Office of Community Corrections
Substance Abuse Testing Program
To ensure that Community Corrections program participants are actively engaging in their recovery and complying with court orders regarding abstinence from the use of substances, random drug testing is performed.
More than 40,000 samples, mostly urine samples, are collected each year by OCC’s trained, full-time staff. Clientele come from OCC ‘s pre-trial supervision program, the 8th District and 9th Circuit Court probation offices, the 8th District and 9th Circuit Specialty Court programs, the Family Division of the 9th Circuit Court and clients on pre-trial release or probation to out-of-county jurisdictions*. OCC also performs pre-employment drug screen tests, tests for clients wishing to regain their operator’s license from the Secretary of State and for educational clients.
Urine specimens are collected from the client and sent to a SMAHSA or a CAP-FDT laboratory for testing. Forensic drug testing is utilized in the criminal justice where a primary purpose of the testing is to use the results as evidence in legal proceedings; therefore, forensic drug testing utilize a number of stringent requirements. The laboratory, using very sensitive and reliable testing practices and equipment, tests the specimen for the presence of any number of substances, which, depending on the profile requested, may include those listed below, or others as requested:
- Alcohol (biomarkers EtG and EtS)
The creatine level of the specimen is tested to detect dilution; additional tests are conducted to determine if there has been contamination or attempted substitution of the sample.
All test results are available to supervising personnel via a web-interface, and supervising personnel are notified of missed or positive tests by separate e-mail.
All clients that will be testing must bring some form of picture identification to each and every visit; if you do not have one for the first visit, arrangements must be made by the supervising agent to provide us with positive identification prior to your first visit. Kalamazoo County residents may visit the county clerk’s office to inquire about a county issued ID or visit a Secretary of State office to inquire about a state ID card.
Our office also provides PBT services. A PBT log can be found here.
Finally, we have identified a number of community resources and assembled them into a Resource Manual.
* For out-of-county referrals, please send us the referral form, found here. Please note: if your client brings the form with them, we will not test them; the form must be telefaxed or e-mailed to us. For any questions, please contact the Substance Abuse Testing Administrator.