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Intervention Program for Substance Abusers (IPSA)

Frank Rini
Manager Diversion Unit

Pre-Trial Services
Address:11651 Nebel Street Rockville, Maryland 20852   | Telephone: (240) 777-5410 | Fax: (240) 777-5440 | Directions  |  Bus Schedule  Metro


IPSA Office and Urinalysis Hours of Operation

Days Office Hours Urinalysis Hours (Shift 1) Urinalysis Hours (Shift 2)
Monday 11:00 a.m.  -  7:00 p.m. 11:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
3:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Tuesday 8:00 a.m.   -   5:00 p.m. No Testing  
Wednesday 8:00 a.m.   -   5:00 p.m. No Testing  
Thursday 9:00 a.m.   -   5:30 p.m. 1:00 p.m.  -    5:00 p.m.  
Friday 8:00 a.m.   -   5:00 p.m. No Testing  

To direct all eligible first time offenders charged with misdemeanor drug crimes out of the court system and into programs that provide an opportunity to change behavior through drug testing, education, treatment and community service, and to assist offenders in avoiding a criminal record.


Services Information

IPSA Brochure

The IPSA program is a substance abuse and intervention strategy that provides diversion from prosecution for some individuals charged with minor crimes involving substance abuse. The IPSA program also offers Judges a sentencing option for offenders who have mild to moderate substance abuse problems and limited criminal histories.

IPSA Drug Education

The information provided in the drug education classes are an essential part of the overall effort to assist participants in maintaining a drug and arrest-free lifestyle. Certain participants are deemed required to complete the four, 1.5 hour classes offered.  In addition to the below four classes we offer an exclusive drug education class, once a month, focusing on Marijuana use.  The information provided in this marijuana education class is an essential part of the overall effort to assist participants in abstaining from marijuana.  A review of laws and penalties associated with marijuana use are reviewed.  Participants are given information about using marijuana and addiction and ways to address identified issues in treatment and self-help group options. Certain participants are deemed required to complete the 2.5 hour class offered. The classes are as follows:

  1. Drugs and the Individual:  The subject matter shall address the different categories of drugs and include their bio/psycho/social effects.  The course will present factual information utilizing current statistics and scientific studies, which shall assist defendants who are problem solving and weighing the consequences of their own drug use.
  2. Drugs and the Law:  The subject matter shall address the laws pertaining to drug use and possession of drugs or drug paraphernalia.  The course will present current trends observed in the Court and the State’s Attorney’s Office shall be utilized, when possible, as an ongoing resource.
  3. Thinking for Change:  The subject matter shall address the participants readiness for change by reviewing stages of change model. Participants will discuss how we make choices to satisfy needs and begin to use decisional balance sheets to identify if choices and behaviors are helping to reach goals.
  4. Treatment and Recovery:  The subject matter shall address the different treatment options available and provide strategies for a successful recovery program.  The course will act as a reference for county programs available to defendants.

IPSA Fee Payments

Pursuant to Montgomery County Code 13.27.01 and Regulation 13.19.01.01 of the Montgomery County Code (COMCOR), the Intervention Program for Substance Abusers (IPSA) shall assess each client a fee for program services.  Fees for program services are reviewed by the Montgomery County Council under method (3), Code Section 2A-15, and subject to periodic change.Fee is $350 for the full IPSA program, $150 for the abbreviated IPSA Program and $100 for our Marijuana program track.

IPSA Frequently Asked Questions


IPSA Staff Contact Information

Name Job Title Telephone
Frank Rini Manager, Diversion Unit (240) 777-5444
Kayi Somado-Hemazro Correctional Specialist (240) 777-5443
Jasmyne Johnson Correctional Specialist (240) 777-5434
Rose Marie Deans Laboratory Technician (240) 777-5445
Hashan Chowdhury Laboratory Technician (240) 777-5414

 

 

Director's Office · Montgomery County Department of Correction And Rehabilitation
22880 Whelan Lane· Boyds, Maryland 20841 ·
Telephone: 240-777-9976 · Fax: 240-777-9966
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