As part of the New York State court system’s ongoing efforts to address the opioid crisis, a specialized opioid intervention program will has been launched in Syracuse.

“Syracuse City Court’s innovative Court for Addiction, Recovery and Education (CARE) will target high-risk drug offenders with opioid use disorders, offering immediate intervention and stabilization, including access to medication for addiction treatment, helping to save and transform lives,” said Judge James Tormey, in unveiling the new part. 

Key elements of the opioid intervention court model include:

  • Immediate screening and assessment
  • A broad range of eligibility, suspension of prosecution during the stabilization process
  • Rapid engagement in evidence-based treatment
  • Frequent judicial supervision
  • Intensive case management

The nation’s first opioid intervention court part opened in Buffalo, New York in 2017.

Syracuse City Court Judge Rory McMahon will preside over the new part.