The Supervised Treatment Intervention Regime (STIR) is a program to assist people with drug use problems who are attending court for moderate-level crimes.
Participants who plead guilty to an offence, and who would normally receive a fine or community based order, are suitable for the program.
Anybody who has reason to address the court about the offender's case can request the offender be referred to STIR. However, referral to the program is at the magistrate's discretion.
If referred to the program, the participant's case will be remanded for approximately three months to allow the offender to access treatment for their drug use.
In the Perth metropolitan area, participation in the program is coordinated by a Court and Assessment Treatment (CATS) Officer. In regional areas, a Community Corrections Officer will coordinate the offender's participation.
Throughout treatment, participants are required to attend treatment with a drug and alcohol counsellor, undergo drug testing through urinalysis and attend court at regular intervals.
Following treatment, the offender will return to court for sentencing.
Contact the Alcohol and Drug Support Line or speak to the Drug Diversion Officer at your local magistrate's court for more information.