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Alcohol Diversion Program
Hanover Alcohol Diversion

The Hanover Alcohol Diversion Program was established in 1988 with the goal of providing an education alternative to sending first-time offenders involved in underage drinking through the Court process.

Eligibility:    A person is only eligible for the program if they meet the following criteria:

                1)      The individual is 18 to 20 years old.

                2)      The individual has never been involved in other crimes or underage drinking incidents.

                3)      The individual was offered the opportunity to participate in the program by the arresting officer and                           accepted by the Diversion Program Coordinator.

The Diversion session is a 1 day long class held in a group setting in which participants are given opportunities to share their experiences and to learn more about the risks associated with alcohol use/abuse.  The group works directly with a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor and each participant completes an individual risk assessment.

During the Diversion session, each participant will meet one-on-one with the Counselor at which time they will receive the results of their risk assessment which gauges several risky behaviors including drug abuse, depression, eating disorders, etc. in addition to alcohol use/abuse.  The Counselor may make recommendations based on the risk assessment results but they are not part of any condition in order to complete Diversion.   

The fee for Diversion is currently set at $400.00.

Contact person:
Elizabeth Rathburn, Diversion Program Coordinator
(603) 640-3327