“Alternatives to Incarceration” is a program that can help defendants with addiction issues who are facing criminal charges.
Court’s will sometimes agree to refer a defendant for drug and/or alcohol treatment.
Involvement in Alternatives to Incarceration (ATI) needs to be agreed to be the court, the defendant and community corrections. The program is only available to those facing misdemeanor drug or alcohol offenses and that have a verifiable substance abuse problem. A defendant can be sentenced to treatment instead of jail or may be ordered into treatment as part of a bond condition. There is also a possibility of residential treatment. The courts, mental health and substance abuse professionals are starting to realize that treatment of a substance abuse problem is paramount to keeping a defendant from becoming a repeat offender. Incarceration without dealing with the reasons for the substance abuse and/or mental health problem will not help the person in the long run and they will be right back into the criminal justice system.
The ATI program features may include:
- intake assessment and evaluation
- treatment, discharge and aftercare planning
- daily group therapy
- weekly individual therapy
- 24 hour staff supervision of a highly structured treatment regimen
- on-site 12 Step meetings
- GED/Adult Education classes
- HIV/STD education
- budget and life skills
- non-denominational worship services
- PBT and random urinalyses and contraband searches
- regular written progress reports
In order to qualify for the ATI program, a person must be a non-violent offender (male or female) and at least 17 years old. Treatment must be pre-authorized by Oakland County Community Corrections. The program encourages judges to suspend all, or part, of a sentence to jail for participation in the program.
Funding for the program is provided by Oakland County Community Corrections and the Prior Authorization and Central Evaluation (PACE) unit through Oakland County Community Mental Health.
ATI is one of many programs available – it takes an experienced defense attorney to know about these programs and what a person can qualify for.
There are numerous programs that are available for people that have mental health and/or substance abuse problems. ATI is only available for misdemeanor offenses, but there are numerous programs available for felony offenses too. The number of programs seem to grow almost weekly. This is why you need a top notch criminal defense attorney who stays current on the law, options for clients and the best way to protect client’s rights. LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C. has attorneys that are award winning, professional and highly competent. Its attorneys have served in various capacities in their communities, the courts and in private practice. LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C. prides itself with being a law firm that has some of the most respected, knowledgeable and professional attorneys available. Although each of our attorneys has good working relationships with prosecutors, a prosecutor does not want to see one of our attorneys on the other side of a courtroom from them. Prosecutors know we are there to win!! If you have questions or concerns, please call LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C. at (248) 263-6800 for a free consultation or complete a Request for Assistance Form and one of our attorney will contact you.
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