The advantages of this testing methodology is that the results are known immediately, it is cost effective, and it is a useful intervention and confrontation tool. On-site urinalysis is only a screening test. Therefore, if an offender denies a positive test, a second confirmation (laboratory) test must be conducted on the urine sample prior to any court hearing.
The laboratory is certified by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). The laboratory conducts an initial screening test on a urine sample, then retest a positive result using a gas chromatography/mass spectrometry (GC/MS) confirmation test. The laboratory tests a specimen for multiple drugs, and the laboratory urinalysis is more expensive than the on-site test.
The breath alcohol on-site test measures at a .02 percent level within 30 seconds when an offender blows into it. The screening test is a cost effective test with immediate results.
Outpatient treatment provides therapeutic activities for offenders while they maintain residence and employment in the community. The focus of the programs is on treatment and the provision of ancillary services. Outpatient services are provided to offenders on a variety of intensity levels statewide (i.e., education classes, outpatient treatment, intensive outpatient treatment, and day or night treatment).
Residential treatment involves a structured, live-in, non-hospital environment, focusing upon all aspects of substance abuse rehabilitation including ancillary services such as vocation and education programs.
Community Corrections is responsible for the supervision of approximately 147,000 offenders annually. These are individuals that have received community sanctions such as probation, administrative probation, drug offender probation, community control, and pretrial intervention. The following pages provide an overview of the treatment programs available in each of the five regions and twenty (20) judicial circuits.