What is the purpose of the Clinical Evaluation Unit (CEU) at Family Court?

The CEU allows for an on-site, objective, third party report on substance abuse treatment needs of Family Court participants by drug and alcohol professionals (case managers and evaluators). The CEU provides parents and children with evaluations for possible drug and alcohol treatment, recommendations for the appropriate levels of care and case monitoring for the purpose of court reporting on compliance throughout the treatment episode.

What is the referral process for Dependency Courts?

Referral to the drug and alcohol unit is available for any person who has a perceived or substantiated substance abuse problem/concern and is referred by the Judge.

What is the process in which the CEU conducts its assessments?

The DHS Worker or court personnel will escort the participant to the CEU to arrange an evaluation. The DHS Worker will present the CEU with a court order (DRO). The participant must provide a urine specimen prior to his/her evaluation. If the participant is unable to stay for the evaluation that day, then an appointment will be scheduled to return within two weeks.

What is Methadone Maintenance?

Methadone Maintenance is administered in an outpatient methadone maintenance clinic. The methadone prevents participants from experiencing Opiate withdraw, minimizes cravings and allows the participant access to other services such as drug and alcohol treatment, medical services and other services to enhance their lifestyle (employment/education).