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Program Descriptions

FELONY, MISDEMEANOR, AND VIOLATION DIVERSION PROGRAMS

MISSION STATEMENT

The mission of the Merrimack County Diversion Program is to hold an eligible offender accountable while providing the resources, skills, and education to reduce the risk of committing crimes in the future. The program is an alternative to prosecution that offers a defendant a chance to avoid a criminal conviction and other punitive sanctions including fines, probation, and incarceration.

WHAT IS DIVERSION

The Merrimack County Diversion Program is a voluntary program for an individual charged with a criminal offense. The Individual who completes the program may avoid prosecution and potential conviction of their charge. Diversion only accepts certain types of criminal offenses and each referral must go through an assessment prior to being accepted into the program. Once accepted into the program a contract will be developed that will lists the specific requirements and obligations for each individual.

OFFENDER PROFILE

The Merrimack County Diversion Center accepts referrals from law enforcement and prosecutors from within Merrimack County and from all courts that oversee any Merrimack County cities or towns. Denial of admission to any of the programs at the Diversion Center will not be based on race, gender, sexual preference, economic status, disability, or inability to pay restitution or program fees. Referrals from outside of Merrimack County must be approved by the program director.

The Diversion Center does not accept referrals for violent crimes, domestic violence, nor sexual offender related crimes nor does it accept referrals for Driving While Intoxicated, (DWI) or related offenses.  

Exceptions may and must be approved by the program director.

MANDATED COMPONENTS

  Violation Misdemeanor Felony
Program Fees $200 $400 $500
Community Service Hours 25 50/75 150
Weekly Case Management Meetings
Random Drug Testing
Inmate Discussion
Substance Education Class
High School Education
Employment
30-60 Day Progress Reviews
Life Skill Classes x 0-10 20
Prime For Life Education ($30 fee) Possible Possible Possible
LADC Screening/Assessment Possible Possible Possible
Substance Treatment Possible Possible Possible
Shoplifters Course ($41 fee) Possible Possible Possible
Restitution Payments If Applicable If Applicable If Applicable

Additional components may be added during the assessment phase. As examples, things like anger management, obtaining a drivers license, defensive driving classes, and parenting classes.

FIRST-TIME ALCOHOL AND SUBSTANCE TRAINING PROGRAM

FAST

FAST is an acronym that stands for First time Alcohol and Drug Training which began in September of 2003 created by the former Merrimack County Attorney Daniel St. Hilaire. As a former district court prosecutor, Attorney St. Hilaire saw the need for a program that addressed the high volume of defendants using drugs and alcohol.

The FAST Program was designed to give prosecutors an alternative to the traditional system response of imposing fines to a quick referral resolution of less than 90 days while delivering quality alcohol and drug education combined with increased supervision and accountability.

MISSION STATEMENT

The mission of FAST is to provide alcohol and drug offenders with information and services through substance education, LADC services and other related components to reduce the risk of them committing additional alcohol and/or drug crimes in the future.

OFFENDER PROFILE

FAST accepts referrals at the discretion of the courts, prosecutors, and law enforcement within Merrimack County. Referrals from outside of Merrimack County may be accepted at the discretion of the program director. The program director also has the authority to accept or deny any types of referrals.

FAST may accept referrals that meet the following profile:

  • The defendant is charged a alcohol and or drug offense
  • The defendant is 16 years of age or older and the referring charges are currently in the adult criminal court
  • FAST does not accept referrals for sexual and/or violent crimes or for driving under the influence of liquor and or drugs

No referral will be denied admittance into the FAST program because of race, gender, disability, sexual preference or the inability to pay the program fee.

MANDATED COMPONENTS

  FAST
Program Fees $375
Weekly Case Management Meetings
Random Drug Testing
Inmate Discussion
Substance Education Class
LADC Screening/Assessment Possible
Substance Treatment Possible

 

DIAGNOSING AND TREATING ADDICTION PROGRAM

DATA

DATA is an acronym that stands for Diagnosing And Treating Addiction which began in October of 2011 created by the Merrimack County Attorney Scott Murray. As a former district court prosecutor, County Attorney Murray saw a need for a program that addressed the high volume of defendants suffering from substance misuse and or anger management issues often, individuals who are alcohol and or substance use offenders, have financial hardships which results in their inability to access services of a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor. DATA offers an additional resolution while making available case management, affordable screening/assessments along with appropriate follow up counseling services to insure supervision and accountability.

MISSION STATEMENT

The mission of DATA is to provide defendants with affordable pre-negotiated costs for License Alcohol and Drug Counselor services, follow-up treatment, weekly case management, random drug testing.

OFFENDER PROFILE

DATA accepts referrals at the discretion of the courts, prosecutors, law enforcement and defense attorneys from within Merrimack County. The Merrimack County DATA Program may approve out of county referrals.

Race, gender, disability and/or sexual preference have no factor in admittance into the DATA Program

MANDATED COMPONENTS

  Phase I Phase II
Program Fees $125 $200
Weekly Case Management Meetings
Random Drug Testing
LADC Screening/Assessment Completed in Phase I
Substance Treatment x Cost to Defendant
Anger Management Treatment x Cost to Defendant
Prime For Life Education x $30 Cost to Defendant
30-60 Day Progress Reviews If Needed If Needed

Additional recommendations may be added during the assessment phase. As example things like substance education class, anger management classes, obtaining a drivers license, defensive driving classes, IDIP, and parenting class.

 

COURT ORDERED MONITORING PROGRAM

COMP

PROGRAM HISTORY

COMP is an acronym that stands for Court Ordered Monitoring Program, which began in September 2012 created by Merrimack County Attorney Scott Murray. County Attorney Murray saw a need for a program that addressed the high volume of defendants that were unable to be monitored by prosecution to ensure compliance with court imposed orders.

COMP offers an additional resolution while making available case management guidance to ensure compliance with any court imposed orders.

 

MISSION STATEMENT

The mission of COMP is to provide monitoring services to sentenced defendants for prosecutors within the greater Merrimack County area who need assistance in ensuring that defendants follow through with court imposed sentencing orders.

OFFENDER PROFILE

COMP accepts referrals at the discretion of the prosecutors within the greater Merrimack County area. The Merrimack County COMP Program may approve out of county referrals.

Race, gender, disability, and/or sexual preference have no factor in admittance into COMP

 

MANDATORY COMPONENTS

Program Fees $50
Case Management Meetings As Needed
Monitoring of Court Requirements

COURT ORDERED COMMUNITY SERVICE PROGRAM

COCS

MISSION STATEMENT

COCS is an acronym that stands for Court Ordered Community Service. The mission of COCS Program is to hold eligible defendants accountable to orders issued by the court. The program assures the hours that are performed are done at not for profit organizations.

 

MANDATORY COMPONENTS

Program Fees $10
Case Management Meetings As needed
Monitoring of Court Requirements

ALL PROGRAMS OVERVIEW

  Felony Misdemeanor Violation FAST

DATA

Phase I

DATA Phase II COMP COCS
Program Fees $500 $400 $200 $375 $125 $200 $50 $10
Community Service Hours 150 75 25 X X X

Court

Order

Court

Order

Case Management Meetings
Random Drug Testing X X
Inmate Discussion X X X X
Substance Education Class X X X X
High School Education X X X X X
Employment X X X X X
Life Skill Classes 20 0-10 X X X X X X
30-60 Day Progress Reviews Possible Possible Possible Possible Possible
Prime For Life Education Possible Possible Possible X Possible X X
LADC Screening/Assessment Possible Possible Possible Possible X Possible X
Substance Treatment Possible Possible Possible Possible Possible Possible X
Restitution Payments If applicable

Additional components may be added during the assessment phase. As example things like anger management, obtaining a drivers license, defensive driving classes, and parenting classes.

Contacts

MERRIMACK COUNTY DIVERSION CENTER
163 North Main Street, Concord, NH 03301
(603) 226-1921 FAX (603) 228-2143

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David Croft, Director
phone extension 104

Ginnie Arenella, Program Coordinator
phone extension 103

Roy Summers, Case Manager
phone extension 105

Starr Smith, Case Manager
phone extension 113

Catrina Schaffnit, Case Manager
phone extension 110

Nikole Keaton, Case Manager
phone extension 107

, Secretary
phone extension 100

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HOURS OF OPERATION

Concord Office (603) 226-1921

1 Granite Place Suite N100

Monday 8:00am - 4:30pm
Tuesday 8:00am - 7:30pm
Wednesday 8:00am - 4:30pm
Thursday 8:00am - 7:30pm
Friday 8:00am - 3:30pm

Franklin Office (603) 545-7347

82 Elkins Street, Franklin, NH 03235

Wednesday 9:30 am - 3:00 pm

 

DIVERSION CENTER OVERVIEW

The Merrimack County Diversion Center is overseen by the Merrimack County Attorney Scott W. Murray.

The center has been serving Merrimack County since 1992, our participants have performed over 130,000 hours of community service and have paid in excess of $280,000 in restitution to victims of crimes. On the average, the center receives an excess of 800 referrals annually.

There are five different types of programs offered at the Merrimack County Diversion Center, two of which are possible alternatives to prosecution programs, (Diversion and First-time Alcohol Substance Training), one is used as both a pre or post conviction referral, (Diagnosing And Treating Addiction),  and the remaining two are post conviction programs, (Court Ordered Monitoring Program and Court Ordered Community Service).


Award


Merrimack County DATA (Diagnosing and Treating Addiction) Program
Reducing Crime By Targeting And Treating Substance Abuse
Awarded 2013 Achievement Award By the National Association of Counties (NACO)

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FELONY, MISDEMEANOR, AND VIOLATION DIVERSION PROGRAMS

MISSION STATEMENT

The mission of the Merrimack County Diversion Program is to hold an eligible offender accountable while providing the resources, skills, and education to reduce the risk of committing crimes in the future. The program is an alternative to prosecution that offers a defendant a chance to avoid a criminal conviction and other punitive sanctions including fines, probation, and incarceration.

WHAT IS DIVERSION

The Merrimack County Diversion Program is a voluntary program for an individual charged with a criminal offense. The Individual who completes the program may avoid prosecution and potential conviction of their charge. Diversion only accepts certain types of criminal offenses and each referral must go through an assessment prior to being accepted into the program. Once accepted into the program a contract will be developed that will lists the specific requirements and obligations for each individual.