District of New Hampshire - Drug Call-In Program
The use of illegal or controlled substances is an area of concern for individuals on supervision in the District of New Hampshire.Monitoring these offenders for relapse is important for two reasons. First, our responsibility for protection of the public requires the probation office to be able to quickly respond to instances of non-compliance. Secondly, quickly knowing about a relapse incident allows the probation officer, working with the treatment professionals, to make an educated assessment of whether or not the proper treatment protocols are in place or if moving to revocation, for protection of the public, is the best course of action.
The District of New Hampshire has for several years had a Random Drug Call In Program in place. A defendant or offender who is currently on either pretrial or post-conviction supervision and who, through Court order, is required to submit to urinalysis testing is placed within this call in program for a period of normally one year. The defendant or offender is provided with a four-digit number and a toll-free telephone number that he or she must call every day. The district utilizes a computer-based program that upon access by the offender they are instructed to enter their four-digit number via the telephone keypad. If the defendant/offender has been selected for testing they will receive a voice message advising that they must supply a urine sample. It is then incumbent on the individual to report to the drug-testing site that was previously selected for them by their supervising officer to provide the urine sample. Failure to either call the program or follow the testing directions is a violation of the conditions of release and subject the individual to sanctions by the probation officer and/or the Court. Such sanctions can range from increase urine testing, increased treatment protocols up to and including revocation of their supervision and re-incarceration.
- This figures represents the average over the last three fiscal years. Further, it represents the amount spent by the probation office only. Offenders, when ever possible, are required to contribute a co-payment fee for treatment services. This co-payment allows for the District to maximize it's treatment budget and is also considered therapeutically beneficial to the offender.