The Youth Treatment Intervention Court is available to assist young people to reduce their offending, improve their mental health, and address their substance misuse.

The Youth Treatment Intervention Court (YTIC) is still operational and is designed to assist young people to reduce their offending, improve their mental health, and address their substance misuse.

The YTIC is for young people who have been charged with offences which will not be diverted to a Family Conference and will be heard in the Adelaide Youth Court. Participation in the YTIC is a voluntary condition of bail under section 21B of the Bail Act 1985.

Judicial officers, prosecutors, defence lawyers and Youth Justice Workers can make a referral to the YTIC when the young person appears in the general criminal list. Referral forms can be obtained from a Sherriff’s Officer at the Youth Court.

After being referred to the YTIC, program staff will complete an assessment with the young person to determine eligibility for the program. Eligibility requires a nexus between the offending behaviour and a substance use disorder, a mental health disorder, or mental impairment.
If assessed as eligible for the program, the young person will be required to plead guilty to the most serious of their offences before being accepted to participate. However, if the young person has a diagnosed mental impairment they will only be required to agree to the objective elements of the charges.

Upon acceptance for program participation, the young person will receive support from a case manager in the Intervention Programs Branch. The case manager will coordinate the young person’s treatment plan which will be individually tailored to address the conditions related to the offending behaviour.

The duration of program participation is up to 6 months. Throughout the program the young person will attend court periodically for progress reviews. At the end of the participation period, a detailed report will be completed for the Court summarising the young person’s participation on the program. Copies of all reports will be provided to the presiding judicial officer, prosecutor, and defence lawyer.

Listings in the YTIC will be held on alternate Friday mornings.