Knox County General Sessions Court has a program which provides state funded alcohol and drug addiction treatment for indigent participants who have been convicted of certain DUI offenses. The program covers a wide range of treatment modalities such as outpatient, halfway house, residential rehabilitation and residential detoxification. The Sessions Court Judge will, upon conviction, determine if the defendant meets the state established criterion and can benefit from up to 20 days of inpatient treatment. The duration of treatment other than inpatient care will be determined by the treatment provider. If the Court determines that treatment is appropriate, the Judge will enter an ORDER directing the defendant to undergo as assessment and receive inpatient treatment as appropriate at the CenterPointe Adult Services Center or any other appropriate treatment provider. The defendant signs a medical records confidential information release form and is given instructions to contact CenterPointe Adult Services or other service providers for the required assessment. The Court Order, Assessment Order and a copy of the warrant are faxed to the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities, Division of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Services. The Bureau of A & D reviews the case paperwork and, if they concur that all criterion has been satisfied, assigns a funding number to pay for the determined level of treatment. The Sessions Court and CenterPointe Adult Services or other appropriate providers are notified by fax that state funded treatment is approved. Upon completion of the inpatient treatment program, any remaining portion of the defendant’s sentence will be served in the county detention facility.
The Court authorizes ADAT treatment as a condition of probation.
Revenue for the Alcohol and Drug Treatment Fund is derived from the sale of vehicles forfeited under the authority of Tenn. Code Ann. 55-10-403(k) and an ADAT treatment fee of $100.00 that is assessed for each conviction for a violation of Tenn. Code Ann. 55-10-401. Authorization to enter the program is base strictly upon the availability of funds.
Questions concerning this program contact
Judicial Clerk /Mediation Director
Phone: (865) 215-2146
Fax: (865) 215-3566