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The Queensland magistrates' early referral into treatment (QMERIT) program is a bail-based diversion program for defendants with illicit drug use issues. The QMERIT program operates in the Maroochydore and Redcliffe Magistrates Courts.
The program engages defendants charged with an offence relating to illicit drug use with drug rehabilitation services through bail conditions and combines treatment and support services for defendants with problematic drug use during their contact with the criminal justice system.
The aim of these services is to change defendants offending behaviour. QMERIT provides an opportunity for eligible defendants to participate in a structured intervention that aims to give defendants the skills and confidence needed to improve their health and wellbeing and significantly reduce offending behaviour.
Abstract adpated from Department of Justice and Attorney General, Queensland
Department of Justice and Attorney General