Description: Information related to Starfleet's Diversion program for recovering addicts.
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Diversion is a program available to eligible Starfleet officers and non-commissioned personnel who have been involved in drug or alcohol related offenses requiring official action. While these offenses are typically dealt with on a case-by-case basis there are certain incidences where a person's employability with Starfleet can be called into question.
The term Diversion comes from the Starfleet Medical slang diverting, which is any medical officer who has diverted medical resources away from a patient and unto themselves as a result of drug addiction, although those in command positions usually insist that is not the origin of the word, as it lacks professionalism.
Examples of characters who have undergone successful Diversion are Dimitri van Leeuwen and Laurie Keelan.
To be considered for Diversion, a candidate must meet the following criteria under both Section P and the Federation Diagnostic and Statistical Manual VII (FDSM-VII):
A. Also known as criterion A, the single-most limiting factor for acceptance into the Diversion program, requires a diagnosis of a prior mental disorder under the Articles of the Federation, section 108 sub-section P, also known as a Section P, any treatable mental disorder which will not now, or in the future, impede an officer's ability to perform their duties, with or without use of reasonable accommodation. Examples of such disorders include Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Dissociative Disorder, Mood Spectrum Disorder, Depression, Anxiety Spectrum Disorder, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Character Spectrum Disorder. Substance Abuse Disorder does not qualify.
B. That such drug related offenses did not result in personal injury (includes all forms of physical and sexual assault), and that the involved officers have not been charged with an indictable offense under the Articles of the Federation section 1, sub-sections A through R, as a result of their drug use. The officer involved must also not have been issued a PPA as a result of their drug use (trespass and assault by trespass) under stated articles. Any misdemeanors or non-indictable offenses such as disturbing the peace, theft of under 5,000 credits or theft-under may be considered. Hybrid offenses can also be considered, provided that agreement has been reached not to indict.
C. That the individual has not been court-martialed as a result of their drug use. In some cases, Diversion may require that an appropriate NJP has been or will be filed with the completion of Diversion among its principle enforcers. This means that in some Federation jurisdictions, in order to qualify for Diversion, the officer in question must be undergoing a current NJP which requires Diversion. This usually applies when the individual in question has violated a Federation trade embargo (FTE) such as use of illicit substances like Romulan ale, diamorphenolog, et cetera.
D. That the individual's Commanding Officer agrees to enforce compliance of Diversion. Diversion cannot be forced upon a Commanding Officer by someone higher in their chain-of-command. If the CO of an individual's deployment area does not agree, which is at the discretion of said CO, Diversion is null and void.
E. That the individual's Primary Care Physician signs off on the acceptance of a Diversion-Compliant Treatment Plan (DCTP) along with a Federation board-certified psychiatrist or psychologist who is responsible for maintaining at least a biweekly therapeutic resolution schedule. DCTP also requires mandatory drug testing of which the duration and frequency will be determined by the individual's PCP and counselor. Individuals in medical-related professions will be required to undergo daily drug testing and will also be required to move to a position of employment which restricts the access of all controlled substances while in the Diversion program.
F. That terms of Diversion compliance are clearly set in the individual's DCTP, including a Diversion end date. The most common terms of Diversion are from six months (with absolute compliance, or no relapses) to one year (for first time offenders with one to two relapses). While DCTP can be modified at will, all DCTP will require a term end date specified. An individual cannot remain in Diversion indefinitely, as their duties are restricted past the point of reasonable accommodation during their DCTP, which violates criterion A.