Before clients are admitted to the TDTC program they are subject to an intensive screening process.
The process has 6 phases:
1. Crown screening
Public safety is the primary focus of Crown screening. Care is taken to ensure that violent offenders and large-scale drug traffickers are not admitted. Screening is based on:
- Client Application
- Application Questionnaire
- Any additional information an applicant chooses to submit
- Prosecution brief
- Criminal history
- Police input
2. Preliminary addictions assessment
This brief assessment is conducted by a TDTC Court Liaison and takes place in the cells at Old City Hall or TDTC courtroom.
3. TDTC team pre-court discussion
Pre-court discussions take place before the TDTC sits and includes input from various stakeholders:
- Court Liaison workers
- Duty Counsel/Defence Counsel
- TDTC Judge
4. In-court interview by the TDTC judge
A frank discussion with the TDTC judge gives applicants a solid understanding of the program.
- Rigorous schedule
- Rights that must be waived in order to participate
- Motivation for entering the program
If the judge is satisfied that the applicant is willingly applying, understands his/her rights and meets the eligibility criteria, the applicant pleads guilty to their offence and is released on a TDTC bail. (This includes a 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. curfew.)
5. In-depth addiction assessment at CAMH
Shortly following release, applicants undergo a lengthy addictions assessment at CAMH.
6. 30-day assessment period
Once CAMH is satisfied that the applicant qualifies for the program, the applicant begins treatment and participating in the program on a provisional basis for 30 days. Within that period if the participant decides not to continue, or if the TDTC determines the program is not appropriate for the participant, the applicant may choose to return to the criminal justice system, strike their guilty plea and face their charges through the regular court system.
After the 30 days, if the applicant is formally accepted into the program, the option to have their guilty plea struck is relinquished.