Court Referral Officers enable the enforcement of the Alabama Mandatory Treatment Act of 1990. This act orders all drug and alcohol offenders into the Court Referral Program to receive education, treatment, monitoring, and drug testing, depending on the severity of the individual situation. Operating under the jurisdiction of the Alabama Administrative Office of the Courts, the court referral officer provides a thorough evaluation and makes individualized recommendations to the Municipal Court Judge for each offender. This information ensures court placement of each defendant into the most appropriate intervention to supplement traditional judicial decisions. The City of Montevallo Court Referral Officer works specifically with the Montevallo Municipal Court, although transfers to/from other jurisdictions may be accepted. Each offender is referred to appropriate interventions, monitored monthly to ensure compliance, drug tested randomly, and the court is informed of any violations and/or completions.
Shelby County Community Corrections
Court Referral Program
108 W College Street
Frank Ellis Building
Columbiana, AL 35051
Mandatory drug testing at own expense for persons convicted of alcohol or drug-related offenses and placed on probation or parole; treatment for persons who fail the test; indigents not required to pay.
Any person who is convicted of an alcohol or drug-related offense and who is placed on probation or parole shall be required to participate in an alcohol or drug testing program at his own expense, unless he is determined to be indigent. Any such person who fails the alcohol or drug test shall be required to:
- Provide information needed to conduct a treatment assessment;
- Complete the recommended treatment; and
- Pay for the assessment, treatment and alcohol or drug testing unless the court finds he is indigent.
Any person who fails to complete treatment and pay for it shall be charged with violation of probation or parole; provided, however, that indigents shall not be required to pay for treatment or monitoring provided by court referral officers.
(Acts 1990, No. 90-390, p. 537, §7.)