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Drug Treatment and Testing Order (DTTO)


Local Authority area:

Aberdeen City

Primary Courts of relevance:

Aberdeen, Banff, Peterhead

All information provided by:

Aberdeen Community Justice Partnership

Aberdeen City Community Justice Information

Published: 23 April 2021

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Drug Treatment and Testing Order (DTTO)

Interventions suitable for

All age groups with the criteria being that the offences were committed in order to fund drug use and that they are dependent.

Programme title and provider

Drug Testing and Treatment Order (DTTO)

Details of all Specific national or local scheme/intervention(s) available

Is available to both Solemn and Summary Courts. A Drug Treatment and Testing Order (DTTO) is a high tariff disposal for individuals with drug problems who might otherwise receive a custodial sentence.
The purpose of a DTTO is to focus on individuals for whom offending is a consequence of substance misuse (for example, acquisitive offending to support dependence), and who are at direct risk of receiving a custodial sentence. It is different from a drug treatment requirement, which is focused on individuals whose offending is not as prolific.

Possible Outcomes

Reduction in drug-related crime and allows people to access support for drug use therefore improving lives of the person and their families and reducing the impact on communities.

Process for Assessment and/or inclusion in scheme/intervention

Suitability for Assessment is carried out at the Criminal Justice Social Work Report stage and then a four week period of deferment in the community to allow a fuller assessment and testing of drug use and suitability for DTTO. Court Reviews are monthly.