The ACT Policing Early Intervention and Diversion program is designed to provide early incentives for drug offenders to deal with their drug problems. The main people who can benefit from this program are young offenders who have no prior involvement with the courts.
Young drug offenders who qualify for the program have the opportunity of being referred to a variety of education and treatment options.
It is a partnership approach between health, police and non-government agencies adhering to the principles of the National Drug Strategy.
How it works
If ACT Policing decide a drug offender is eligible for the program the offender is referred to the Assessment and Coordination Team (part of the Alcohol and Drug Program, ACT Health) who conducts an assessment for treatment and/or education. The offender may then be referred to a treatment agency and their progress monitored. The AFP then receives regular reports on compliance or non-compliance.
To be eligible to participate in the ACT Policing Early Intervention and Diversion program, offenders must have committed an offence under the Drugs of Dependence Act 1989 (possession of an illicit drug or illicit possession of a pharmaceutical drug).
They must admit to the offence and consent to the diversion. The diversion will not be available where a violent crime has been committed. When considering diversion as an option, police will also consider public interest, the interests of the individual involved, and the interests of his/her immediate family.
ACT Health runs the Alcohol and Drug Program 24-Hour Helpline. Contact them on (02) 6207 9977.