Welcome to North Alabama Court Referral Services, Inc.!
North Alabama Court Referral Services (NACRS) was established in 1994 as a 501 (c) 3, non-profit corporation with the purpose of providing comprehensive alcohol and drug education to court-ordered and self-enrolled individuals. The agency administers the Court Referral Education Program and the Defensive Driving Program. We serve individuals in Jefferson, Blount, and St. Clair counties.
The Alabama Court Referral Education Program was created in 1985 to help reduce the number of alcohol and other drug-related crimes in the state. This program is not punishment. It provides participants with the opportunity to learn important information and to explore ways to change risky behavior that resulted in their becoming involved with the legal system. Participation in the court referral education program can have a positive impact on lives. It is up to participants to make the most of it.
The Mandatory Treatment Act of 1990 authorized the Court Referral Program. It requires all people who are convicted of an alcohol or drug-related offense to be evaluated and referred to an appropriate education and/or treatment program. At a minimum, every defendant who is not referred directly to drug or alcohol treatment is required to complete an alcohol and drug education program certified by the Administrative Office of the Courts. This law exists so that people who are in trouble because of their alcohol or other drug use receive the information and support they need to avoid future problems.
NACRS offers Level 1, Level 2, and Youth & Juvenile Court Referral Education Program classes through contract with the Administrative Office of Courts. In addition, we offer Alabama Driver Education Classes.
This 12-hour class includes information on the legal consequences related to the misuse of alcohol and other drugs, the physical and psychological effects of use, and the stages of addiction. A personal change plan is completed by each student.
Fee: $145; money order only.
This 28-hour class follows the Level 1 curriculum for the first 12 hours, and includes information on the effects of use on the family, the importance of self-help meetings, and coping skills to aid in communication, refusal skills, and dealing with stress and anger. A detailed personal chance plan is complete by each student. Further, students must attend four hours of self-help meetings outside of class.
Fee: $295; money order only.
|YOUTH & JUVENILE CLASSES
This 12-hour class is designed for individuals ages 18 and younger, and are similar to the content in the Level 1 classes.
Fee: $125; money order only.
Offered through contract with the Alabama Safety Institute, this four-hour class is recognized by many traffic courts throughout the state. Please check with your referring Court to ensure credit for attendance in this program.
Fee: $30; cash only.