Consistent practices are in place in the CDTC program to ensure an equitable screening process that effectively assesses the applicant’s eligibility for the program. The four steps of the screening process are designed to facilitate a timely decision related to an applicant’s suitability. Ideally the process for determining eligibility should be completed within a four week period, if not sooner. Once all information is gathered from the screening phase, the applicant’s full case is reviewed by the entire Pre-Court Team who will make the final decision on program acceptance or non-acceptance.
Step 1 Screening: Crown Eligibility Review
To determine Crown eligibility the Crown Prosecutor examines the facts of the outstanding charges and the individual’s criminal record. The Crown will also request a criminal background check from Calgary Police Services and may also request additional information from Probation and/or CDTC Treatment Specialists to assist in determining initial suitability. Once this information has been collected and the Crown feels the applicant is a suitable candidate, a referral is made to the CDTC Clinical Director to arrange for a treatment assessment.
As each case is unique, you are encouraged to apply even if you are unsure of your eligibility. Your application decision will be based on many factors including context for past and current crimes.
Step 2 Screening: Applicant Observes DTC
During this initial screening period, the applicant must attend court to observe and learn more about the CDTC approach. The applicant must attend and observe the court in person, not by satellite TV, in order to fully experience the interactive CDTC environment. This gives the applicant further opportunities to consider their interest and participation in the program. The applicant cannot observe CDTC unless they have met initial Crown Prosecutor eligibility. At this time, Waiver and Consent Form (Part I) will be filed with the court.
Step 3 Screening: Treatment Eligibility Review
During this phase, a member of the CDTC Treatment team will meet in person with the applicant to conduct a treatment assessment. This assessment includes a full review of the applicant’s medical and mental health history, their history of addiction and treatment attempts, and other wellness related matters. The purpose of this phase is to confirm that the offender suffers from an addiction to a program-eligible substance and that he or she has no underlying health issues or characteristics that would make treatment within the CDTC program inappropriate or unsupportable within existing program resources.
Following this standardized screening process a decision will be made, on an applicant-centered basis, whether or not an in-depth psychological assessment is needed. If required, and deemed appropriate, this additional assessment will be used to further define program suitability and eligibility. The decision to have an additional assessment and the decision to refer an applicant to residential treatment or Day Program treatment is based on a clinical assessment and rests with the CDTC Clinical Director.
In some cases the applicant’s prior negative history with community based Addiction Recovery Programs and/or Housing Programs may have closed avenues for community support and as a consequence, are a potential barrier to enrolment in the CDTC program.
Step 4 Decision Making: To Accept or Not Accept
Once all information is gathered from all screening phases, the applicant’s full case is reviewed by the entire Pre-Court Team who will make the final decision on program acceptance or non-acceptance.
If the Pre-Court Team approves the applicant for enrollment in the program, the Crown Prosecutor will notify the applicant’s lawyer of the decision. At this time, the applicant’s Lawyer or Defense Counsel must complete and submit the CDTC Waiver and Consent Form Part II to the Crown Prosecutor’s office.
The applicant is required to enter a guilty plea(s) in court as part of admission to the program. This is done by the applicant’s Lawyer or Defense Counsel in court. At this time, the CDTC Waiver and Consent Form Part II and the applicant’s criminal record are filed with the court.
A Drug Treatment Court Judicial Interim Release Order is completed and the applicant is informed of the conditions of their release to the community. At this point the applicant is officially admitted to the CDTC program.
A release date is selected in court and on this day the participant is either released from the Calgary Remand Centre, picked up and escorted to a Residential Recovery Program or Day Program/Housing location. Or, if accepted from the community, the participant will be given a date and time to appear at the CDTC Main Office for intake.
Decision: Not Accepted
If the Pre-Court Team does not approve the applicant for enrollment in the program the Crown Prosecutor will notify the applicant’s lawyer of the decision. The applicant’s case will be returned to the regular court system and any information provided by the applicant to the program team as a part of the application and eligibility screening process will be kept confidential.