DOSE, SafeCHILD and Domestic Violence Related Resources

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If you’ve been charged in a domestic-violence related case or are facing a 50B domestic violence civil complaint, you may be ordered to undergo some sort of treatment.

Or, after talking with your lawyer, you and your lawyer may decide that preemptively seeking treatment will improve your chances for a positive outcome in your case.

Either these approaches can be taken because they can create opportunities for a better outcome in court, or they can be taken because treatment is important to resolve the underlying issue that gives rise to poor behavior.

State Certified Batterers Treatment Program

Wake Choosing To Change 4109 Wake Forest Rd. Raleigh, NC 27609
Spanish Available: Yes
Group Type: Men, Women 
Tel: 919-834-0437 
Joy Curry
jcurry_c2c@att.net 
www.choosingtochange.net

Wake CosTran Batterer Intervention Program 1011 Schaub Dr. Raleigh, NC 27606
Spanish Available: Yes 
Group Type: Men, Women 
Tel: 919-836-9021 
Michael Glass 
jmglass@costran.com 
www.costran.com

Wake DOSE/Triangle Family Services 3937 Western Blvd. Raleigh, NC 27606 
Spanish Available: Yes 
Group Type: Men, Women 
Tel: 919-518-9438 
Lisa Draper
ldraper@tfsnc.org 
www.tfsnc.org

Substance Abuse Treatment

You may be required or recommended to participate in a substance abuse treatment program.

Southlight Judicial Services
919-828-4892 ext. 1207
12 West Martin Street
Raleigh, NC 27601

CosTran, Inc.
1011 Schaub Drive, Suite 106
Raleigh, NC 27606
(919) 836-9021

First Step Services, LLC – Raleigh
211 Six Forks Rd, Suite 117
Raleigh, NC 27609
(919) 833-8899

First Step Services, LLC – Garner
136 Hwy 70 E., Suite 201
Garner, NC 27529
(919) 329-9400

First Step Services, LLC – Durham
3325 Chapel Hill Blvd.,
Durham, NC 27707
(919) 419-0229
First Step
[Raleigh, Garner & Durham locations.]

Arbor Counseling and Substance Abuse Services, PA
1040 Barrett Drive, Suite 101
Raleigh, NC 27609
(919) 788-8002

Behavioral Healthcare Systems
33 W. Davie Street
Raleigh, NC 27601
(919) 828-9007

SAFEChild

SAFEchild is a ten to fifteen session program for people charged or convicted of crimes involving minors.

864 W. Morgan Street 27603
919-743-6140
FAX: 919-743-6143
safechild@safechildnc.org

Mental Health Assessments

In some cases you may be advised to obtain a mental health assessment and comply with recommended treatment, or visit a therapist. Such assessments can usually be given by any licensed therapist or psychiatrist. You should talk to your lawyer to receive recommendations about the sort of place that will give you a mental health assessment or treatment to satisfy the terms of your agreement with the State.

Treatment Options – Avoiding Narconon

For people who have substance abuse issues or who are addicted to alcohol or narcotics, in-patient treatment programs can be effective ways of dealing with not only the addictive nature of the controlled substances, but also the underlying issues that may have given rise to the addictive behavior.

In a criminal setting, evidence that someone has taken responsibility for substance abuse issues can be used by your criminal defense lawyer to help argue to a judge that, in your case, some leniency is warranted given your acceptance of responsibility and your having taken action to confront those issues.

The default position is out-patient treatment. In Wake County, there are a number of excellent treatment providers, contact information for which is available elsewhere on my website.

Before attending any treatment option, be sure to talk to your Raleigh criminal lawyer or Raleigh DWI lawyer to find out what treatment program might be effective in a court setting.

As someone who has represented many people charged with drug crimes or DWI-related offenses and as someone who has had family members who have had substance abuse issues, I understand that sending a loved one to treatment does not necessarily resolve the matter. Addictions are almost always the result of underlying issues – feelings of inadequacy, shame, behavioral issues, and so forth. These problems are not unique to people who have substance abuse problems: We all have, to some degree, psychological and psychiatric issues that can result in unproductive behaviors. They are not easily resolved, especially not in a 30, 60, or 90 day program.

In-patient treatment programs may be appropriate for people who have more significant behavioral or substance abuse problems. Whether those are secular programs, or religious programs, my general view is that so long as these are accredited or have licensed therapists who provide treatment or follow a science-based approach that is widely accepted in the fields of therapy, psychology or psychiatry, then the program is probably fine to attend.

It may be wise for you to consult state licensing agencies, national accreditation boards, or even reviews on Google to find a program that works for you. In addition, programs that are accepted by insurance companies are probably at least minimally acceptable.

However, you should avoid Narconon. Narconon claims to be an international drug treatment service with centers in 26 countries. In fact, Narconon is closely tied to Scientology, an organization that for years has been the object of fierce criticism because many people believe it is essentially an organization that profits at the expense of its members. Visit this site for Key Facts on Narconon.

Scientology was founded by failed science fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard, whose wife was a convicted felon – convicted after an extensive investigation by the FBI that revealed that Scientology’s upper management was involved in dirty tricks attacks on critics, and government agents who were investigating whether Scientology merited non-profit religious institution status under the IRS code.

I’m loathe to say something is a cult: one person’s church is another person’s cult. But in the case of Scientology, it’s basically a scam. And Narconon is basically based on the “technology” of Scientology’s founder, L. Ron Hubbard, a huckster above all.

DWI Assessment

North Carolina DWI law requires that everyone who is convicted of a DWI in this state be required to undergo a Substance Abuse Assessment – also known as a DWI Assessment – by a licensed provider in this state. If the person seeks to complete an assessment and treatment out of state, the person must ensure that the out-of-state provider comply with North Carolina’s requirements in providing the same level of quality treatment.

A DWI Assessment is important in three ways:

  1. To be eligible for a Limited Driving Privilege either during your Civil Revocation period or Post-Conviction.
  2. To comply with the conditions of probation upon conviction.
  3. To comply with DMV’s requirements in order to be re-licensed after the mandatory 1-year suspension.

The DWI assessment takes about an hour, but you should leave more time so that you can fill out pre-assessment paperwork. The assessment is basically an interview about your drug or alcohol consumption. The counselor will provide a recommendation as to the treatment you should undergo. You are free to take that assessment to any treatment agency for completion of your treatment. In other words, you do not need to complete your treatment at the same facility where you got your assessment.

However, in order to qualify for your pre-conviction Limited Driving Privilege during the initial 30 day suspension, you will need to enroll in a treatment program and provide proof to the court that you have “pre-enrolled” or begun treatment.

The DWI Assessment usually results in a recommendation of been the lowest level of treatment – the 16-hour Alcohol and Drug Education Traffic School (ADETS) – and 40 hours of group counseling. In some cases, where the person indicates a more serious drug or alcohol problem, the recommendation may be for 60 or more hours of out-patient treatment or, in rare circumstances, in-patient treatment.

The lowest level of treatment ADETS cannot be given to someone who has had a prior DWI within the last 7 years, nor can it be given to someone who registers a .15 or above on the breath or blood analysis.

A DWI Assessment is valid for 6-months. If treatment is not begun within that six-month window, the person will need to get re-assessed. A reassessment could result in a higher or lower treatment recommendation.

Since many Wake County DWI cases last longer than six months, it may make sense to begin your treatment even before your case is resolved both to be eligible for a mitigating factor if you are sentenced by a judge and so that the DWI assessment doesn’t go out-of-date. Talk to your Raleigh DWI lawyer about this matter.

For a list of Wake County DWI Treatment Centers, visit www.chetson.com/treatment.

Community Service Opportunities in Wake County

www.chetson.com/volunteer

In some cases, your attorney may recommend that you perform community service to improve your chances for a successful outcome in your case. In other cases, you may be ordered by a court to complete community service. If you are doing community service as part of an official court ordered program, you may be required to do so through a community service coordinator at the courthouse. In that case, follow that person’s instructions about where and when to do community service.

If you are doing community service on your own or as part of an informal agreement with the State, you probably need to arrange your own community service.  See below for five good options.  But make sure that where ever you complete your community service, you are following the advice of your lawyer, and the agreement that you have with the State.

If you’ve been asked or ordered to complete community service, you should be sure that whatever letter you get for your lawyer or the court has the dates on which the community service was performed, and the total number of hours completed. In addition, you should make sure that the letter is written by someone who provides contact information (so that a court can verify that the community service was performed) and is on letterhead (so that it is official).

If you’re in Wake County and need to perform community service, some possibilities include:

These – or other – charities and governmental agencies may be willing to allow you to volunteer with them. Before performing any volunteer work, you should first discuss this issue with your lawyer to make sure that your volunteer work will help (and not hurt) your case. In addition, you should make sure that the charity or non-profit is aware that you are performing your volunteer work for a court-recommended purpose so that they are aware they should give you a letter after you’ve completed your volunteer hours.

You should never talk to people at the charity about the facts of your case. If they ask, you can have them talk to your lawyer. Some of these charities may require you to have a letter from the court or from your attorney requesting that you be allowed to participate in community service at that location.  Other organizations may require you to waive liability in case you are injured.  Talk to your lawyer about getting a letter drafted that will enable you to participate in community service.

Wake County Substance Abuse Treatment Providers

Below are some names of Wake County (North Carolina) Substance Abuse Treatment Providers. I am not recommending these providers, but merely providing them for informational purposes. Before you use any provider, you should confirm with your lawyer that the provider is right for your case.

Southlight Judicial Services
919-828-4892 ext. 1207
12 West Martin Street
Raleigh, NC 27601

CosTran, Inc.
1011 Schaub Drive, Suite 106
Raleigh, NC 27606
(919) 836-9021
CosTran

First Step Services, LLC – Raleigh
211 Six Forks Rd, Suite 117
Raleigh, NC 27609
(919) 833-8899

First Step Services, LLC – Garner
136 Hwy 70 E., Suite 201
Garner, NC 27529
(919) 329-9400

First Step Services, LLC – Durham
3325 Chapel Hill Blvd.,
Durham, NC 27707
(919) 419-0229
First Step
[Raleigh, Garner & Durham locations.]

Arbor Counseling and Substance Abuse Services, PA
1040 Barrett Drive, Suite 101
Raleigh, NC 27609
(919) 788-8002

Behavioral Healthcare Systems
33 W. Davie Street
Raleigh, NC 27601
(919) 828-9007

Murray and Associates
3900 Merton Dr., Suite 250
Raleigh, NC 27609
(919) 876-2242

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