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Casey’s Law Intervention is a legal proceeding which can result in a court order for involuntary treatment for addiction for those who are at moderate to high risk of overdose or suicide due to severe substance dependence. Dave Harmon & Associates, Inc. Counseling Solutions has eight (8) Professionals who qualify under the Casey’s Law Regulations to provide Substance Abuse Evaluations due to moderate to high risk of overdose and severe substance dependence or suicidal thoughts or plans related to severe substance use or history and were approved by Claudia Smith, the Jefferson County Casey’s Law Prosecutor. Dave Harmon & Associates, Inc. Counseling Solutions Professionals will provide both Substance Abuse Evaluations when appropriate as well as guide the Petitioner through the Casey’s Law Process for Jefferson, Hardin, Daviess, Bullitt, Oldham, Floyd, Shelby, Meade, Breckinridge, Marion, Spencer, Henry and Carroll Counties in Kentucky. Drug Testing Professionals at DH&A, Inc are CPCs or CPCTs or Trainee and Alcohol Breath Technicians are Certified BATs, BAT Trainers or BAT Trainees. Our Contracted Drug Testing Laboratories are DHHS Certified.
MATTHEW CASEY WETHINGTON ACT : The Matthew Casey Wethington Act for Substance Abuse Intervention or Casey's Law was inspired by the death of Matthew Casey Wethington who died of a heroin overdose at the age of twenty-three The Act of became law nationally on April 9, 2004 and in Kentucky on July 13, 2004. Matthew Casey Wethington was an energetic young man who enjoyed life until it was “taken” by an overdose of Heroin. As a boy, Casey participated in a variety of sports such as soccer, baseball, basketball, and wrestling. Casey enjoyed collecting baseball cards, playing video games, playing the guitar, riding bikes and skateboarding. All of that changed when Casey “didn’t know” what he liked to do to have fun anymore and turned to drugs. Casey’s middle-class upbringing did not matter in the least when it came to the disease of addiction. Casey never intended to become addicted to drugs when he used the first time. What he did not realize was that his substance use was progressing from abuse to dependence and to a full blown disease of addiction. Matthew Casey Wethington’s early drug use caused his development to be arrested at the age of 14 or 15. Regardless of that fact, and the fact that he suffered from an ultimately fatal disease, he was expected to respond as a normal healthy young adult and choose treatment for himself. Parental intervention was discouraged and denied. While it is too late for Casey, because of him, there is hope for all others who suffer from addiction.
QUALIFIED QHPS WITH DAVE HARMON & ASSOCIATES, INC.
Dave Harmon & Associates, Inc. Counseling Solutions’ has a group of QHPs that can complete the certifications, at one of our offices (main office is at Dupont Professional Towers, 4010 Dupont Circle, Suite 226, Louisville, KY 40207, (502) 896-8006, Both certifications (MD and QHP) can be completed by our professionals who qualify under the Casey’s Law Regulations to provide the required Substance Abuse Evaluations and include the following who have been approved by the Jefferson County Prosecutor’s Office and have already participated and/or have successfully completed a number of Casey’s Law Evaluations:
CASEY’S LAW INTERVENTION PROCESS
Casey’s Law Intervention is a legal proceeding which can result in a court order for involuntary treatment for addiction for those who are at risk of overdose or suicide due to severe substance dependence. Steps involved in the Casey’s Law Intervention in Kentucky include:
1) The Petitioner must understand the steps in the legal Casey’s Law Process prior to starting and are encouraged to read the regulations and review the Casey’s Law Video that explains regulations.
2) The Petitioner needs to determine the county attorney’s office where the Casey’s Law Petition will be filed, obtain the phone number and name of any identify or assigned prosecutor and make an initial call to the county attorney’s office where the Casey's Law Petition will be filed and ask to speak to any assigned prosecutor for Casey's Law Petitions or the County Clerk to ensure that the Petitioner has any required Casey’s Law written materials, a good understanding of the process in the county of filing and the current location of the Respondent.
(Note: The Casey’s Law Process may vary from one county to another county and will likely always involve multiple steps similar to the Jefferson County, Kentucky Process.)
3) The Petitioner needs to ask the assigned prosecutor when to file the paperwork for Casey’s Law based on the dates of the appointments. Pre-arrangements aid in meeting the fourteen (14) day time deadline within the Casey’s Law statute.
4) The Petitioner needs to contact the assigned prosecutor a second time and inform the prosecutor or prosecutor’s office of the names and credentials of the two (2) Qualified Health Professionals (QHPs) as well as the appointment dates, times and locations.
5) The Petitioner needs to obtain from the prosecutor the set court date and time for filing the Casey’s Law petition based on the above dates.
6) The Petitioner will need pre-approval to file a Casey’s Law Petition from the County Prosecutor's Office to ensure that the strict timelines for the professional appointments, certifications, and court hearing can be completed within the statutory time limits.
7) The Petitioner will need to file the Casey’s Law Petition on the designated day, date and time. The clerks will complete a summons containing the names and addresses of the QHP along with the dates and times of the scheduled appointments.
8) The Sheriff’s Office will serve the Respondent with the summons. Once the Respondent is served, his/her failure to cooperate and attend the evaluations, court date, or treatment program will result in his/her arrest for contempt of court.
9) The Petitioner will need to attend the appointments with the QHPs and obtain the completed Certifications.
10) The Petitioner will need to return the completed Certifications to the County Clerk’s office within 24 hours as required by law as Failure to do so will result in a dismissal of the case (See Section A(4) below).
11) The Petitioner will need to began identifying the potential treatment program or programs to which the Petitioner and/or family members want the Respondent to apply, enroll and participate in along with the QHPs.
12) The Petitioner will need to attend Casey’s Law Court Hearing to testify concerning the Respondent’s need for treatment.
Payment may be arranged through: Employer EAP, Employer/Private Health Insurance, Workman’s Compensation, Employer Medical Cards, Government Sponsored Health Insurance (Medicaid, Medicare, Passport, WellCare, Coventry Care, Health Source or Self-Pay or some Fee Reductions.
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Dave Harmon, President/Clinical Director, Dave Harmon & Associates, Inc. Counseling Solutions