WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT DIVERSION
The goal of diversion (‘elterelés’) is the prevention of consumption, the development of different life skills and self-reflection, as well as the termination of criminal proceedings.
The preventive-consulting service (diversion) is a preventive intervention provided for casual drug users as an alternative to prosecution, offered by the acting authority (police, prosecutors). By law, if someone only commits a minor drug offense (cultivation, production, acquisition or possession of drugs for personal use) and attends a minimum of six months’ continuous “drug treatment”, they will not be prosecuted (this is called diversion). However, prosecution shall still be initiated in these cases, unless the suspect proves the completion of the six-month treatment with an official document, in which instance the case must be terminated. From 1 July 2003, with the entry into force of the new Criminal Procedure Act, diversion will take place within the framework of a legal institution called “postponement of accusation.” This means that police conduct the investigation and then hand the case over to the prosecutor’s office. If the offender agrees to the diversion program, prosecution will be deferred for one year. During this time the suspect must provide proof of six months of continuous treatment. If the certificate is submitted before one year has elapsed, the public prosecutor shall terminate the procedure immediately. If one is caught by the police, it is useful to start therapy as soon as possible even without waiting for the official prosecutorial decision, as the entire length of time during which the procedure is carried out will be considered. If the suspect does not undertake the diversion treatment or pledged to it but cannot provide proof of the six months of continuous treatment then they will be prosecuted, in which case the court will impose some measure or a financial penalty. This alternative program can be used only in every second year.
- Six-month interval,
- Bi-weekly participation in workshops with an average length of 2 hours,
- Continuity, meaning that no more than 30 days can pass between two workshops, otherwise the diversion is cancelled.
WHAT DOCUMENTS ARE NEEDED?
- A certificate from the police for voluntary undertaking diversion, or
- A resolution from the prosecutor’s office for the postponement of prosecution.
- Prior to diversion they should participate in a preliminary examination at a psychiatrist, where the degree of addiction is determined. For the examination the documents listed above are needed, in addition to the Social Security card (‘TAJ kártya’). Non-EU citizens do not need to provide a Social Security card.
THE PROCEDURE OF DIVERSION
The client visits the selected institution (the authority is obliged to provide appropriate information) and signs a supply agreement with the service provider. The diverted informs the acting authority of the agreement. For the supply agreement all documents listed above are needed (police or prosecution documents, and proof of psychiatric examination).
“The secret of Megálló Group Foundation’s success is doing usual things unusually good.”
Mihaldinecz Csaba, founder of Megálló Group Foundation
Megálló Group Foundation
Formation and story of Megálló Foundation The “Megálló” Group has started its work as an Action group of the Belvárosi Tanoda Foundation in 1997. The aim of the initiative was to create a reintegration model coupled with a special educational program, where the individual-centralized, helper-developer pedagogy is interwoven with the aim of the therapeutic community. The project is for those young people, who left secondary school; regular substance users; and has been given up by other educational institute. In 2005 the community of the therapy became an independent organization and has been giving whole-day care developing for 18 years now. Recovered substance users also take part in the operation of the foundation, that’s one of the specialties they have.
Activities Creating community
The specialty and power of Megálló lies in a loyal community, living in constant interaction. During the opening time, a community is being built based on helping the fellow sufferers.
The aim is to finish the interrupted secondary school studies; with graduation. Studying is part of the developing process. It can help create and fi the real self esteem, confidence.
Social activity in the institute
We off er the possibility in the scope of developing-coaching for those, who reached the level of certain sobriety and want to reintegrate back to the labor market.
Users, who have broken the law due to their addiction, are able to choose to take part in a so called “diversion”, instead of being prosecuted.
Reintegration and Community House
We offer daily activities; individual and group support, helping in the cessation for voluntarily applied substance users and youngsters with behavior problems, addiction and life-managing issues.
- Marginalized, seekers of social relationships and activities
- Who has life life-managing and adapting problems
- Young people who have been dropped out of school, and have deviant lifestyles
- Drug addicts, alcoholics
- People with substance or behavior addiction
- Those, who went through detox cure
- Recovered substance users, who want to save their sobriety
Part of the reintegration program
- Realization of individual developing plan
- Consultation of lifestyle-managing, mentoring
- Group therapy
- Creative activity
- Sport and recreation
- Intensive daily-routine organization
- Individual teaching and learning process
- Social administration
- Cooperation with concerned young person’s environment, in case, parents/tutors
You can join to our free, opened groups at anytime, without any previous application. You can find the date of the programs at megallo.org.
Group therapy based on personal sharing and permanent, honest feedback.
Playful training, which helps to solve anxiety, self expression and to live out our emotions with verbal and non-verbal exercises.
Football and other sport activities
One of the best healthy substitutes is the regular sport for our target group instead of the drugs. Beside the joy of game and the importance of team-building, we use this sport as a real therapy device.
Self-abandoned music playing, which makes joy and helps extricate creativity.
Megálló Group implemented wall and rock climbing as adventure therapy method for the first time in the Hungarian drug treatment system. We achieve serious results in the therapeutic process by the help of this activity. Climbing strengthens uniquely the sense of responsibility, the confidence in others and self-confidence as well.
Relaxation, getting away from it all, which helps to find tranquility and inner peace.
Giving help to find the way to accept and live together with young people and their difficulties.
Group of fine arts
Creative group where knowing fine art techniques helps self-expression.
European Voluntary Service
In the scope of Erasmus+ program (Youth In Action in the past), we offer the possibility to young people (between the age of 17 and 30) to volunteer at our organisation. For further information please check megallo.org, or come to Megálló to get more information about the possibilities.
The INSPORT+ project aims to measure the sport possibilities of disabled people and promote social inclusion of the target group trough organization of different sport events with involvement of experts, volunteers and trainers.
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