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Eligibility Criteria

  • Be a resident of Cheshire County
  • Arrest occurred in Cheshire County
  • Offense is a non-violent Class A Misdemeanor or Felony
  • Substance Use disorder and/or Mental health disorder that has contributed to the arresting charge
  • Has a desire to follow through with treatment suggestion
  • Stable living environment
  • Reliable transportation if living out the Keene area
  • Must have or be eligible for insurance


All referrals to CCBHCP are made through the Prosecution, Defense Attorney, Court, Mental Health provider or concern other.  The Prosecution, Defense Attorney and Court MUST agree that the individual can be considered for screening.

Program Goals

  • Enhance justice and public safety
  • Reduce recidivism
  • Utilize motivational enhancement techniques and provide treatment opportunities to improve individuals clinical mental health and support recovery from substance use disorders

Program Components

  • Standardized assessment
  • Referral to licensed mental health/substance use treatment provider at the appropriate level of services (outpatient, intensive outpatient, inpatient)
  • Referral to self-help programs (Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous), as appropriate
  • Referral to services such as GED tutoring, employment services/vocational training, parenting classes, affordable housing agencies, as appropriate
  • Random drug screenings
  • Clinical case management and compliance monitoring by Alternative Sentencing Program staff
  • Regular court reviews
  • Aftercare plan

Eligibility Criteria

  • Referral into the program by the criminal court by either:Condition of bail (pretrial), or
    Sentence as a part of a deferred disposition for a misdemeanor-level crime (adjudicated)
  • Individual must have a diagnosis of a substance use disorder or mental health disorder (if needed, individuals may be immediately referred for substance use and/or mental health evaluation
  • Individuals in the following categories may be considered for eligibility on a case-by-case basis:
    • Non-violent felony-level charges
    • Domestic violence related charges