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What Type of Drug and Alcohol Treatment is Right for You?

Intensive Outpatient Treatment or Deferred Prosecution? What type of drug and alcohol treatment is right for you?

A very common situation when attending a scheduled assessment is the possibility of petitioning the court for a deferred prosecution. Working with these individuals, the attorney typically requests a 2 year deferred treatment program. In some cases, an individual takes a deferred prosecution on a first time DUI offense. Here is what you may want to know regarding the 2 year Deferred Prosecution treatment program compared to another type of drug and alcohol treatment program.

Assessment to determine criteria for ASAM Level of Care 2.1 – Intensive Outpatient Treatment

First, any CDP (or CDPT) is qualified to assess whether an individual meets the criteria for the Deferred Prosecution. We may assess an individual at the Intensive Outpatient Treatment level.

The assessment THS provides is a state certified 6-dimension Biopsychosocial assessment. The American Society for Addiction Medicine (ASAM) developed the assessment. While a person may request a Deferred Prosecution, the assessment will need to reflect whether (as stated previously) that a person is assessed at the higher level of care for an intensive outpatient treatment.

In addition, if someone doesn’t meet the 2.1 ASAM level of care, they’ll be referred to a lower level of care. This could be ASAM 1.0 Outpatient/After care services and/or ADIS/Victims Panel depending on the outcomes of the assessment.

Furthermore, if a person does meet the criteria, the assessor will explain the 2-year deferred prosecution program. Typically, this program is beneficial for individuals who have had recent multiple DUI or Substance Use related legal charges.

The difference between an Intensive Outpatient and Deferred Prosecution

With an Intensive Outpatient treatment program, an individual may expect to be in treatment between 4-8 months (depending on the recommendations for what type of drug and alcohol treatment would be best). Therapeutic Health Services does not have a “cookie cutter” approach to standard treatment programs. Rather, our approach is based on continuum of assessment utilizing the ASAM Criteria. Individuals will have a treatment plan review within the 30, 60, and 90 day milestone of their admission date.

However, with the Deferred Prosecution, this is a Washington State Law legislation (See, RCW Chapter 10.05) where a person is committed to a 2 year treatment recovery based program. This program has three phases.

  • I is 3x per week for 3 hours and is 8 weeks for 24 sessions
  • II is once per week for 1.5 hours and is 26 weeks
  • III is once per month for CD monthly monitoring for 16 months

With all treatment programs for our outpatient services (Intensive, Weekly, Relapse Prevention, and Intervention) we recommend individuals provide random observed urine samples on a monthly basis (or, as directed by primary counselor and agency request). For our intensive and relapse prevention treatment programs, we require individuals attend at least two sober support meetings per week.

Commitment to provide treatment for Deferred Prosecution

THS will provide a letter to the court that shows our commitment to provide treatment for all deferred prosecutions. We attach the letter to the Assessment summary letter. This includes the cost for the full treatment program.  Apple Health or State Insurance cover the program costs.

Finally, if you might benefit from a deferred prosecution treatment program and are working with an attorney, contact us. Contact any THS Branches to schedule an assessment to determine if you meet the criteria for the program.


For more information, please call 206-323-0930 or visit the Alcohol & Drug FAQ post.

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