Welcome to North Alabama Court Referral Services, Inc.
North Alabama Court Referral Services (NACRS) was established in 1994 as a 501 (c) (3), non-profit corporation with the purpose of providing comprehensive alcohol and drug education to court-ordered and self-enrolled individuals. The agency administers the Court Referral Education Program and the Defensive Driving Program. We serve individuals in Jefferson, Blount, and St. Clair counties.
The Alabama Court Referral Education Program was created in 1985 to help reduce the number of alcohol and other drug-related crimes in the state. This program is not punishment. It provides participants with the opportunity to learn important information and to explore ways to change risky behavior that resulted in their becoming involved with the legal system. Participation in the court referral education program can have a positive impact on lives. It is up to participants to make the most of it.
The Mandatory Treatment Act of 1990 authorized the Court Referral Program. It requires all people who are convicted of an alcohol or drug-related offense to be evaluated and referred to an appropriate education and/or treatment program. At a minimum, every defendant who is not referred directly to drug or alcohol treatment is required to complete an alcohol and drug education program certified by the Administrative Office of the Courts. This law exists so that people who are in trouble because of their alcohol or other drug use receive the information and support they need to avoid future problems.
NACRS offers Level 1, Level 2, and Youth & Juvenile Court Referral Education Program classes through contract with the Administrative Office of Courts. In addition, we offer Alabama Driver Education Classes.
IMPORTANT NOTICE DUE TO THE COVID-19 RESPONSE
Updated Class Information (April 20, 2020):
- Classes will be held in May, following all safety precautions concerning COVID-19.
- Please plan to wear a mask while in our offices. We will have hand sanitizer available, and a very limited number of masks available for $6 each, cash. DO NOT COME IF YOU HAVE A FEVER OR HAVE BEEN EXPOSED TO COVID-19. PLEASE CALL FOR OTHER ARRANGEMENTS. Classes will be smaller than usual, with groups of 10 or less. Classes will be filled in the order in which you enroll.
- Oneonta and Birmingham Level II Saturday classes that were postponed from March 21 will meet on May 30.
- Pell City Level II class postponed from March 21 & 28 will meet in the Hampton Inn conference room on EITHER May 9 or May 16. You will only be required to attend class on one day, but the hours will be from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. You will receive a letter and a phone call within the next few days to tell you which day to attend class.
- Birmingham Level II Tues/Thurs classes postponed from the end of March will be held May 12, 14, 19 & 21. Hours for the evening class will remain the same and we will add a second instructor. Miss Pam will be calling the morning students to work out new class hours to divide you into smaller groups.
- Oneonta Level I & Level II Saturday classes will have new hours. Classes will meet on 3 days instead of 4 on these dates and with longer hours: Saturday May 2, 9 & 16 from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m.
- Birmingham Level II Saturday classes will have new hours, and some may have new days. Class will meet on 3 days instead of 4 on these dates, with longer hours: Saturday May 2, 9 & 16 from 8 :30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. In order to follow COVID-19 distancing guidelines, some students will need to attend classes on Sunday, May 3, 10 & 17 from 8:30-3:30. Please call us if this is your preference. Otherwise, your class date will be determined by the order in which you enroll in class.
- Birmingham Level I & Level II classes scheduled to begin on April 28 have been postponed to June 2.