The Court Mandated Diversion (CMD) program provides Magistrates with an option to divert eligible offenders into treatment for their drug use through either the bail or sentencing process.
There are three basic ways diversion into drug treatment can occur after a plea of guilty or a finding of guilt:
For more information follow the links below:
These provide further information about the CMD assessment process and the treatment options available under the CMD program:
In 2007 Success Works was commissioned to undertake a 12 month evaluation of the pilot Court Mandated Diversion for Drug Offenders (CMD) program in Tasmania. Success Works has been able to employ its knowledge of national and international trends in therapeutic jurisprudence as well as the needs of offenders with substance abuse issues.
The evaluation has involved interviews with key stakeholders involved with the program including, magistrates, police, lawyers, AOD practitioners, service delivery staff and offenders who have been diverted into drug treatment. It also involves quantitative data analysis. Regular progress reports were generated over the period of the evaluation to enable a process of continuous improvement to take place throughout the term of the pilot program. The final report has been completed and is available below.
You can get further information about the program by ringing the Court Diversion Officer: