HOURS OF OPERATION
Concord Office (603) 226-1921
163 North Main Street, Suite 201
Monday 7:00am - 4:00pm
Tuesday 7:00am - 7:30pm
Wednesday 7:00am - 7:30pm
Thursday 7:00am - 7:30pm
Friday 7:00am - 4:00pm
DIVERSION CENTER OVERVIEW
The Merrimack County Diversion Center is overseen by the Merrimack County Attorney Paul Halvorsen.
The center has been serving Merrimack County since 1992. On average the Diversion Center receives between 800-1000 referrals annually. Program participants have paid in excess of $80,000 - $100,000 per year in restitution to victims of crimes. On average program participants perform a combined amount of community service hours of 10,000 hours per year.
There are six different types of programs offered at the Merrimack County Diversion Center, two of which are possible alternatives to prosecution programs, (Diversion and First-time Alcohol Substance Training), one is used as both a pre or post conviction referral, (Diagnosing And Treating Addiction), and the remaining two are post conviction programs, (Court Ordered Monitoring Program and Court Ordered Community Service). Our newest program the Parenting Program is an educational program and can be either pre or post conviction or by self-referral.
Merrimack County DATA (Diagnosing and Treating Addiction) Program
Reducing Crime By Targeting And Treating Substance Abuse
Awarded 2013 Achievement Award By the National Association of Counties (NACO)
FELONY, MISDEMEANOR, AND VIOLATION DIVERSION PROGRAMS
The mission of the Merrimack County Diversion Program is to hold an eligible offender accountable while providing the resources, skills, and education to reduce the risk of committing crimes in the future. The program is an alternative to prosecution that offers a defendant a chance to avoid a criminal conviction and other punitive sanctions including fines, probation, and incarceration.
WHAT IS DIVERSION
The Merrimack County Diversion Program is a voluntary program for an individual charged with a criminal offense. The Individual who completes the program may avoid prosecution and potential conviction of their charge. Diversion only accepts certain types of criminal offenses and each referral must go through an assessment prior to being accepted into the program. Once accepted into the program a contract will be developed that will lists the specific requirements and obligations for each individual.