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Drug Treatment and Testing Order (DTTO)


Local Authority area:


Primary Courts of relevance:

Kirkcaldy, Dunfermline and Dundee

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Fife Community Justice Partnership

Fife Community Justice Information

Published: 15 November 2022

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Drug Treatment and Testing Order (DTTO)

Interventions suitable for

Anyone aged over 18, resident in Fife

Programme Title and Provider

Drug Treatment and Testing Order (DTTO)

Details of all Specific national or local scheme/intervention(s) available Fife Offers a Drug Treatment and Testing Order sentencing option. The purpose is to deliver an intensive justice social work order that specifically targets the reduction in illicit drug use by the person. The principles are that by reducing the use of illicit drugs there will be a significant reduction in offending behaviour.

The nature of DTTO delivery is multi agency driven and involve the delivery of cognitive behavioural and holistic treatments for addiction. The intensive nature of these Orders has categorised them as high tariff and an alternative to custody.

Possible Outcomes

The Service provides regular updates to the Sheriff Courts on progress of the individuals that are supervised, these are generally set at monthly intervals. In Fife, JSW works closely with Addiction Services who prescribing and titrate patients onto a therapeutic dosage of methadone.

As well as well-established and traditional social work roles around advocacy and support, the team delivers a number of interventions that are particular to drug misusing individuals. These include Overdose Intervention, Smart Recovery, Auricular Acupuncture, Oral Health, Blood Borne Virus Treatment and Healthy Eating classes combined with Adult Basic Education. Additional support/therapies such as Kinetic Shift can be offered too.

Process for Assessment and/or inclusion in scheme/intervention

A four-week period of deferral is normally requested when assessing for suitability to undertake a Drug Treatment and Testing Order. During this stage of assessment, the individual will meet with both a social worker and a social work assistant to consider suitability for what is a highly intensive order combining regular drug treatment and testing as well as other pro social interventions such as SMART Recovery and other activities mentioned in the previous column in order to try and achieve desistance from offending.

There will be appointments offered on at least three occasions in order to determine suitability, one of these appointments will be a home visit and other enquiries will be made with relevant professionals to build up an accurate picture as to the best intervention model that will support the individual and reduce risk of reoffending.