NYC Drug Court Initiative
Screening & Treatment Enhancement Part (STEP)

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Welcome to the Screening & Treatment Enhancement Part (Felony)

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Welcome to the Screening and Treatment Enhancement Part (STEP). STEP offers substance abuse treatment as an alternative to incarceration for nonviolent felony drug offenders arrested in Brooklyn, New York. By offering court monitored treatment, STEP strives to break the damaging and costly cycle of addiction, crime and incarceration.

The STEP Part is unique due to its specialized screening process which affords a greater number of people the opportunity to receive drug treatment services through the criminal justice system. In addition, our enhanced screening process has sparked specialized programming for the adolescent population. Our case managers ensure that all participants, particularly our adolescents, receive the appropriate treatment services that are matched to both age and specific developmental treatment needs.

Mia Santiago,
Project Director II,
STEP/MBTC

120 Schermerhorn Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201
P: 347.404.9616 .F: 718.643.6646
www.nycourts.gov/nycdrugcourt

What is STEP?

STEP is a special courtroom in the Brooklyn Criminal Court. It is a program for first time felony offenders arrested in Brooklyn, who face felony drug charges and who also abuse drugs. Instead of jail or probation, STEP will help you enter and stay in a drug or alcohol treatment program. The STEP program includes regular court appearances and supervision by the STEP judge.

The amount of time you spend in STEP will depend on the crime you were originally charged with, your criminal history, your plea and your individual progress in treatment. Most people will spend anywhere from one to two years in the STEP program.

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