Adult Justice/Court Mandated Programs
What is this service?
The Drug and Alcohol team provides a full array of forensic treatment options for 18+ year olds who are experiencing substance use issues and have had involvement with the legal justice system. Individuals will be assessed for level of care and to create an individualized treatment plan. Criminal justice modalities include:
- Deferred Entry of Judgment (DEJ)
- Family Treatment Court (FTC)
- Adult Drug Court (ADC)
- Post/Pre Release Treatment Services (PRTS—AB-109).
FTC is a therapeutic court, specifically designed for parents whose substance abuse contributes to child abuse and/or neglect resulting in involvement with juvenile court dependency proceedings under Welfare and Institutions Code sec. 300, etc. FTC is comprised of a Juvenile court judge, program coordinators from Drug and Alcohol Services and Department of Child Welfare Services, social workers, treatment specialists, CASA, and workers. The team is dedicated to parent/family progress through a 12-month, 4-phase treatment court. This court provides accountability, structure, incentives, and sanctions. FTC is a collaborative approach in promoting reunification of children with healthy parents living a clean and sober lifestyle.
Please read the following information so you know how to continue to receive services during the temporary COVID-19 public health emergency. Some Behavioral Health programs may require additional forms to be completed. Please reach out to your treatment team with questions and concerns.
Telehealth over Zoom for Health
To avoid a delay in completing your treatment program, County of San Luis Obispo Behavioral Health will begin offering Remote Client Services. Remote Client Services will enable you to continue program with a certified counselor via a virtual meeting platform called Zoom.
In order to help you participate in Zoom Remote Client Services, we have created user-friendly instructions and tutorials found here. Your treatment team will be in contact with you over email with a web link so you may join your sessions virtually through a computer, tablet, or phone.
Who can use this service?
Anyone can use this service who has a substance use disorder and criminal justice involvement that is in need of assistance. Program participants must have a substance use disorder and not be under the current physician care or with a pain management clinic. Program participants must be 18 years or older.
For FTC, the Drug and Alcohol participant must have a juvenile court dependency case.
Is there a charge for this service?
This service is provided free of charge for Medi-Cal beneficiaries and on a reasonable sliding fee scale.
Income levels and household size are assessed and fees are determined upon a percentage.
Medi-Cal beneficiaries' fees are covered by Medi-Cal.
When and where is this service offered?
This service is available throughout the year during regular business hours except during scheduled holidays.
DEJ, P-36, and FTC are available in the four (4) Drug and Alcohol Services locations in Paso Robles, Atascadero, San Luis Obispo/Johnson Ave, and Grover Beach. ADC is only available in the San Luis Obispo clinic and PRTS is available in the Paso Robles, San Luis Obispo, and Grover Beach clinics.
FTC is held every Monday from 12:00 p.m - 3:00 p.m. If interested, referral must be made through Drug and Alcohol counselor and/or Social Worker.
Location, directions and hours of operation
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San Luis Obispo Drug & Alcohol Services
2180 Johnson Avenue San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
Grover Beach Drug & Alcohol & Probation
1523 Longbranch Avenue Grover Beach, CA 93433
Atascadero Drug & Alcohol Services
3556 El Camino Real Atascadero, CA 93422
Paso Robles Drug & Alcohol Services
1763 Ramada Drive Paso Robles, CA 93446
Frequently Asked Questions
Do I have to do this program?
All individuals have the option to participate in services, although if services are declined, it could have an effect on your court case and/or probation.
Do you have to have a CWS case to participate in FTC?
Yes, this treatment court was designed as a collaboration between Child Welfare Services and Drug and Alcohol Services.
How long does the FTC program last?
FTC was designed as a four-phase program, averaging three (3) months in each phase. However, it is truly determined by the participant and their progress.
If I take one of these programs will I be released from custody?
The court/sentencing aspect could be affected, although you should discuss this with your attorney for determination. Drug and Alcohol will perform an assessment and determine proper placement.
My family member is in custody, how can they get into a program?
Ask your attorney for a substance use disorder assessment in court/jail by one of the Drug and Alcohol Services staff members. This assessment will determine proper level of care and proper placement for substance use disordered treatment.
What are the benefits from participating in FTC?
The following are benefits of participating in FTC:
- Statistically, parents have an increase in visitation earlier than if not participating in court.
- Provided support by judge and staff
- Incentives program includes gift cards, candy bars, prize bin, etc.
- Your social worker gets weekly updates on your progress.
Where is FTC court located?
The FTC is located at the Veteran's Hall, San Luis Obispo.
Please contact our access line at 1 (800) 838-1381 for information or to schedule an appointment. All services are available in Spanish.