Addiction Treatment Services to stop doing court-ordered drug tests

Mar 4, 2019

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After nearly 20 years, Addiction Treatment Services in Traverse City will stop performing court-ordered drug tests.

CEO Chris Hindbaugh says they’re shifting away from punitive forms of addiction treatment, like court-ordered drug tests.

"We need to really focus on a community and a public health strategy that keeps people from entering that system," Hindbaugh says.

ATS handled about 1,500 urine tests and 4,000 breathalyzer tests each month and was losing money doing it.

The 86th District Court relied on ATS and New Direction Testing for their court-ordered drug tests. New Direction will take over what's left behind by ATS and a court administrator says they will continue to use in-home testing.