Substance Abuse Evaluation & Counseling
The evaluation must be completed by a certified drug/alcohol counselor. Upon signing the Diversion agreement the defendant will be referred to a counseling agency in his/her area.
If you live outside of Hamilton County and would like to initiate this process you can locate a counseling agency in your area. This can be done by looking in the yellow pages under "substance abuse" or "mental health" agencies. You can also call you local Probation Department or hospital and ask them to refer you to an agency. For students attending college your local health center may offer a sufficient program. All counseling is subject to the approval of the Diversion Coordinator.
Counseling & Community Service Requirements for Other Charges
Battery, Invasion of Privacy, and Intimidation offenses are all required to attend anger management counseling. You must first undergo an evaluation and then attend a minimum of 12 sessions. If the counselor recommends more than 12 sessions, you are required to follow their recommendation. You also must successfully complete counseling and pay any related fees with the counseling agency. Counseling reports should be sent monthly to the Diversion Coordinator. You can click on this link to see a list of Anger Control Counselors in the Hamilton County area. These offense also require completion of 40 hours of community service.
Domestic Battery offenses require completion of a specified Domestic Battery/Batter counseling program. This program is typically 72 hours long and must be completed within the 12 month term of Diversion. You must pay any related fees which are typically $30 - $50 a week. Financial assistance may be available to those who qualify. Counseling reports should be sent to the Diversion Coordinator monthly. You will be referred to a program in your area upon meeting with the Diversion Coordinator. Due to the commitment this program entails, community service for this offense has been reduced to 10 hours, to be completed within the 1st 6 months of the term. You can click on this link to see a list of Counseling Agencies.
Conversion offenses are required to attend the NCTI Conversion Class offered by 46th Street Counseling in Indianapolis, IN. You can contact this office at 317-299-1851, ext. 4, to schedule this class. This class costs $80 and must be paid by money order prior to the class. You must successfully pass this one-day, 8-hour class. A minimum of 40 hours of community service is also required.
Check deception offenses are required to complete the "Credit When Credit is Due" workbook through Consumer Credit Counseling Services of Central Indiana. You can schedule this class by calling 317-266-1300, ext. 3013. This class costs $75 and must be paid by money order or cashier's check before the workbook is issued. This class must be passed successfully. A minimum of 40 hours of community service is also required.
Reckless Driving offenses are required to attend Defensive Driving. This class is provided by Jack N. Worland and John Pickney, Professional Driver Improvement Courses, Inc. A training agency of the National Safety Council and can be scheduled by calling 866-426-4184. A minimum of 40 hours of community service is also required.
Other counseling may be required for certain offenses or situations and will be required on a case-by-case basis. You will be made aware of the specific requirements before signing the diversion agreement.