Patients come to Sovereign Health because they want to change their lives. Our treatment programs afford them this opportunity. But legal problems stemming from a substance abuse problem can interfere with treatment. Court Services removes the interference and allows patients in California to focus solely on recovery.
As legal advocates, Sovereign Health’s Court Services helps patients enter treatment in lieu of receiving prison sentences for offenses related to addiction. Our behavioral health centers provide treatment for substance abuse, mental health conditions and dual diagnosis (co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders). Each patient receives a custom treatment plan based on the patient’s medical history and information collected during the intake assessment.
Treatment, Not Incarceration
The Supreme Court ordered California to reduce overcrowding in its prisons. As a result, the state has changed how some drug offenses are prosecuted. California courts are more open to granting people with drug offenses the ability to enter treatment rather than sending them to serve prison sentences.
Court Services acts as the patient’s legal advocate, working with the patient’s defense attorney as well as the judge and district attorney to procure treatment in lieu of incarceration. We craft an individualized treatment plan to address each patient’s specific needs and present it to the court. In accordance with this plan, Court Services provides the court with progress markers the patient is expected to reach during the course of his or her treatment.
In addition to these progress reports, Court Services provides the following:
- Clinical assessments of a patient’s progress. These contain more clinical information than do progress reports
- Letters of recommendation to the court
- Referrals to criminal defense firms, many of which offer free consultations
- Transportation to and from court
- Service as court liaison for all court appointments and hearings
- Ensuring all court-mandated drug tests are performed on schedule