Broome County DA, Sheriff’s Office team up for new county-wide diversion program


BINGHAMTON — Broome County District Attorney F. Paul Battisti on Thursday announced a county-wide diversion program for those suffering from substance use disorders in partnership with the Broome County Sheriff’s Office and Helio Health.

Starting Feb. 19, qualifying accused individuals being arraigned at The Centralized Arraignment Part of the Broome County Court System (CAP) will have the opportunity to be part of the new diversion program, Motivation to Change (MTC).

Upon acceptance into the MTC program, the individual will be directly transported to Helio Health for immediate placement into detox or inpatient residential treatment.

The Broome County Sheriff’s Department has agreed to transport program participants directly to Helio Health from CAP.

Helio Health will then assess the individual and recommend the appropriate treatment plan. This program is geared toward non-violent offenders suffering from substance use disorder.

“Without the willingness of the Sheriff’s Department and Helio Health to partner with our office, this idea would not have been possible. Without a doubt, this program will save lives,” said District Attorney F. Paul Battisti.