Underage Drinking & Drug Diversion Programs

Morgantown Area Youth Services Project  




Where are you located?

 

MAYSP is located on the corner of Chancery Row and Chestnut Street

 

From High Street:  Go straight through 3rd light where High and Walnut streets intersect; after going through that light, make your first RIGHT turn onto a one-way street, Chancery Row (between Path Finder Bike Shop and the brick courtyard square -across from Dollar General Store).  We are the last building on the left, the "Blackstone Building".

 

From the PRT:  Get off at Walnut Street exit, walk down one level to Chestnut Street, look diagonally to the RIGHT to the tall corner building with gree double doors and 2 picture windows.  Our sign is in the upper picture window.  Go through the green double doors to our office.

 

Do you have to have an appointment or can you just show up?

 

NO WALK IN APPOINTMENTS WILL BE ACCEPTED! You will schedule your intake appointment over the phone and then you will schedule your video and/or group appointments at your intake appointment. You will receive a printed schedule so you can keep track of your appointments. Click here for info on cancellations.

 

What if I forget to call within 10 days of my first court date? Will I be in trouble?

 

NO…that timeframe is for the benefit of the client, to ensure you do not forget to make an appointment.

 

What happens at my intake appointment?

 

At your intake appointment, you pay your program fee amount with a MONEY ORDER and we get your information needed for enrollment in our program. Some of this information comes from the papers you received at your court hearing, so it is important for you to bring these with you. We give you papers describing the program you will be enrolled in and you sign the contract agreement form for that program. You then schedule your appointments for video education and/or group.  If you are a marijuana or other drug offender, you will have to do a pre-enrollment drug test.

 

Underage Drinking Client Agreement Form

 

Marijuana and Repeat Alcohol Agreement Form 

Do I have to pay the fees at the intake meeting?

 

a.    YES!  If do not have the money right now, you will need to make the intake appt when you know you will have the money

 

b.    We do not accept payments, except in extreme situations; this will have to be approved by Cathy or Danny 

 

What do I need to bring to my intake appointment?

 

You need to bring your court papers and a money order for the full program fee amount. Also, it is helpful to have any important personal information written down if you do not have it memorized.

 

What if I don't have my court papers?

 

If you do not have court paperwork, you must go to the court and ask for a copy; if the court would rather fax it to us, that’s fine (but they usually don’t).  At the very LEAST, we must have

 

a.    Case or citation number

 

b.    Date of first court appearance

 

c.    Return court date (or completion date) – if you were not given a return court date, you need to obtain that date from the court

 

d.    Name of magistrate that handled your first court appearance

 

How much are the fees?

 

Fees for first time and repeat offenses, Underage Drinking/Possession Alcohol Education Program are $200.

 

Fees for the Marijuana/Drug Diversion Program are $160.

 

Contact us for the fee amounts for municipal court cases.

 

What is a money order?

 

A money order is a secure from of payment, purchased for the amount desired. In this way it is similar to a certified check. Money orders typically consist of two portions: the negotiable check for remittance to the payee, and a receipt or stub that the customer retains for his/her records. 

 

Where can I get a money order?

 

Money orders are typically sold by third parties such as the United States Postal Service, grocery stores (Kroger, Shop N Save, etc.), Walmart and convenience stores (Dairy Mart, etc). You will take cash to the vendor who sells money orders, pay a nominal fee for the money order itself, and they will give you a money order with the amount imprinted into the paper.  Some financial service companies such as banks and credit unions may not charge for money orders for their clients. 

 

Will you be calling my parents?

 

NO!  We do not call parents if you are 18 yrs and older; however, WVU does sometimes contact parents about alcohol or other drug charges

 

Will I be drug tested at this appointment?

a.    Yes, for marijuana (or other misdemeanor drug charges).  The first drug test is not turned over to the court, and we expect that most first drug tests will be positive.  We do this first test only to get drug levels in the system before the start of the weekly group meetings

 

b.    NO drug tests for alcohol charges

How many hours of education do I have to do?

 

a.    First offense alcohol:  6 hrs of education and 6 hrs community service

 

b.    Repeat offense alcohol:  5 weekly group meetings, 1 ½ hours per meeting and 8 hrs community service (10 hrs CS for 3rd offense)

 

c.    First offense marijuana (or other misdemeanor drug offense):  5 weekly group meetings, 1 ½ hours per meeting, 6 hrs community service

 

d.    Repeat offense marijuana (or other misdemeanor drug offense):  Private counseling sessions with Cathy or Danny, and 8 hrs community service 

 

My return court date is in 2 weeks; will I have time to finish everything by then?

 

 

a.    It depends on your availability as to whether you can finish on time.

 

b.    If you don't think you'll be able to finish by the return court date, go to the courthouse and file for an extension.  This cannot be done over the phone. We cannot guarantee the extension will be granted, but often the Magistrate court WILL grant extensions.  Inform MAYSP of any extension dates.

 

What if none of the available video and/or group times fit with my schedule?

 

If you cannot schedule any of the available intake, video or group appointments, you will either have to work things out with your personal schedule, or call the court and discuss the matter with them.

 

Can I do my community service wherever I choose?

 

a.    NO!  We assign community service at downtown agencies.  The Morgantown courts have provided a list of agencies where CS is to be done.

 

b.    “I have to do CS for Towers (or other dorms); can I use those hours for my CS?

 

i.    NO.  Those hours are a WVU assignment; the 6 hours mandated by the court are to be served downtown only.

 

 ii.    Often, though, WVU WILL accept the 6 hrs you are assigned to by this agency and credit those 6 hrs to the total you are to do for them.

 

I received a citation in Morgantown, but I don’t live in Morgantown; Can I get education and do community service in my home town?

 

a.     Anyone living in Mon, Preston, Marion, Harrison or Upshur Counties will have to come here (if there is no transportation to get here, you will need to speak to Cathy).  Outside of those counties, or out of state clients, CAN do requirements out of town, but you still have to pay full amount of fees to MAYSP, and whatever additional costs are required for a program in your own area. 

 

b.    For out of state/town transfers, download forms here

 

What do I need to do when I am finshed with the community service and education appointments?

 

Call MAYSP to make your final appointment.  Bring your signed completion forms from community service and alcohol education to final appointment.  You will NOT need to go to your return court date as long as you bring the required information to receive a completion letter. 

 

Where do I take my completion letter?

 

You will take your completion letter back to the court where you first appeared to verify that you have completed the program. If your case was with Magistrate Court, you will take your letter to the third floor window of the courthouse located on Spruce St. You should ask for a receipt, or some form of verification, when you give the court your completion letter, and you may want to make a copy of your completion letter for your records.

 

Will my record be expunged after I complete the program?

 

MAYSP provides alcohol and drug education and has no control over the status of your record. You will make arrangements with the courts regarding this question.

 

Can I get a refund if I do not complete the program?

 

NO FEES ARE REFUNDABLE if you do not finish you requirements, or if your case is turned over to court for non-compliance.