The Pretrial Services Program is for adults with substance use or mental health treatment needs who are going through the court process and awaiting final case resolution. The service may be ordered by the court or through self-referral.
The Pretrial Services Program offers two tiers of support for individuals charged with a crime in Vermont:
Pretrial Service Coordinators provide voluntary screenings to individuals cited or arrested for certain offenses. The Risk Assessment screening asks about criminal history, and the Needs Assessment screening asks about mental health and substance use. Assessment results are shared with the prosecutor and cannot be used against a defendant to prove guilt. The objective of these screenings is to obtain a preliminary indication of whether a person has a substance use or mental health issue that warrants a clinical assessment.
Upon completion of the assessments, participants are referred to substance use, mental health, and other supportive community-based services as needed. Service coordination happens throughout the court process and awaiting final case resolution.
Newport Community & Social Justice Center
71 Seymour Lane
Newport, VT 05855
Mon - Fri | 8am-4pm
St. Johnsbury Youth Center
17 Eastern Ave
St. Johnsbury, VT 05819