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Drug Treatment and Testing Order (DTTO)

Last updated: 27th June 2024


A DTTO is a disposal which focuses on drug treatment as the primary means of reducing offending behaviour. Orders last between 6 months and 3 years and combine drug treatment and a testing regime with regular court reviews, in addition to supervision.

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Drug Treatment and Testing Orders (DTTO) are delivered in partnership with the Community Addiction Recovery Services (CAReS). Intensive support from social work, CAReS and a dedicated GP are offered to those who receive a DTTO. Regular oral swab testing is undertaken with the individual as part of an agreed treatment plan and appropriate medication provided to aid recovery. Twice weekly contact takes place between the individual and service providers within the team. The DTTO provides individuals with access to substance use support services via dedicated and experienced substance use workers. In addition, there is regular support provided by qualified social workers with regular access to a dedicated general practitioner and the local CAReS nursing team. Individuals will also be able to access psychiatric and psychological inputs via the Community Addiction Recovery Service (CAReS). Regular court reviews are scheduled to monitor the progress of the treatment plan and regular update reports are provided to the court by the social work team. People on a DTTO are encouraged and supported to engage with local recovery services within their community and will be supported to access a range of supports including employability services, health services and a range of pro-social activities.