What is the Marchman Act?

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The Broward County Courthouse

One of the many hats that I wear at both Inspirations for Youth and Families (IYF) and the Cove Center for Recovery (CCR) is to visit the Broward County Court house on a weekly basis to provide assistance to teens and adults that are given the opportunity to receive court ordered rehab treatment which is officially named the Marchman Act.

Please watch the video below that is a real life story of a client that entered one of our addiction treatment centers through the Marchman Act. The video will explain how the process works and provide a humane perspective on how we are providing a service to not only the client, but the community by stepping in and giving in the case – Chris – a second chance to receive professional help without incarceration.

Remember, the Marchman Act was passed as legislation to solve core drug or alcohol related issues through professional therapy rather than solely punishment as is the case with jail time.

What is the Marchman Act?

If a teen or adult is charged with a non-violent drug or alcohol related crime, there’s a reasonable chance that he or she can avoid prison by agreeing to get addiction treatment instead. Typical crimes that fall under the Marchman Act can be Driving under the Influence (DUI), drug possession, or any number of other drug or alcohol related crimes that can be prosecuted by the court system.

Now is there a risk involved in taking in teens and adults – who faced criminal charges – into our addiction treatment center. The answer is an unequivocal yes. It is possible that they may not complete the program and relapse.

So why do we do this?

IYF and the Cove are not in the business to solely profit from others drug and alcohol abuse problems. If we can help someone whose only other option is to go to jail and we deem that they are not a risk to the others we treat – we believe it is a easy decision.

This is who we are at IYF and the Cove – drug and alcohol addiction treatment facilities. We strive to give back to society and humanity. It is part of our DNA.