The program was started to quickly identify all Veterans involved in the criminal justice system and divert eligible cases to a non-adversarial treatment-based system with the goal of restoring their good standing in the community and dismissing their criminal cases.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES

  • Promote public safety.
  • Reduce criminal recidivism and its associated costs to the citizens of Seminole County.
  • Assist and support criminal justice involved Veterans through a coordinated system of court appearances, treatment, community supervision and mentoring to ensure compliance with treatment and other court ordered conditions.
  • Integrate community based and Veteran's Administration treatment programs for our Veterans.
  • Ensure all Veterans' benefits and services are fully accessible by our Veterans.
  • Assist our Veterans in restoring core military values into their daily routine.

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA

The Veteran must have served in the United States Armed Forces and be eligible to receive services through the Veteran's Administration.

  • Most non-violent and non-traffic related third degree felony and misdemeanor cases are eligible for admission into Veteran's Court.
  • All Victims must agree to resolution of a case through Veterans' Court.
  • All restitution due must be paid during the period of Veteran's participation in Veteran's Court unless waived by the Victim.
  • Upon agreement of the State Attorney and Victim(s), Domestic Violence cases may be eligible for the program. If accepted, all previously imposed conditions of bond will remain in effect as part of the program.
  • Upon agreement of the State Attorney and Officer(s) Battery upon a Law Enforcement Officer, Resisting With Violence and Resisting Without Violence may be eligible for the program.
  • Upon agreement of the State Attorney, other non-traffic charges may be considered for acceptance.
  • Traffic offenses, including DUI, are eligible. Minor misdemeanor (DUI) traffic offenses arising from the same incident will not disqualify a Veteran from participation in the program on the primary non-traffic charge(s).
  • Drug charges involving the distribution, sale or delivery of controlled substances are not eligible.
  • Veterans with prior convictions for sale or delivery of controlled substances, violent felonies or more than one violent misdemeanor are not eligible.

MENTOR PROGRAM

Many returning Veterans suffer from not only physical injuries, but also the mental scars of war including Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, traumatic brain injury, depression and substance abuse. Many times these factors are the primary reason our Veterans become involved in the criminal justice system. Local Veterans have volunteered to help their peers through the Veterans' Court process by becoming mentors.

The Seminole County Veterans Treatment Court Mentor Program provides peer-to-peer confidential support and assistance by Veterans to our criminal justice system involved Veterans. Our mentors will help our Veterans readjust to civilian life, introduce them to various Veterans’ organizations, help them to connect with treatment providers, and assist them in navigating the VA system.

GRADUATION CRITERIA

Participants are recommended for graduation when they have met all Veterans Treatment Court requirements. The program team will meet to consider the merits of the recommendation to graduate and must agree that the participant has sufficiently integrated the necessary information to support long-term recovery. Graduation requests will be tentatively approved pending the adherence to Veterans Treatment Court requirements through the date and time of the graduation ceremony including the payment of all required treatment court fees and restitution, if any. Veterans entering the program are required to enter a plea and their sentences are deferred until the completion of the program. Upon entering the program each individual is placed under the supervision of the Seminole County Probation Office in order to monitor them while in the program. Once completion has taken place, the plea is withdrawn and the charges are Nolle Prossed by the State Attorney, which states that they are essentially, dismissed.

All Veterans Treatment Court participants are encouraged to attend and the graduation ceremony is open to the public. The graduates are invited to speak about their Veterans Treatment Court experience and to offer encouragement to those in attendance. Certificates of Completion or other tokens of appreciation may be handed out during the ceremony.

For additional information, please contact:

Marissa Gore
Problem Solving Courts Manager
Seminole County, Florida
101 Eslinger Way
Sanford, Florida 32773
P: 407.665.4966
E: Marissa.Gore@flcourts18.org

BREAKING THE CYCLE BETWEEN DRUGS AND CRIME

The difference between Drug Court and the regular court system and typical treatment programs is simple. Defendants, called "clients," not only receive the typical treatment interventions of group therapy, education and counseling, but also must appear before the Drug Court Judge on a regular basis. These court appearances are crucial to the effectiveness of the Drug Court model. Each time a drug court client appears in court, their participation in treatment and urinalysis results are reviewed by the judge. If the reviews are favorable, the client receives praise for their efforts. If the report reflects a lack of treatment participation or the urinalysis testing reports drug use, the drug court judge responds with an appropriate court-ordered sanction ranging from increased treatment to short stays in jail.


The intention of drug court is the break that cycle between drugs and crime. The program seeks to reduce drug abuse and related criminal behavior, improve work and social functioning, and reduce the spread of substance abuse related disease. Drug court may also relieve backlogs in the court system and relieve the crowding of jails with addicts, making room for more serious and violent crimes.

PROGRAM HISTORY

The Drug Court concept is based on an innovative program that was first developed in Dade County (Miami, Florida) in 1989. Other types of problem-solving courts followed in the 1990’s to assist individuals with specific needs and problems that were not or could not be adequately addressed in traditional courts. Problem-solving courts use the drug court model to help address specific issues that will benefit the individual, victim, and society. The specific issues may include, but are not limited to, drug abuse, mental illness, veterans’ issues, and domestic violence.

 

BREVARD HISTORY

Recognizing the need for an alternative to prosecution and incarceration for drug offenders, Brevard County implemented the PTI Drug Court Program in 1994. Modeled after nationally recognized drug courts, it offers a continuum of drug education and treatment alternatives for felony drug offenders. The court proceedings are unique in that they are non-adversarial in nature with a dedicated Drug Court Judge who oversees each participant’s progress. The Drug Court Judge places the defendants in the program, monitors their progress and orders dismissal of the charge (or charges) when all program objectives have been satisfied. The Judge’s actions in Drug Court are not strictly to punish, but to hold the defendants accountable for their actions while receiving substance abuse treatment. Drug Court in Brevard County is part of a Program known as Pretrial Intervention (PTI). PTI Drug Court is a program of intensive supervision and treatment which is considered necessary for the rehabilitation of participants and the safety of the general public. Drug Court clients are supervised by the Department of Corrections until they graduate. Failure to comply will result in the criminal case being sent back to criminal court docket. Each phase is designed to become easier as the participant progresses.

 

SEMINOLE HISTORY

In 2001, the Florida State Legislature stated its intent that Drug Courts be implemented “in each judicial circuit in an effort to reduce crime and recidivism, abuse and neglect cases, and family dysfunction by recognizing that the integration of judicial supervision, treatment, accountability, and sanctions greatly increases the effectiveness of substance abuse treatment.” Even though drug courts originated in 1989 in Dade County, there had not been any movement towards the startup of such a specialty court within Seminole County until Judge Gene R. Stephenson was transferred to the Civil Division at the Seminole County Courthouse in 1999. After taking the initiative to talk to other Drug Court judges across the state, Judge Stephenson, along with a visionary group of justice professionals, decided that the system as it existed, was broken and there had to be a better way to break the cycle of addiction which is the most predominant cause of cases entering the justice system. A public steering committee convened in order to develop the guidelines needed to establish a program in Seminole County and on July 12, 2001, Judge Stephenson presided over the first Seminole County Adult Drug Court docket.

 

Today, there are over 2,700 Drug Courts or related specialty courts operating in the U.S. and its territories. There are currently 95 Drug Court programs in Florida operating in the felony, misdemeanor, juvenile delinquency, and family dependency divisions of the various judicial circuits.

TARGET POPULATION

Participants are either Brevard or Seminole County residents, 18 years or older, whose current charge is a non-violent felony and who have been diagnosed with a substance abuse disorder as their primary condition. The program/project serves two populations:

 

  1. First-time felony offenders in a Tier- One Pre-Trial Intervention track and
  2. Offenders who have been arrested more than once and show evidence of a significant substance abuse problem. Excluded from participation are serious offenses and prior or current violent or criminal felony offenses relating to drug trafficking and importation.

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