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Intervention Program for Substance Abusers (IPSA)

Frank Rini
Manager Diversion Unit

Pre-Trial Services
Address: 12500 Ardennes Ave, Rockville, Maryland 20852 |Telephone: (240) 777-5410 | Fax: (240) 777-5482
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IPSA Office and Urinalysis Hours of Operation
Office Hours
Urinalysis Hours (Shift 1)
Urinalysis Hours (Shift 2)
10:00 a.m.  -  6:30 p.m.
11:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
3:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
8:00 a.m.   -   5:30 p.m.
No Testing
8:00 a.m.   -   5:30 p.m.
No Testing
8:00 a.m.   -   5:30 p.m.
1:00 p.m.  -    5:00 p.m.
8:00 a.m.   -   4:30 p.m.
No Testing

To direct all eligible first time offenders charged with misdemeanor drug crimes out of the court system and into programs that provide an opportunity to change behavior through drug testing, education, treatment and community service, and to assist offenders in avoiding a criminal record.

Services Information

IPSA Brochure 
The IPSA program is a substance abuse and intervention strategy that provides diversion from prosecution for some individuals charged with minor crimes involving substance abuse. The IPSA program also offers Judges a sentencing option for offenders who have mild to moderate substance abuse problems and limited criminal histories.

IPSA Drug Education Class Schedule 
The information provided in the drug education classes are an essential part of the overall effort to assist participants in maintaining a drug and arrest-free lifestyle. Certain participants are deemed required to complete the four, 1.5 hour classes offered.  The classes are as follows:

  1. Drugs and the Individual:  The subject matter shall address the different categories of drugs and include their bio/psycho/social effects.  The course will present factual information utilizing current statistics and scientific studies, which shall assist defendants who are problem solving and weighing the consequences of their own drug use.
  2. Drugs and the Law:  The subject matter shall address the laws pertaining to drug use and possession of drugs or drug paraphernalia.  The course will present current trends observed in the Court and the State’s Attorney’s Office shall be utilized, when possible, as an ongoing resource.
  3. Thinking for Change:  The subject matter shall address the participants readiness for change by reviewing stages of change model. Participants will discuss how we make choices to satisfy needs and begin to use decisional balance sheets to identify if choices and behaviors are helping to reach goals.
  4. Treatment and Recovery:  The subject matter shall address the different treatment options available and provide strategies for a successful recovery program.  The course will act as a reference for county programs available to defendants.

IPSA Fee Payments
Pursuant to Montgomery County Code 13.27.01 and Regulation of the Montgomery County Code (COMCOR), the Intervention Program for Substance Abusers (IPSA) shall assess each client a fee for program services.  Fees for program services are reviewed by the Montgomery County Council under method (3), Code Section 2A-15, and subject to periodic change. Fee is $350 for the full IPSA program and $150 for the abbreviated IPSA Program.

IPSA Frequently Asked Questions

IPSA Staff Contact Information

Name Job Title Telephone
Frank Rini Manager, Diversion Unit (240) 777-5444
Candida Martha Correctional Specialist (240) 777-5487
Kayi Somado-Hemazro Correctional Specialist (240) 777-5443
Rose Marie Deans Laboratory Technician (240) 777-5445
Hashan Chowdhury Laboratory Technician (240) 777-5414