FELONY, MISDEMEANOR, AND VIOLATION DIVERSION PROGRAMS
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.
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.
|Community Service Hours||25||50/75||150|
|Weekly Case Management Meetings||√||√||√|
|Random Drug Testing||√||√||√|
|Substance Education Class||√||√||√|
|High School Education||√||√||√|
|30-60 Day Progress Reviews||√||√||√|
|Life Skill Classes||x||0-10||20|
|Prime For Life Education ($30 fee)||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 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.
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.
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.
|Weekly Case Management Meetings||√|
|Random Drug Testing||√|
|Substance Education Class||√|
DIAGNOSING AND TREATING ADDICTION PROGRAM
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.
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.
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
|Phase I||Phase II|
|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 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.
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.
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
|Program Fees||$12 Monthly|
|Case Management Meetings||As Needed|
|Monitoring of Court Requirements||√|
COURT ORDERED COMMUNITY SERVICE PROGRAM
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.
|Case Management Meetings||As needed|
|Monitoring of Court Requirements||√|
ALL PROGRAMS OVERVIEW
|DATA Phase II||COMP||COCS|
|Program Fees||$600||$450||$200||$375||$125||$200||$12 Monthly||$10|
|Community Service Hours||150||75||25||X||X||X||
|Case Management Meetings||√||√||√||√||√||√||√||√|
|Random Drug Testing||√||√||√||√||√||√||X||X|
|Substance Education Class||√||√||√||√||X||X||X||X|
|High School Education||√||√||√||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|
|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.
The Parenting Program was implemented in June of 2019 as a new initiative created by the Merrimack County Attorney, Robin Davis with the intent to supply education to families in the greater Merrimack County area.
Referrals for the Parenting Program are accepted from schools, Law Enforcement agencies, Department of Health and Human Services, Counselors and any other referral source that is approved by the Program Director.
Parenting Program Components
Total Program fee - $250 (payment plans are available)
Individual Classes - $25
10 weeks (2 hour sessions)
Random drug screens are available at no additional cost if requested by the referral source
Topics of Discussion
- Childhood Development and Nutrition (Infancy through Adolescence)
- Behavior Management (Bullying, sibling rivalry, boundaries, setting limits & communications)
- Positive Parenting
- Building Character
- Parenting Styles
- Do's and Don'ts in Co-Parenting
- Places to go & Things to do (TV, video games, social media, wants vs needs, finding fun in the community)
- Family Roles
- How to set your child up for success
- Parent self-care
- Effects of Adult Behavior on Children