Diversion Counseling Program

ATTENTION!

Diversion is still open and operating remotely. We have switched to virtual meetings due to COVID-19.

Please note that while our calendars are location specific, we are currently scheduling for ALL intakes to take place online via Zoom through the end of 2020.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your diversion counselor or case manager (if one has been assigned to you).  If you have not yet been assigned to a counselor and have questions about your intake appointment or need assistance setting up an intake appointment, please email diversion@da18.state.co.us

Program Description

The diversion programs for adults and juveniles in the 18th Judicial District Attorney’s Office offer an alternative to the criminal justice system to some offenders. Instead of the court system, the diversion counseling programs use therapeutic interventions to promote accountability and address the underlying factors contributing to criminal and delinquent behaviors. Each person accepted into the program goes through a screening and assessment process to help guide the creation of an individualized treatment plan. Participants can make amends for their actions, gain insights into themselves and identify opportunities for self-improvement without the full weight of the justice system. In addition to helping participants, diversion helps victims and communities through programs that reduce future harm.

Interested in volunteer opportunities in the restorative justice program? CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION

Payment Options

**Please do not make payment prior to your intake appointment**

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The Diversion Team

Diversion staff are masters-level therapists trained and licensed in such areas as professional counseling, social work, couples and family therapy, experiential therapy, art therapy, animal-assisted therapy, addictions counseling, offense-specific treatment, and EMDR.

Diversion supports student interns from therapy-oriented master’s programs at several area universities. If you are interested in joining us as an intern please contact us at diversion@da18.state.co.us.

Schedule Intake Appointment

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History of Diversion Program

Responding to an increase in juvenile delinquency in 1974, District Attorney Robert R. Gallagher, Jr. convened the Juvenile Justice Task Force to study how to reduce juvenile involvement with the criminal justice system and how to make the system more responsive to individual needs. The 18th Juvenile Diversion Program was conceived by this task force and began operation in October 1975.

Since that time, the diversion program has evolved, offering effective alternatives to prosecution for both juveniles and adults focused on accountability, addressing the underlying contributors to criminal and delinquent behaviors, and increasing well-being. With offices in Centennial, Littleton and Castle Rock, the program offers services such as restorative justice, individual counseling, family counseling, group counseling, substance use treatment, experiential therapy, community service and restitution.

Diversion Online Forms

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COVID-19 Health Screen

Please click on the link below to access the DA Office Visitor Self-Certification Form. The Diversion Staff Member that you are meeting with will need this form filled out THE DAY OF your in-person meeting.

https://ea.da18.org/SelfCheck/VisitorSelfCheck.aspx

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What is Diversion?

The Diversion Counseling Program is administered by the District Attorney of the 18th Judicial District, serving Arapahoe, Douglas, Elbert and Lincoln counties. The program provides an alternative to prosecution in court for select juvenile and adult offenders. The Diversion Counseling Program uses therapeutic interventions and restorative justice practices to address individual, family and community needs. Our primary goals are to provide accountability, identify and intervene to address contributing risk factors for offending behavior, and to increase the well-being of all participants.

How do I know if I am eligible for Diversion?

18th JD DA’s Diversion Program Eligibility Criteria – Juveniles, Adults & Adult Recovery Program

Juvenile Diversion Counseling Program

  • All charges and charge levels are eligible except those involving weapons, guns and incendiary devices, threats of violence to schools or individuals at schools, where youth are known to be gang-involved, or known to be under investigation for additional charges. Juveniles whose current charges include guns, weapons or incendiary devices, threats to schools or violence at school, or who are known to be gang-involved, or are known to be under investigation for additional charges are NOT eligible.
  • Juveniles must score as low or moderate risk on the criminogenic risk screening tool (ARNA).
  • Juveniles must meet prior criminal history requirements:
    • No other pending cases
    • Not currently under any supervision
    • No felony convictions in the last 3 years
    • No or limited misdemeanor, traffic or municipal convictions in the last 2 years
  • Victim input and the level of impact to the community weigh in favor of Diversion.
  • Diversion programming is able to mitigate criminogenic risks and support needs.
  • The Juvenile is accountable for the underlying problematic criminal behaviors without minimizations or victim-blaming.
  • The Juvenile can and will comply with Diversion Program requirements (attendance, no new offenses, Restorative Justice Practices, restitution payments, treatment goals, etc.).
  • The DA’s office will continue to make case-by-case decisions and exercise its legal discretion to make exceptions to the eligibility criteria as appropriate.

Adult Diversion Counseling Program

  • Defendants charged with a sex offense, an act of domestic violence, a crime of violence, or a DUI are NOT eligible.
  • Defendants must score as low or moderate risk on the criminogenic risk screening tool.
  • Defendants must meet prior criminal history requirements:
    • No felony convictions in the last 5 years
    • No or limited misdemeanor and traffic convictions in the last 2 years
    • No other pending felony cases
    • No other or limited pending misdemeanor and traffic cases
    • Not currently under any supervision
  • Victim input and the impact to the community weigh in favor of Diversion.
  • Diversion programming is able to mitigate criminogenic risks and support needs.
  • The Defendant is accountable for the underlying problematic criminal behaviors without minimizations or victim-blaming.
  • The Defendant can and will comply with Diversion Program requirements (attendance, no new offenses, Restorative Justice Practices, restitution payments, treatment goals, etc.).
  • The DA’s office will continue to make case-by-case decisions and exercise its legal discretion to make exceptions to the eligibility criteria as appropriate.

  Adult Recovery Diversion Program

  • Defendants charged with possession of an illegal substance or drug paraphernalia only, or where possession of an illegal drug is the top count and who meet the following prior criminal history requirements:
    • No felony convictions in the last 5 years
    • No or limited misdemeanor and traffic convictions in the last 2 years
    • No other pending felony cases
    • No other or limited pending misdemeanor and traffic cases
    • Not currently under any supervision
  • Defendants must schedule their screening and begin any recommended treatment in a timely manner or the offer of diversion will be revoked.
  • Defendants who fail to appear at scheduled court hearing may have the offer of diversion revoked.

What is Restorative Justice?

The Diversion Counseling Program applies a restorative justice model to resolving cases. Restorative justice requires participants to take accountability, understand their impact on others and the community, develop empathy, cultivate insight, and, finally, to make amends. The participant’s engagement in these steps is essential to successful completion of Diversion. We believe that participant’s ownership of the restorative justice process creates more impactful outcomes than a process of imposed consequences. As such, all participants in Diversion must participate in a restorative justice process as part of meeting their program requirements.

How do you know your Juvenile Diversion model works?

Annual program evaluations by Colorado’s Division of Criminal Justice have found that our Juvenile Diversion program positively impact youth in all domains measured.  The recidivism rate measured 1 year after successfully completing our Diversion program is less than 9%. Multi-year program evaluations have found equally effective outcomes for all youth regardless of gender, age or race. Our program recognizes that one-size fits nobody and that individualized plans tailored to individual’s needs is what makes our program successful.

What is the cost to participate in Diversion?

There is a one-time non-refundable administrative fee that must be paid in order to participate in Diversion:

$150 for juvenile cases

$500 for juvenile sex offense cases + the cost of treatment

$300 for adult cases

Payment plans, waivers and limited financial support for external treatment providers for juveniles is also available.

What kinds of things might I be doing while in Diversion?

You and your assigned counselor will create a treatment plan designed to address your risks and needs.  Your treatment plan may include individual, family or group therapy, restorative justice practices and our experiential program that includes art therapy and wilderness therapy for juveniles.  All participants in Diversion must also agree to and abide by the Diversion contract’s standard terms and conditions.

How long will Diversion take?

The answer to this question varies depending on the individual treatment plan of each participant.  How quickly the goals of the plan are achieved is primarily driven by the participants themselves. The average length of participation in Diversion is between 5 and 8 months. In other words, you may be done after 3 appointments, or you may need to continue working with Diversion for a year, but probably somewhere in the middle.

What happens when I am done with Diversion?

Once you have completed the requirements of Diversion you will be given a letter of completion. If your case was filed into court, a motion to dismiss will also be filed. If you are a juvenile, your case will be eligible for expungement.  You can access information on the expungement process here.  If you are an adult you should consult with a lawyer for information about the sealing process and your eligibility.

Will I be drug tested while in Diversion?

Yes. One of the mandatory conditions of Diversion is that you agree not to use any illegal drugs or alcohol, including marijuana, which is an illegal drug for minors in the State of Colorado. All participants complete an initial drug test to help determine whether substance abuse treatment will be included in your individualized plan. You will be required to pay for your own drug tests. You may request financial support for drug tests in some circumstances. Medical marijuana use is prohibited while in Diversion without the express written permission of the elected District Attorney or the Assistant District Attorney.

I have more questions...

You can read through the Diversion program contracts here to learn more. You will be given the opportunity to ask questions during an intake appointment as well. Feel free to contact us directly via email at diversion@da18.state.co.us or by phone at 720-874-8680 if we can help in any other way.

CONTACT US

Main: 720-874-8680

Victim Advocate: 720-874-8706

Email: diversion@da18.state.co.us

LOCATIONS

CASTLE ROCK: Robert A Christensen Justice Center

4000 Justice Way, Suite 2525A, Castle Rock, CO 80109

CENTENNIAL: Family Resource Pavilion

9700 East Easter Lane, Suite A, Centennial, CO 80112

LITTLETON: Arapahoe Plaza

1690 W. Littleton Blvd., Suite 120, Littleton, CO 80120