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Superior Court of California - County of San Diego: Criminal: Substance Abuse: SAAU
      

Substance Abuse Assessment Unit (SAAU)

Introduction

The Substance Abuse Assessment Unit (SAAU) was implemented by the court in 1994 in an effort to assist the judges in assessing and referring defendants into appropriate programs that will assist them in completing their terms of probation.

The SAAU is staffed by addiction specialists qualified to assess and evaluate levels of addiction and determine appropriate levels of treatment.

Contact Information

The SAAU is located in the Criminal Division at the following locations:

  • Central Division
    220 West Broadway
    San Diego, CA 92101
    619-450-5454

  • North County Division
    325 S. Melrose Dr.
    Vista, CA 92081
    760-201-8600

  • South County Division
    500 Third Ave.
    Chula Vista, CA 91910
    619-746-6419

  • East County Division
    250 E. Main St.
    El Cajon, CA 92020
    619-456-4194

Questions regarding referral to the SAAU

  • Who is referred to SAAU?

    A judge may refer a defendant to the SAAU for assessment and evaluation on any criminal case that may have been committed under the influence of drugs or alcohol, or for assurance that the defendant does not have a drug or alcohol problem.

  • How do I report to the SAAU?

    The SAAU is located in the Criminal Division of the four San Diego County Courthouses. Visit the information booth or kiosk for directions to the unit.

  • What happens to me when I report to the SAAU?

    You will be given a questionnaire regarding current or past drug and alcohol use and treatment.

    You will talk to a qualified alcohol and drug assessor who will ask appropriate questions regarding alcohol and drug use, identify patterns of use and who will make an appropriate referral for treatment if necessary.

How do I obtain an extension to enroll in or complete court ordered programs?

You should appear in the Criminal Business Office Monday through Friday to seek extensions on any court ordered probationary term.

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