What is Assessment?
An assessment is undertaken by a Court Diversion Officer (CDO) who will ask you a series of questions about your previous drug use, criminal activity and other details about your life.
These questions allow the CDO to decide whether you are suitable for the program and which type of programs will suit your needs.
The Magistrate may ask you if you are aware of the option for drug treatment under CMD and if you consent to be assessed for the program.
You must tell the Magistrate whether or not you consent to the assessment.
No it won’t go against you if you decide not to be assessed.
You can change your mind after you’ve agreed to be assessed, but you need to tell the CDO if you do not wish to proceed with the assessment.
You will meet the CDO when you get referred to assessment and you will be given a phone number to use in order to contact the CDO.
You can also change your mind at any time during participation in the CMD program if you decide not to continue as long as you tell the court or the CDO.
It will not go against you in sentencing if you decide to change your mind part way through the program.
You need to go and see the CDO in your area as soon as you leave the Court.
Names of the CDO and contact details are listed at the end of this form.
The CDO will explain the assessment process to you, and ask you to provide some basic information about yourself, including contact information.
They will also give you information about the next stages in assessment and ask you if you would like to continue.
The CDO will explain the details of some forms you need to complete including an authority to share information and a consent to assessment.
You will be given an appointment time and date for your assessment and an appointment time and date for a return visit with the CDO. You must keep both these appointments.
Your assessment may take two to three hours.
During this time the CDO will ask a series of questions. This may include details such as your personal history, drug use, offending history, accommodation, financial circumstances and a range of other questions.
These questions will help the CDO plan a range of services for you to attend if you are accepted into the CMD program.
These programs are focussed on reducing your drug use, such as withdrawal programs or counselling, as well as programs aimed to reduce your offending behaviour and improve your lifestyle.
The CDO will show you the Assessment Report and Individual Management Plan that goes back to Court and explain what programs have been agreed and/or recommended for you.
The things you have to do when on the program will also be explained.
If you have been assessed under the Bail Diversion program or the Drug Treatment Order program, the CDO will then ask you if you consent to participate in the program so that they can inform the Court.
You will be asked to sign a form if you agree to participate in the CMD program.
The Magistrate will consider the Assessment Report and has the option of:
Extending your bail conditions so that you can start the CMD program before final sentencing; or
Attaching conditions requiring attendance at CMD program on a community-based order; or
Attaching conditions requiring attendance at CMD program on a Drug Treatment Order as an alternative to imprisonment.
The Magistrate will take a number of things into consideration in deciding which option is suitable for you.
The Magistrate or CDO will explain these options to you in more detail.
These vary according to the type of programs that are recommended for you, however at a minimum you may be required to:
There may be additional obligations, which will be explained to you by the court or the CDO after you have been bailed or sentenced into the CMD program.
You can get further information about the program by phoning the Court Diversion Officer: