County DAPP - Frequently Asked Questions Franklin
What is DAPP?
DAPP - Drug and Alcohol Probation Partnership Program (also known as D/A RIP - Drug and Alcohol Restrictive Intermediate Punishment). A treatment intensive Restrictive Intermediate Punishment (RIP) Program partially funded by the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency, DAPP specifically targets non-violent drug or alcohol dependant offenders who are eligible for RIP Trade-off in lieu of or in combination with incarceration time recommended by the PA Sentencing Guidelines Basic Sentencing Matrix.
In accordance with 42 P. C.S. § 9763(c). 9804(b) and 37 Pa. Code § 451, DAPP, a Qualified Restrictive Intermediate Punishment program, may be used as a 1:1 trade off (one day RIP = one day Jail) to satisfy all or part of the mandatory minimum sentencing requirements of certain convictions under 75 Pa. C.S. § 3802 (relating to Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol or Controlled Substances).
What is the purpose of DAPP?
The DAPP program was designed to provide the Court with sentencing alternatives that may be appropriately used in lieu of incarceration or along with a short period of incarceration for the offender who may have committed the instant offense due to a dependency on Drugs or Alcohol.
It allows a middle ground between incarceration and traditional probation and parole by providing strict supervision of offenders in the community along with individualized substance abuse and other beneficial programming, all while adding more positive structure to the offender’s life.
The emphasis of the program is to divert eligible offenders who might otherwise be incarcerated in the Franklin County Jail, to an electronic monitoring/house arrest status, that would provide protections to the community and allow the offender access to take advantage of community based treatment. The goal is to re-integrate the offender back into the community as a responsible, productive member.
Who qualifies for DAPP?
Level 3 and Level 4 offenders as defined by the PA Commission on Sentencing. The sentence recommendations at these levels reflect the Commission’s position that the offender generally requires a period of incarceration in a county or state facility. However, individual circumstances may warrant either confinement in a state facility or a sentence of county intermediate punishment or state intermediate punishment.
Level 3- serious offenders and those with numerous prior convictions. Standard range requires incarceration with a lower limit of less than 12 months or County IP. These are offenders who could do time in a state facility, boot camp, State IP, total confinement in County facility, or County IP.
Level 4- serious offenders and those with numerous prior convictions. Standard range requires state incarceration (but permits it to be served in a county facility), or greater than 12 months but less than 30 months. This level excludes offenses with a gravity score of 9 or greater. These are offenders who could do time in a state facility, a boot camp, State IP or County IP.
Additionally, DAPP participants must be evaluated and deemed drug/alcohol dependant by the DAPP Intensive Case Manager.
Who is ineligible for DAPP?
As outlined in Title 42 § 9802, an ineligible offender is one that possesses a current or prior conviction within the past 10 years for any of the following offenses:
Murder, Voluntary Manslaughter, Aggravated Assault, Sexual Assault, Aggravated Indecent Assault, Indecent Assault, Assault by Prisoner, Assault by Life Prisoner, Kidnapping, Arson, Burglary (F1), Robbery, Rape, Statutory Sexual Assault, Involuntary Deviate Sexual Intercourse, Incest, Escape, and/or Theft by Extortion.
What are the funding and resources available?
This program provides for a dedicated Intensive Case Management Specialist (ICM) who coordinates and oversees all aspects of the DAPP participant’s treatment plan. Funding from grant monies, separate from the County's D/A funding, is available to pay for any level of treatment that is deemed appropriate. Available treatment resources include: Physician visits for placement in the Suboxone or Antabuse program, Suboxone and Antabuse prescriptions, Psychiatrist visits, certain psycho tropic medications for treatment of anxiety and depression, Inpatient care, Partial Hospitalization, Halfway House, Intensive Outpatient care, Outpatient care and SCRAM alcohol monitoring.
How are defendants placed on the program?
Referrals to the program can be made by a private defense attorney or through the Public Defender’s Office, in which case, the Judge should order a DAPP assessment at the time of the Plea. The Probation Department could also identify prospective participants when conducting the Pre-Sentence Report and include DAPP participation as part of the Sentence Recommendation.
Once the prospective participant is identified, an assessment of the offender must indicate drug/alcohol dependency. The ICM determines the appropriate level of care, and develops a treatment plan which must be followed as a condition of the sentence.
Ultimately, the defendant must be ordered to participate in DAPP as part of a Restrictive Intermediate Punishment Sentence, which would include any combination of the following: Work Release, House Arrest with Electronic Monitoring or SCRAM, Halfway facility, or Intensive Supervision.
For more information about the DAPP program, please contact:
Shawn Burkhart, Supervisor
|Officer Tammy Shearer|
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