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Chemical Dependency Court Services

Locations:

Locations:

Drug Treatment Court

Veterans Treatment Court

District Court
99 Main Street, L23
Hempstead, NY 11550
Phone: (516) 572-2574, 2488
Fax: (516) 572-2491

District Court
99 Main Street, L23
Hempstead, NY 11550
Phone: (516) 493-4145
Fax: (516) 572-2491

     

 

S.T.E.P. Program

Felony Diversion Court

 

District Court
99 Main Street, L41
Hempstead, NY 11550
Phone: (516) 572-2460
Fax: (516) 572-2559

Family Court
262 Old Country Road
Mineola, NY 11501
Phone: (516) 493-3620
Fax: (516) 571-3452

Hours of Operation: 8:00 am – 4:00 pm

Director: Kirby Thompson, L.C.S.W.

FAQs:

What is the purpose of these programs?
These programs exist to help defendants with chemical dependency problems to reduce or eliminate certain criminal charges in exchange for participating in treatment and remaining drug and alcohol free.

What services are provided by the above programs?
Clinical staff from the Nassau County Office of Mental Health, Chemical Dependency and Developmental Disabilities Services collaborates with staff of the New York State Office of Court Administration to work with Judges, District Attorney’s Office, and defense attorneys in order to engage defendants in treatment. This effort is designed to focus on chemical dependency issues that may have contributed to the offenses and to prevent recidivism into the criminal justice system. Completion of treatment may, at the discretion of the District Attorney and/or Judge, result in a lesser sentence/plea; and in some cases, participants will avoid incarceration and/or have charges dismissed completely. In these programs participants receive clinical assessments, treatment recommendations and placements, case management, treatment progress reports to the Court, and crisis intervention services.

What are the eligibility requirements?
To be eligible for court services, the following conditions must be met:
Drug Treatment Court – Must be at least 21 years of age, facing a sentence of 90 days in jail, or have two prior criminal convictions. Alcohol or substance abuse must have contributed to the pending charge. Charges must be misdemeanors and violations with no pending felony charges. The participant must acknowledge having a problem with chemical dependency and be willing to participate in treatment for one year.
Veterans Treatment Court – Must have an identifiable problem that contributed to unlawful conduct such as substance abuse, mental health issues, educational/vocational deficits, anger management, poor decision making or coping skills. Charges may be misdemeanors or violations but some felonies are also permitted.
Felony Diversion Court – Must be at least 21 years of age and charged with any Class B, C, D or E felony offense in Article 220 or 221 (unlawful possession and/or sale of a controlled substance).  Alcohol or substance abuse must have contributed to the pending charge. The participant must acknowledge having a problem with chemical dependency and be willing to participate in treatment for 18 months.
S.T.E.P. Program - Participants are referred by the Court for clinical assessment to determine treatment needs following charges indicating first-time DWI or DUI offenses.

Is participation in the court programs voluntary?
Participation in the court programs is voluntary.

Are there fees for these programs?

Due to the collaboration among the Office of Court Administration, Nassau County Department of Human Services, Nassau County Department of Social Services, Nassau County district Attorney’s Office and Nassau County Legal Aid, all services are provided free of charge.