Although the residential treatment phase of the Center’s program will involve a restricted stay of up to two years in a secure residential facility, (clients may not leave the facility grounds unaccompanied by security staff), the treatment regime and circumstances related to diversion are not the same as an involuntary civil psychiatric commitment - nor should the Center’s voluntary diversion process be evaluated based upon that standard.
Engagement in the Greenburger ATI’s continuum of care will be a voluntary decision on the part of the client in consultation with his or her defense attorney, and with the consent of the Court. In cases where sentencing law mandates incarceration, district attorney consent must be obtained before enrollment can be considered. A client’s competency to make this voluntary decision or his or her fitness to proceed will be carefully considered on a case-by-case basis, with input from a variety of sources including Hope House’s clinical director and psychiatrist who will evaluate the client and 2 treatment records, and consultation with the client’s counsel.
A client who is not able to demonstrate a rational and factual understanding of the elements and consequences of the decision and the services offered at Hope House will not be enrolled in the program.