Texas Government Code

Sec. § 76.017
Treatment Alternative to Incarceration Program


(a)

A department may establish a treatment alternative to incarceration program in each county served by the department according to standards adopted by the division. A department may enter into an interlocal cooperation agreement with one or more other departments in order to establish this program on a regional basis.

(b)

The program must:

(1)

include automatic screening and evaluation of a person arrested for an offense, other than a Class C misdemeanor, in which an element of the offense is the use or possession of alcohol or the use, possession, or sale of a controlled substance or marihuana;

(2)

include automatic screening and evaluation of a person arrested for an offense, other than a Class C misdemeanor, in which the use of alcohol or drugs is suspected to have significantly contributed to the offense for which the individual has been arrested;

(3)

coordinate the evaluation and referral to treatment services; and

(4)

make referrals for the appropriate treatment of a person determined to be in need of treatment, including referrals to a community corrections facility as defined by Section 509.001 (Definitions).

(c)

A program administered under this section must use a screening and evaluation procedure developed or approved by the division.

(d)

After a person is screened and evaluated, a representative of the department shall meet with the participating criminal justice and treatment agencies to review the person’s case and to determine if the person should be referred for treatment. If a person is considered appropriate for referral, the person may be referred to community-based treatment in accordance with applicable law or any other treatment program deemed appropriate. A magistrate may order a person to participate in a treatment program recommended under this section, including treatment in a drug court program established under Chapter 123 (Drug Court Programs) or former law, as a condition of bond or condition of pretrial release.

(e)

A department may contract for the provision of treatment services. The department may pay for services only if other adequate public or private sources of payment are not available. A person is responsible for the payment of any treatment program recommended under this section if it is determined that a person referred for treatment is able to pay for the costs of treatment or if the person has insurance that will pay for the treatment. If a person is able to pay for treatment or if the person has insurance that will pay for the treatment, the payment may be made a condition for receiving treatment.

(f)

An employee of a department or treatment provider either administering this program or providing services under this section may exchange or otherwise disclose information regarding the assessment, evaluation, or treatment of a person participating in this program to:

(1)

another employee of the department;

(2)

an officer in the court that has jurisdiction over the person’s case;

(3)

a county sheriff or jail administrator;

(4)

an employee of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice; or

(5)

any employee in a facility, institution, or halfway house in which a person may be confined in accordance with a disposition of the criminal charges in the case.
Added by Acts 1997, 75th Leg., ch. 165, Sec. 9.09(a), eff. Sept. 1, 1997; Acts 1997, 75th Leg., ch. 1269, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1997.
Amended by:
Acts 2005, 79th Leg., Ch. 1139 (H.B. 2791), Sec. 1, eff. June 18, 2005.
Acts 2013, 83rd Leg., R.S., Ch. 747 (S.B. 462), Sec. 2.07, eff. September 1, 2013.
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