Advisory / Photo Opportunity - November 3, 1999
Office of the Commissioner of Probation
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ADDICTS GRADUATE TO SOBRIETY WITH HELP FROM
group of recovering addicts will celebrate their successful completion
of the Intensive Treatment Unit (ITU), a one-year probation prgram
for chronic substance abusers, during a special ceremony on Wednesday,
November 3, at Roxbury District Court, 85 Warren Street, in Roxbury.
graduates -- seven men and six women from the Roxbury area -- will
be profiled at the ceremony, which will begin at 2 p.m. in the first
session of Roxbury District Court. The event will feature congratulatory
remarks from Commissioner of Probation John O'Brien; Honorable Milton
L. Wright Jr., First Justice, Roxbury; Honorable R. Peter Anderson,
First Justice, Brighton District Court; and Honorable Robert P.
Ziemian, First Justice, South Boston District Court. State Representative
Gloria Fox will also be on hand to present citations to graduates.
program really helped me to get my life back. It taught me how to
deal with my problems sober and to live a sober life. In the past,
every time I got stressed out, I'd get high. Life is so much better
now," said Merita Lyons, a 41-year-old Roxbury resident who has
battled crack cocaine addiction for five years.
Intensive Treatment Unit, which draws on the resources of the Massachusetts
Probation Service and the Office of Community Corrections, integrates
drug testing, referral to appropriate treatment, judicial review
Massachusetts Probation Service is a department of the Massachusetts
Trial Court. There are 12 Superior Court, 70 District Court, and
12 Probate and Family Court probation offices throughout the Commonwealth.
Probation's Juvenile Court system includes 11 divisions which represent
every county in the state. The Office of the Commissioner of Probation
(OCP) serves as the central administrative office for the state