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Youth that misuse substances may be accountable for school and legal consequences.

Some of the consequences impacting Reading, MA include:

  • School Chemical Health Violations- These are infractions that occur at the school level and are governed by School Policy.  Consequences and educational requirements must be met.
  • Summons or Arrest: These involve violations of state or federal law documented by police.  In Reading, juveniles that commit a first offense may be eligible for Reading's Pre-Trial Diversion Program.  An arrest will progress through the regular court process. Either a summons or arrest will be relayed to the appropriate school administrator and school consequences may also be applied (this sharing of information is governed my a Memorandum of Understanding between Reading Police, Reading Public Schools and Middlesex DA's Office.
  • Marijuana by-law citations (local and/or state): For youth, these violations include a fine, class and community service. For young adults over 18, the citation requires a fee to be paid. If a Reading student receives a by-law citation, they may also be held accountable for a School Chemical Health Violation.
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The Chemical Health Education Program (CHEP) provided by RCASA and the Reading Public Schools meets requirements for the Reading Police Diversion 2-hr class and the school violations class for Reading Memorial High School students. We accept referrals on case by case basis from surrounding public/private schools and the Middlesex DA's Office. The class is appropriate for ages 14-18 years old.

The program contains three elements:

  1. Group Education 2-hr Class
  2. Mandatory debriefing with staff 1-2 weeks after class
  3. Family Follow-up with a phone call to parent and mailing a resource packet to the family. 

The RCASA Certified Alcohol & Drug Counselor and Reading Memorial High School Health Educator co-teach the class, conduct debriefings and family follow-up.

The Group Education class is offered at Reading Memorial High School or the Reading Police Department. The class is conducted on a monthly basis, focusing on substance abuse education, risk behavior, individual responsibility and accountability.

Our class lesson plan uses two major curricula sources

Class participants complete and turn in a Pretest, Statement of Accountability, and Post-test.  Results of the pre/post-tests reveal interesting findings.  At pre-test, participants were more likely to blame others for their infraction and their substance use compared to post-test.  Their post-test responses reveal a significant increase in substance abuse knowledge and personal accountability.  

For more information, please contact jdeangelis@ci.reading.ma.us

 

Class Schedule

RCASA/RMHS schedules the Chemical Health Education class on a monthly basis.  To attend the class, you must be referred to the program for a School Violation or Court Diversion.  

The course is usually 2:30-4:30 pm in the 2nd floor of the fieldhouse (Ms. Callahan's Room, 513)

Upcoming Chemical Health Education Classes (schedule subject to change)

  • 10/24/16
  • 11/21/16
  • 12/12/16- cancelled
  • 1/30/17
  • 2/13/17
  • 3/20/17
  • 4/10/17
  • 5/22/17
  • 6/12/14

For more info, contact jdeangelis@ci.reading.ma.us

 

Local Diversion Program

The Reading Police/RCASA Pre-trial Probation Diversion Program was was born out of need and requests for service in 2012.  The Police Prosecutor and School Superintendent asked RCASA to develop services that could be ordered in a diversion contract and/or meet the needs of School Chemical Health policy violations. If the youth successfully completes their diversion contract, the case is dissolved and charges are not filed so a permanent court record is not created.

Diversion Conditions Coordinated by RCASA (ages 13-20) include:

  • RCASA Youth  Group Education (2-hr class, ages 13-18) or referral Brain Injury Association of MA “Brains at Risk” Program (18+)
  • RCASA Parents/Guardians Group Education (1-hr class) or referral to Parent Classes/Support Groups i.e. Learn to Cope, Families Anonymous
  • RCASA Case Management (number of hours as indicated on diversion contract; provides fast-track referrals to outside clinical services, and ensure that services take place)
  • RCASA Community Service oversight (shares list of approved sites, reviews documentation, and provide encouragement for youth to meet required number of hours)
  • Coordination with family (RCASA encourages parents to get support, supports youth to be accountable and responsible for their diversion contract)
  • Obey home and school rules (RCASA coordinates with school, School Resource Officer and family as needed)
  • Attend recommended number of 12-Step and/or Smart Recovery meetings (RCASA recommends young adult meetings and provides options)
  • 1-3 page essay on assigned topics (RCASA works with youth that have learning challenges to breakdown their assignment so they can start and complete their essay)
  • Stay alcohol/drug free and no police interaction (RCASA resources offered to support the youth)

Each Pre-trial Probation Diversion Contract’s duration is individualized and based on the crime and age of youth.  The contracts range from three months to one year. The contract is a triplicate form developed by Reading Police with copies provided to the family, the Clerk Magistrate and Police Prosecutor/RCASA.   Parents, Youth and Police Prosecutor each sign the contract. 

The Diversion Case Manager is currently a staff member with the Reading Coalition Against Substance.  Julianne DeAngelis works at the Reading Police Department and is a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor.  She teaches monthly Chemical Health Education Classes for school and court-referred youth and assists with Reading Police Prosecutor with diversion contracts. She has a short list of clinicians that will accept diversion referrals and prioritize their cases.  Typically, she reaches out to a youth or young adults after their contract is issued to review their terms, provide information on upcoming classes, schedule appointments for meetings (if ordered), and answers questions that may arise during the course of the contract.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who represents the Reading Police Department?

  • Lt. Richard Abate, Criminal Division Commander
  • Detective Mike Fitzgerald, Police Prosecutor
  • Mike Muolo, School Resource Officer 

What do the officers do?

Legal: All Reading Police Officers are required to abide by Chief’s Policy, MGL, CSA Act and Court Protocol.  Patrol officers often identify the initial violation such as minor in possession of alcohol. Cases logged and sent to Detectives. If a summons is warranted, it will be issued and the juvenile will be required to appear in court. If the juvenile qualifies for the diversion program, they will meet with the Clerk Magistrate and Police Prosecutor (parents and legal representation present).
 
School: The School Resource Officer brings violation to Reading Memorial High School Administrators per Reading Police Memorandum of Understanding with the Reading Public Schools and Middlesex District Attorney's Office.
 
View our recent diversion program presentation at the Middlesex District Attorney's Eastern Opioid Task Force at Reading_highlights_for_DA_presentation.12.15.pdf

Community Service

Requirements for Reading Pre-Trial Diversion or Marijuana Bylaw Violations

 

1. How do I meet my requirements if the court told me I have to do 12 hours of community service?

  • Complete the actual # of hours of service at sites from the Reading Police/RCASA Approved List

Next you need to turn in your documentation by the required date to:

Det. Fitzgerald/Julianne DeAngelis, RCASA
Reading Police Department, 2nd floor

15 Union St. Reading, MA 01867


2. What if I got a marijuana ticket (bylaw violation) and need to do service hours?
  • The state requirements for marijuana violations of $100 include:
    • Complete TEN hours of service and Documentation Form
    • Pay your $100 ticket at the Town Clerk's Office in Reading
    • Attend the state required marijuana education class

Next you need to turn in your documentation by the required date to:

Julianne DeAngelis, RCASA
Reading Police Department, 2nd floor

15 Union St. Reading, MA 01867

Marijuana Violations

 

MA Bylaw Citation for Marijuana Possession (1 oz. or less)-

  • Adult: The fee is $100 per violation and is payable to the Town of Reading, Town Clerk, 16 Lowell St., Reading, MA 01867.
  • Youth, under 18 requirements:
  1. FEE: The fee is $100 per violation and is payable to the Town of Reading, Town Clerk, 16 Lowell St., Reading, MA 01867
  2. CLASS: Register for the state class. The Institute for Health & Recovery's Youth Drug Awareness Program class is required when a youth under age 18 receives a citation. The youth must register for the class by calling IHR at 617-661-3991 or 866-705-2807 and asking for a "Question 2 project specialist." The offender must provide a current address and telephone number. IHR will then contact the youth when there is space available in a class.
  3. SERVICE:
View the 2017_MJ_Community_Service_List.pdf
Complete 10 hours and document your service using 2017_MJ_or_Court_Ordered_Master_CS_Documentation_SUPERVISOR_SIGN_OFF.pdf
 

and/or

Town of Reading Bylaw Citation
  • Civil Infraction-$300 Marijuana Ticket for Public Consumption
    • Reading Police Officers may issue a ticket or by-law citation for "public consumption of marijuana" in Reading.  The fee is $300 per violation and is payable to the Town of Reading, Town Clerk, 16 Lowell St., Reading, MA 01867.

This ticket is different than the state bylaw violation.

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