Drug Health Services

Court Diversion Programs

Drug HealthMagistrates Early Referral Into Treatment (MERIT) Program – The MERIT Program is a local court based voluntary diversion program which targets adult defendants with illicit drug use problems who are eligible for release on bail and motivated to undertake drug treatment. The program is three months in duration, reflecting the average local court bail period.

This service provides options for clients to improve their health and social functioning while reducing crime and increasing quality of life.

The working partnership with the court, clinicians and clients helps magistrates administer sentences which can better reflect rehabilitation prospects for successful MERIT clients.

The MERIT office is located at Liverpool and the program operates through a range of courts.

Adult Drug Court – the Drug Court of NSW is a special court based at Parramatta which supervises the community based rehabilitation of drug dependent offenders. Once accepted onto the program, clients are provided with relevant counselling, treatment and case management services. All clients must be referred through the court.

Please contact us on (02) 9616 8586 to access this service.


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