Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services
Division of Forensic Services
Pretrial Intervention Program (PTIP)
Alcohol Education Program (AEP) and Drug Education Program (DEP)
 
For information about the court process consult an attorney or contact Court Support Services Division staff at your court www.jud.ct.gov/cssd.
 
Office of Pretrial Interventions
Contact:  Marti Kardol, LPC
Mail:  Russell Hall, CVH, Box 351, Middletown, CT 06457
phone 860-262-5812; fax 860-707-1961, MHA-PTIP@CT.GOV

The Office of Pretrial Interventions operates two programs under CT General Statutes 54-56g and 54-56i, respectively, to serve people referred by the court:
 
I.   Pretrial Alcohol Education Program (PAEP):
This program is available to persons arrested for the first time for operating a motor vehicle, boat, all-terrain vehicle, or snowmobile under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs (often called OUI, DUI, DWI).  It is also an option for those individuals previously arrested for these offenses who used a similar program to avoid a conviction provided that the original offense was over ten years ago without any intervening arrests or  convictions.  Finally, it is available for youths, under the age of 21, arrested for operation of a motor vehicle, boat, all-terrain vehicle, or snowmobile under the influence of alcohol (0.02BAC or higher) or drugs under zero-tolerance.
This is a contracted program overseen by DMHAS that includes a clinical evaluation by a substance abuse professional, which results in a report, with recommendations, to the referring court.  These recommendations can be for one of the following:
  1. Level One Group Interaction:  15 hours (10 sessions of 1.5 hour classes) of evidence-based, intervention programming.
  2. Level Two Group Interaction:  22.5 hours (15 sessions of 1.5 hour classes) of evidence-based, intensive, intervention programming.
  3. Treatment (identified by level of care utilizing the CT Client Placement Criteria):  A minimum of 12 therapy sessions, in lieu of the intervention programming.
• The court will review the report and decide what the participant will be required to do.
• The costs are the responsibility of the participant unless they have been determined indigent by the referring court, in which case, DMHAS funds the treatment.
 
II. Pretrial Drug Education Program (PDEP)
This program is available to persons arrested for possession of drugs or drug paraphernalia. The program may be used twice and, with the court’s permission, a third time.
This is a contracted program overseen by DMHAS that includes a clinical evaluation by a substance abuse professional, which results in a report, with recommendations, to the referring court.  These recommendations can be for one of the following:
  1. Level Two Group Interaction:  22.5 hours (15 sessions of 1.5 hour classes) of evidence-based, intensive, intervention programming.
  2. Treatment (identified by level of care utilizing the CT Client Placement Criteria):  A minimum of 15 therapy sessions, in lieu of the intervention programming.
  • The court will review the report and decide what the participant will be required to do.
  • The costs are the responsibility of the participant unless they have been determined indigent by the referring court, in which case, DMHAS funds the treatment.
Arrests in other states for operating under the influence or possession of drugs or drug paraphernalia.
  • If you are a Connecticut resident who was arrested in another state for the same offenses you may be able to use these programs to satisfy the requirements of the other state.
  • All states have different requirements for these arrests. You are responsible for determining if these programs will be accepted by the other state.
  • If you would like to use the Pretrial Alcohol Education Program or the Pretrial Drug Education Program Level 1 or Level 1 group interaction you can contact the providers below.
  • If you would like to attend a substance use treatment program you can contact your health insurance company for a referral or you can contact a substance use treatment agency. For a list of licensed substance use treatment providers you can contact dial 211 or see www.211ct.org or contact Marti Kardol, LPC, phone 860-262-5812, email MHA-PTIP@CT.GOV
Pretrial Alcohol Education Program and Pretrial Drug Education Program Agencies
Evaluation and Level 1 or Level 1 Group Interaction
Agency and Address Telephone Location of Services
Catholic Charities –IHF
45 Wadsworth St
Hartford, CT 06106
 860-493-1986
 Hartford
Community Health Resources (CHR)
1491 W. Main Street
Willimantic, CT 06226
 860-771-4869 Danielson, Enfield, Manchester and Willimantic
Connecticut Renaissance, Inc.
1126 Main Street
Bridgeport, CT 06604
203-367-7573 x2338 Bridgeport, Norwalk and Stamford
The Connection, Inc. 
Michael Perlin Center
178 State Street
Meriden, CT 06450
 475-238-6220 Meriden, Middletown, Milford and Old Saybrook
Midwestern Connecticut Council on Alcoholism (MCCA)
2 Hospital Avenue
Danbury, CT 06810
 203-743-2852 Derby, Danbury, New Haven, New Milford and Torrington
Southeastern Council On Alcoholism And Drug Dependence (SCADD)
321 Main Street
Norwich, CT 06360
 860-885-2868 Norwich and New London
Wheeler Clinic
75 North Mountain Road
New Britain, CT 06053
 860-929-7733  New Britain and Waterbury