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Magistrates Early Referral Into Treatment (MERIT)

MERIT gives adult offenders with substance abuse problems a chance to work towards rehabilitation as part of the bail process. MERIT is available in Cooma and Queanbeyan.

How will MERIT help you?

MERIT is: 

  • Voluntary
  • A structured approach to treatment for offenders with drug issues.
  • Opportunities to address drug addiction, while on bail, in a supported, case- managed, harm minimisation framework.

MERIT treatments may include:

• Drug awareness education
• Relapse prevention education
• Detoxification and Rehabilitation facilities
• Other support services such as doctors, mental health, counselling and employment programs

How to connect with MERIT?

Participation in MERIT is voluntary, and anyone who has a pending Magistrates Court matter can ask for an assessment. Referrals can be made by anyone:

• Magistrate
• Self
• Police
• Legal practitioners
• Probation and Parole
• Family/Friend

Last updated: 28 June 2018