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ADDICTION TREATMENT PROGRAM OF THE COURT OF QUÉBEC (PROGRAMME DE TRAITEMENTDE LA TOXICOMANIE DE LA COUR DU QUÉBEC, OR PTTCQ)residence, state of health (medicati<strong>on</strong> and medical supervisi<strong>on</strong>), medical history(physical and mental health), suicide attempts (dates and circumstances) or not,and specialized treatment (current and past).3. PERSONAL AND SUBSTANCE USE HISTORYThis secti<strong>on</strong> must describe the key events in the offender’s pers<strong>on</strong>al history. It isdesigned to summarize the psycho-social elements that are relevant tounderstanding the offender’s substance <strong>use</strong> profile. It is important to c<strong>on</strong>centrate<strong>on</strong> elements c<strong>on</strong>nected with the offender’s addicti<strong>on</strong> that influence his or her pastor present substance <strong>use</strong>.The analysis of the elements of this secti<strong>on</strong> is essential and must describe theoffender’s substance <strong>use</strong> profile and establish links between the psycho-socialelements and the <strong>use</strong> of drugs or alcohol.The substance <strong>use</strong> history must c<strong>on</strong>tain the following elements: age andcircumstances when substance <strong>use</strong> began, psychoactive substances <strong>use</strong>d,habitual <strong>use</strong>, circumstances of <strong>use</strong>, reas<strong>on</strong>s <strong>for</strong> <strong>use</strong>, supply, history of previoustreatment, previous therapy (nature, number, place), periods of abstinence,important or significant events.The IGT, or any other assessment tool provided <strong>by</strong> the CDC-IUD <strong>use</strong>d to assessa pers<strong>on</strong> applying <strong>for</strong> the program, c<strong>on</strong>tains data <strong>on</strong> offender’s pers<strong>on</strong>al andsubstance <strong>use</strong> history that can be included in this secti<strong>on</strong> of the report.4. RESULTS OF TREATMENT / RESIDENTAL PROGRAMThis secti<strong>on</strong> must detail the offender’s progress in the therapeutic program andhighlight significant changes observed since the start of treatment. It must focus<strong>on</strong> the offender’s progress through the program stages and the offender’sspecific situati<strong>on</strong>. Using examples, the offender’s participati<strong>on</strong> in the therapygroups must be illustrated, al<strong>on</strong>g with the offender’s behaviour at the resourceand degree of involvement in his or her interventi<strong>on</strong> plan.The report <strong>for</strong>m must have a space <strong>for</strong> each stage. For example, the c<strong>on</strong>tent <strong>for</strong>Stage 1 must be placed in space 5.1, the c<strong>on</strong>tent <strong>for</strong> Stage 2 in space 5.2, andso <strong>on</strong>. This allows the <strong>court</strong> to assess the offender’s progress through each stageand to refer to the in<strong>for</strong>mati<strong>on</strong> provided previously.In short, the following elements c<strong>on</strong>cerning the offender’s situati<strong>on</strong> must benoted: treatment stage, objectives of the stage, interventi<strong>on</strong> plan, priority needs,therapeutic activities, participati<strong>on</strong> in the program (nature and quality ofparticipati<strong>on</strong>), difficulties and improvements observed, learning acquired, sharing5.

ADDICTION TREATMENT PROGRAM OF THE COURT OF QUÉBEC (PROGRAMME DE TRAITEMENTDE LA TOXICOMANIE DE LA COUR DU QUÉBEC, OR PTTCQ)activities, interacti<strong>on</strong>s and individual experiences, persistent problems,therapeutic progress, assessment of progress, validated tests administered,resp<strong>on</strong>sibilizati<strong>on</strong>, compliance with rules, breaches of discipline (reprimands,event involved and c<strong>on</strong>sequences, possibility of expulsi<strong>on</strong>), expulsi<strong>on</strong> (reas<strong>on</strong>s),leaves of absence (destinati<strong>on</strong>, durati<strong>on</strong>, reas<strong>on</strong>s, activities), therapeuticc<strong>on</strong>tract, relapses (c<strong>on</strong>text, substance, self-disclosed or not, offender’s posteventreacti<strong>on</strong>), and occupati<strong>on</strong>al or related activities.5. COMPLEMENTARY INFORMATIONThis secti<strong>on</strong> must c<strong>on</strong>tain in<strong>for</strong>mati<strong>on</strong> c<strong>on</strong>cerning addicti<strong>on</strong> detecti<strong>on</strong> tests, asfollows: date of test, result, reacti<strong>on</strong> of the pers<strong>on</strong> undergoing the test, measurestaken <strong>by</strong> the resource.The secti<strong>on</strong> is also intended to provide the <strong>court</strong> with relevant in<strong>for</strong>mati<strong>on</strong> <strong>for</strong> thecompensatory work program or community service orders that apply to theoffender, if any, as follows: the number of hours to accomplish, nature, locati<strong>on</strong>,durati<strong>on</strong> and program or work, name of supervisor.6. CONCLUSION AND RECOMMENDATIONThe c<strong>on</strong>tents of this secti<strong>on</strong> vary, depending <strong>on</strong> the stage of therapy c<strong>on</strong>cerned.The c<strong>on</strong>tent <strong>for</strong> Stage 1 must be entered in space 7.1, the c<strong>on</strong>tent <strong>for</strong> Stage 2 inspace 7.2 and so <strong>on</strong>. This allows the <strong>court</strong> to assess the offender’s progressthrough each stage and to refer to the in<strong>for</strong>mati<strong>on</strong> provided previously.6.1: Progress report / applicati<strong>on</strong> <strong>for</strong> ”revisi<strong>on</strong> of terms”This report must be filed approximately 8 weeks after therapy begins.This sub-secti<strong>on</strong> of the report must set out the reas<strong>on</strong>s in support of anapplicati<strong>on</strong> to change <strong>on</strong>e or more of the offender’s c<strong>on</strong>diti<strong>on</strong>s, such as remain atthe resource 24/7. The report allows the <strong>court</strong> to make an enlightened decisi<strong>on</strong>,based <strong>on</strong> clinical objectives <strong>for</strong> gradual social reintegrati<strong>on</strong>.6.2: Progress report / recommendati<strong>on</strong>The report must be filed approximately 8 weeks after the ”revisi<strong>on</strong> of terms”.This subsecti<strong>on</strong> must be fact-based and describe in detail the elements that canbe <strong>use</strong>d <strong>by</strong> the <strong>court</strong> to broaden the clinical objectives <strong>for</strong> social reintegrati<strong>on</strong>.6.3 : Final report and release plan6.

ADDICTION TREATMENT PROGRAM OF THE COURT OF QUÉBEC (PROGRAMME DE TRAITEMENTDE LA TOXICOMANIE DE LA COUR DU QUÉBEC, OR PTTCQ)This report must be filed approximately 8 weeks after the last progress report.The objective is to end residential treatment and to <str<strong>on</strong>g>guide</str<strong>on</strong>g> the offender towardsexternal treatment.This subsecti<strong>on</strong> must highlight the adaptati<strong>on</strong> factors that will promote successfulsocial reintegrati<strong>on</strong>. It must review relevance and feasibility based <strong>on</strong> theoffender’s ability and the existing c<strong>on</strong>text. It must list realistic objectives,achievable over the short and medium term. It must also state whether or not theoffender has a social network that will support social reintegrati<strong>on</strong>.In short, the final report must c<strong>on</strong>tain elements that describe the offender’ssituati<strong>on</strong> at a precise time: mobilizati<strong>on</strong> (ef<strong>for</strong>t, attitude, motivati<strong>on</strong>), socialnetwork (involved or not), c<strong>on</strong>cerned individuals (c<strong>on</strong>necti<strong>on</strong>, reliability), riskfactors, lifestyle habits requiring change, tools to prevent a relapse, ways tomaintain acquired learning and reduce the risk of relapse, analysis of ”revisi<strong>on</strong> ofterms”.The release plan must be drawn up <strong>by</strong> the offender and appended to the finalreport. It must set out a c<strong>on</strong>crete plan <strong>for</strong> social reintegrati<strong>on</strong>: objectives,c<strong>on</strong>crete steps, acti<strong>on</strong>s undertaken prior to release and to be c<strong>on</strong>tinued in thecommunity, educati<strong>on</strong>, employment, volunteer work (steps completed or to becompleted), leisure activities, residential address (whether or not there is achange of address).7.

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