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Who is referred to SAAU?
A judge may refer a defendant to the SAAU for assessment and evaluation on any criminal case that may have been committed under the influence of drugs or alcohol, or for assurance that the defendant does not have a drug or alcohol problem.
How do I report to the SAAU?
The SAAU is located in the Criminal Division of the four San Diego County Courthouses. Visit the information booth or kiosk for directions to the unit.
What happens to me when I report to the SAAU?
You will be given a questionnaire regarding current or past drug and alcohol use and treatment.
You will talk to a qualified alcohol and drug assessor who will ask appropriate questions regarding alcohol and drug use, identify patterns of use and who will make an appropriate referral for treatment if necessary.
The SAAU is located in the Criminal Division at the following locations:
San Diego, CA 92101
North County Division
325 S. Melrose Dr.
Vista, CA 92081
South County Division
500 Third Ave.
Chula Vista, CA 91910
East County Division
250 E. Main St.
El Cajon, CA 92020
(INFORMATION QUOTED DIRECTLY FROM THE SAN DIEGO COURT WEBSITE - CLICK HERE)
The Substance Abuse Assessment Unit (SAAU) was implemented by the court in 1994 in an effort to assist the judges in assessing and referring defendants into appropriate programs that will assist them in completing their terms of probation.
The SAAU is staffed by addiction specialists qualified to assess and evaluate levels of addiction and determine appropriate levels of treatment.
(SAN DIEGO COUNTY COURTHOUSES)
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