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A Recovery Court is a collaborative effort between the Criminal Justice system and Community Mental Health that strives to improve the quality of life for the individual, increase public safety, and reduce costs for the community.
Adult Recovery Court Information Sheet - PDF
The Van Buren County Recovery Court is a 12- to 24- month Program that involves intensive mental health and substance use disorder treatment, treatment planning, case management, court review hearings, substance abuse testing, and referrals to ancillary service agencies.
Potential participants may be identified by various sources including:
Questions may be directed to Specialty Court:
To get started with Recovery Court please complete the Adult Recover Court Eligibility Determination (VBC-0273) screening form (PDF).
Limited removal to provide a pathway for canoes and kayaks with guidance from DNR officials to capitalize on fish habitat and limiting bank erosion. The Bangor/South Haven Heritage Water Trail Association (B/SH HWTA) does not clea’ the river from bank to bank. A pathway is cut and trimmed along the route. B/SH HWTA leaders were trained by MDNR persons to cut a 3- to 4-foot pathway wide enough for a canoe or kayak to paddle through. The training made sure B/SH HWTA maintains the fish habitat that exists along the route. The training also taught B/SH HWTA leaders how and where to cut a pathway without causing erosion on either side of the bank.
No "on the land" trees, shrubs, etc. will be removed. The bases of fallen trees will be left intact on the banks.
B/SH HWTA staff will gladly coordinate with adjacent landowners wanting materials from trees and limbs that originated on their property; otherwise, removed trees and limbs will be taken from the river and flood plain, or secured to increase fish habitat or lessen bank erosion.
B/SH HWTA "Rules for Paddlers" will set a tone of respect. Signs will be available from B/SH HWTA for landowners and most of the banks along the Black River are not conducive for people getting out and walking around (steep banks and lots of poison ivy!).
Landowners are limited in liability by Michigan law for injury of trespassing persons. See Riparian Rights on Michigan Waterways for more information (PDF).
Most of the historical markers will be placed on the bridges at road crossings. A few may be placed at parks, public access sites, etc.
Landowners may arrange with B/SH HWTA to receive private property signs that remind paddlers to stay on the river and off adjacent property.
"Leave No Trace" ethics will be emphasized. Litterbags will be encouraged, and paddlers usually influence other paddlers not to litter. Also, use of the river will limit trash dumping from bridges, as paddlers can be "witnesses".
Paddler organizations have a long heritage of sponsoring "River Clean-up Days" and in keeping with this tradition, we host clean-up days as well as picking up trash on all of our workdays. We do our best to keep this beautiful river clean!
Preservation of fish habitat is inherent to our Mission and Purpose. A natural B/SH HWTA extension to that is to respect the use of the river by hunters during designated seasons. B/SH HWTA materials will advise paddlers to respect others using the river. Major paddling use of the river will be discouraged during prime hunting times.
No portages are planned as part of the development. Following a storm, extensive new obstructions of wind-fallen trees may present the need, temporarily, for portages. Paddlers will be advised to stay as close to the water’s edge as possible until a new pathway can be formed by B/SH HWTA volunteers.
Lions Park in Bangor will be a trailhead along with the Michigan Maritime Museum in South Haven. Various bridge crossings and possibly some privately owned land will be developed as access points.
Some of the access points will be equipped with toilet facilities and picnic areas.
Paddlers in general are an environmentally friendly group of people. The Black River is a slow, shallow river so users looking for a "rush" will have to try another river. Groups of people usually influence the behavior of all in the group and even others on the river. Landowners can observe and report problems and may have a potential for patrolling by the Marine patrol.
Lack of open water and the risk of damage due to submerged logs should limit use of motorized craft. With the wide-open lake in close proximity and the limited width of the pathway should naturally discourage use of these types of craft.
B/SH HWTA’s material will specify "No Camping and No Campfires" along the river. It will also be stated that no state or national forest land adjoins the river.
We’re always looking for volunteers to help with a variety of projects. We host regular workdays to help keep the river open to paddlers.
If you’d like to be added to the workday mailing list, please contact John Mitchell by email, or 269-637-6468. Volunteers do a lot of ’lopping’ and trimming of branches and growth that interferes with the paddle pathway. Experienced "river workers" are also encouraged to serve as a Team Leader for a day.
B/SH HWTA does not ’clear’ the river from bank to bank. A pathway is ’cut and trimmed’ along the route. B/SH HWTA leaders were trained by MDNR persons to cut a 3- to 4-foot pathway wide enough for a canoe or kayak to paddle through. The training made sure B/SH HWTA maintains the fish habitat that exists along the route. The training also taught B/SH HWTA leaders how and where to cut a pathway without causing erosion on either side of the bank.
B/SH HWTA is not a rental group. The best option would be to contact Outpost Sports in South Haven 269-637-5555 or Running Rivers Kayak Rentals in Douglas 269-673-3698.
Michigan law requires that persons who own, conduct or transact business in a county, register the business name in that county as a matter of public record.
No. Corporations, limited partnerships, limited liability companies, and non-profit organizations owned by corporations do not file at the county level.
The filing fee is $10, and the certificate is required to be renewed every five years. The certificate must be notarized prior to filing.
You are required to file a DBA in the county where the business is located, and you may also file in Van Buren County. We will request to see and make a copy of the DBA filed in the home county.
All certified copies (birth, death or marriage certificates) are $13 for the first copy and $4 for each additional copy of the same record purchased at the same time.
Requests may be made by mail by completing the forms that can be printed. You are required to send a copy of your driver’s license or state identification card with your request.
Request can be made by mail by printing the on-line forms and mailing them to the Clerk’s office with the proper fees.
Requests made in person can be obtained generally within a few minutes at the Clerk’s office. Mail requests are generally filled within a day of receipt at Clerk’s office.
Birth records are confidential and are available only to the person or parents of the person named in the record. If you are an heir, legal guardian, or legal representative of the person whose birth certificate you are requesting, additional documentation is required. Contact this office at 269-657-8218, option 6. Death and marriage certificates are public records and available upon request.
$20 for Van Buren County residents, and $30 for out-of state residents.
The license can be taken with you on the day that you apply however, it cannot be used until three days after the date you made application.
No. If only one applicant is present, however, please be sure to bring all the required information for the other person. That information includes:
The answer depends on whether or not you are a Michigan resident. If you are, you need to get your license in the county in which either you or your future spouse reside. The license can then be used anywhere in the state. If you are not a Michigan resident, you must obtain your license in the county where you will be married.
Yes, witnesses are required to be 18 years of age or older.
Yes. Wedding ceremonies are performed in the County Clerks Office on Friday afternoons by appointment only. The fee is $25 and the Clerk does not perform weddings outside of the office.
You can apply for a passport at the Van Buren County Department of Land Management at the Administration and Land Services Building:
Passport photos can also be taken there.
Once a year, the Secretary of State Driver’s License Bureau provides us with the names of Van Buren County residents who have a driver’s license or state ID. The computer then randomly chooses names and the questionnaires are mailed out.
You must be a Van Buren County resident to serve as a Van Buren County juror. Please provide the court with your new mailing address along with proof of residency and we will remove you from our mailing list.
If you are over 70, you have the choice to serve as a juror. If you choose not to serve, please mark “yes” on question number 8 of your questionnaire and return it to the court.
Provide your corrected name and address on the back side of your questionnaire and we will edit your information in our database.
Complete the form in their absence and include the dates the recipient will be home. We can transfer their service to a more convenient time. They do not need to sign the document.
We will only excuse you from a jury service if you have a doctor’s note. Mail, email, or fax a doctor’s note in and we will honor your doctor’s request.
Yes. A summons is an official court order compelling you to appear for service. Jury duty, although sometimes inconvenient, is not an optional experience. Jurors should also know that following Michigan law:
600.1348 Jurors; threats, discharge, or discipline by employer; requiring additional hours of work; misdemeanor; penalty.
Sec. 1348 (1) An employer or the employer’s agent, who threatens to discharge or discipline or who discharges, disciplines, or cause to be discharged from employment or to be disciplined a person because that person is summoned for jury duty, serves on a jury, or has served on a jury, is guilty of a misdemeanor, and may also be punished for contempt of court.
Please wear comfortable clothing, but t-shirts, shorts, midriff baring tops, and inappropriate language and content on clothing is not allowed. You may bring snacks, lunch to eat during breaks. Only water is allowed in the courtroom. You may also bring your cell phone, book or magazine to read while you wait but they will need to be powered off and put away while in court.
You will be assigned a two-week term of service. The judges try to seat their juries by noon; therefore, if you are not seated on a case you are normally released by noon. This does vary. If you are chosen as a juror, you should plan to be at the courthouse until 5:00 p.m. The average trial length is one day in District Court and three days in Circuit Court. The judge will inform you of the expected length of the case during jury selection. On average, a panel will serve on one to two trials per term.
Yes. The judges typically break at least once mid-morning, an hour for lunch, and at least once in the afternoon.
Yes. You will need to set up rides with a friend, a family member, or Van Buren Public Transit.
Jurors are paid $30.00 for the first full day; $45.00 each subsequent full day; $15.00 for the first half day; $22.50 for each subsequent half day. Jurors are also compensated for mileage. Jurors will be paid half of the current IRS rate per mile from the juror’s home to the courthouse. Jurors will receive a check for the total amount approximately three weeks after the assigned term ends.
The Michigan Legislature passed a law in 2013 to allow revisions to historical drainage district boundaries when recommended by a licensed engineer. Property owners can review changes with the Drain Office staff during the Day of Review.
A drainage district is the land area that benefits from the drain. The drainage district makes up the watershed that contributes water to the drain. Each property and municipality within the drainage district pays for maintenance and improvement of the drain.
Revisions are recommended because the historic drainage district boundaries do not accurately reflect the current watershed of the drain.
A Day of Review of Apportionments provides an opportunity for property owners to review the percent of benefit of the drain assigned to their property. The apportionments of benefit are based on acreage, land use, and other factors. The apportionments determine the assessment amount for each property for costs of construction or maintenance.
Parcel apportionments are being revised to more accurately reflect the percentage of benefit that each property receives from the drain. If a parcel is on the outer boundary of a drainage district, it is possible that only a portion of the parcel will be assessed.
Notices went out to the following property owners:
Drain assessments are included on your Winter Tax bill, and are only levied when costs are incurred for the drain. Assessment amounts vary from year to year.
Estimated assessment amounts are included in your notice and are also available at the Day of Review.
You are not required to attend the Day of Review.
County drainage districts are separate public corporations with their own financial records. Each drainage district is supported by a Drain Special Assessment that covers the cost of maintaining the drainage system. County drains are not maintained by Van Buren County general fund taxes.
A drainage district is a legally established area of land that drains to a common outlet. Drainage district boundaries are determined by the natural topography of the land and rarely correspond to political boundaries such as townships or counties. Common words for drainage district include watershed and drainage basin.
The Van Buren County Drain Office has maps and aerial photos that can show the location of your property and the county drains within the drainage district. These documents will be available on the Day of Review. Even if your property does not touch the county drain, storm water flows toward this county drain as an outlet regardless of the land’s elevation.
Each notice informs you of a Drain Special Assessment for a different drainage district. Your property can be in multiple drainage districts because storm water moves from smaller watersheds through larger watersheds, ultimately discharging to the Great Lakes. For example, if your property were located in a small watershed that is "nested" inside a larger watershed, you would receive an assessment for each district, should they both be assessed in the same year.
No. Water may flow off your property in more than one direction to different drains and drainage districts and all of those drains may be assessed in one year.
The law requires that assessments be based on benefit derived as determined by the Drain Commissioner. All properties within the drainage district are assessed considering factors such as size of the parcel, land use, proximity to the drain, and location of the property within the district. Drainage is considered as an interdependent system with the entire system benefiting from maintenance of the common outlet.
All property owners within a drainage district receive an assessment, unless specifically exempted by law. In addition, the municipality, Van Buren County, the Van Buren County Road Commission, and the Michigan Department of Transportation (as appropriate) also receive an assessment for a portion of the maintenance costs. The Drain Code does not exempt most non-profit or religious properties from assessment.
This is a time when you are invited to review the maintenance efforts and costs for providing your land with storm water drainage and to discuss your proposed share of (apportionment) of these costs. This is also a time to inform the Drain Commissioner’s Office of additional maintenance issues. Your attendance on the day of review is not required and most of the information such as costs and apportionment are on the letter you have received. There is also more information available on the County Drain Office website.
Although the work for which you are being assessed may have been completed prior to your purchase of the land, the Drain Code requires that assessments be levied to the property, and assessed to the current owner of record. In most cases, the work performed will benefit the property for years to come.
If you are unable to attend the Day of Review and have questions regarding your assessment or the assessment process, please call the Van Buren County Drain Office. It is possible to make an appointment at times other than the Day of Review, although the appeal period begins after the date of the Day of Review.
Appeal of Drain Special Assessments may be made to the Van Buren County Probate Court within 10 days after the Day of Review.
Drain assessments appear on your winter property tax bill and are paid along with your property taxes. In order to lessen yearly cost a drain assessment may be spread over multiple years, i.e. 1 of 3 years.
A Board of Determination is a 3-member panel of disinterested property owners. The role of the Board of Determination is to receive evidence and hear testimony of interested persons and determine whether the petitioned maintenance and improvement is necessary and conducive to the public health, convenience or welfare.
A drainage district is the land area that benefits from the drain. The drainage district makes up the watershed that contributes water to the drain. Each property and municipality within the drainage distrcit pays for the construction (or establishment) of the drain and for future maintenance and improvement of the drain.
A petition was filed with the Van Buren County Drain Commissioner requesting maintenance and improvement to be performed on the drain. All property owners with lands in the Drainage District were sent a copy of the notice.
No, the Board of Determination decides necessity, but does not determine the scope or cost of the project. Further, the Board of Determination does not determine how much property owners and municipalities will be assessed.
No, only a majority vote of the Board of Determination is required. Only the members of the Board of Determination vote. The attendees at the meeting do not vote, but instead provide testimony to the Board members to assist in their determination.
Estimated assessment amounts are not yet determined. If the Board of Determination finds the project necessary, the Drain Commissioner will hold a public meeting to review apportionments after a project scope has been determined. Notices for the public hearing on assessments will be sent out at a later date.
No, you are not required to attend the Board of Determination, however, it is your right to do so.
Appeals are provided under MCL 280.72a and MCL 280.72(3).
Visit the Van Buren County Drain Commissioner’s website or call (269) 657-8241
A drain project is the establishment, construction, maintenance or improvement of a drain designed to prevent flooding, decrease soil erosion and sedimentation and provide better drainage or agricultural lands, residential lands or other development. A “drain” may include roadside ditches, agricultural drains, tiling/enclosed systems under agricultural or developed land, creeks, rivers and lakes.
Drainage activities are generally governed by the Michigan Drain Code and administered by the County Drain Commissioner, the elected official in charge. The Drain Commissioner has jurisdiction over all established county drains and performs the duties set forth in the Drain Code. Basically, the Drain Commissioner administers the establishment, construction, maintenance and improvement of county drains, and is responsible for the assessment of the costs incurred.
Generally, drain projects are started when a "petition" is submitted to the Drain Commissioner. The petition states that a drainage problem exists and the petitioners would like the Drain Commissioner to solve the problem. A petition can be filed on an existing drain for maintenance or improvements to be undertaken, or it can be filed for the establishment of a new drain.
For an existing drain, a petition must be signed by at least five property owners whose land is located in the drainage district and would be liable to be assessed for a portion of the costs of the project.
For a new drain, an application to establish a drainage district is required before you can petition to establish a County Drain. A drainage district is the area of land that benefits from the drain. The application must be signed by at least ten property owners in the township-five of whom must own land in the drainage district. After the application is received, the Drain Commissioner works with an engineer to determine the area which would be drained by and receive benefit from the new drain. If determined practical, the Drain Commissioner then formally establishes the drainage district boundary. A petition to locate, establish and construct the new drain is then required. The petition must be signed by 50% of the property owners whose property would be traversed by the new drain.
A petition can be filed by property owners in the Drainage District, a Township/City/Village, and the County Road Commission or the Michigan Department of Transportation.
Once petitioned, a "Board of Determination" convenes. The Board of Determination is a three-member board appointed by the Drain Commissioner. The members must be residents of the County but cannot own property in the Drainage District or in the Township/City/Village. The role of the Board of Determination is to receive testimony and evidence at a public hearing to determine:
The Board of Determination does not determine the scope of the project or the cost of the project, and does not determine how much property owners and municipalities will be assessed for the project. The Drain Commissioner makes these decisions after the engineering is performed, but before construction occurs.
Notices for the Board of Determination hearings are sent to all property owners who own land within a current drainage district and whose lands are proposed to be added to the drainage district. All interested persons may testify at the Board of Determination, or may send written testimony to the Drain Commissioner prior to the Board of Determination hearing.
If the Board of Determination determines a drain project is necessary, any aggrieved person has 10 days to appeal but they may only appeal the finding of necessity, since that is the only issue the Board of Determination is acting upon. After the 10th day appeal period is over, the Drain Commissioner may proceed with the project.
Since the scope of the project may not be fully defined at the time of the Board of Determination meeting, drain projects may change in scope. The project may get larger or smaller.
If the Board of Determination determines a drain project is necessary, the Drain Commissioner decides how to solve the problem. He may contract out various parts of the project, including engineering analysis, project management, and construction.
Land owners and municipalities within a given Drainage District pay for drain projects within the district. The cost of the project is shared by all the property owners within the district. Each property will be assigned its share, which is calculated on the "benefit" received by each property. The methods for determining benefits can be based on a variety of factors such as acreage and zoning/land use that treat all property owners fairly. Portions of drain project costs are also assigned to the Township/City/Village for public health benefit and to the County and the County Road Commission for benefit to county roads.
The Drain Commissioner will also determine the terms of payment for any assessment. Large projects may be financed by the issuance of notes or bonds, with the costs and assessment. Large projects may be financed by the issuance of notes or bonds, with the costs and assessments spread out over many years.
Michigan Drain Code allows the Drain Commissioner to expend, without petition, up to $5,000 per mile per drain in any one year for maintenance and repair.
If you believe that an official county drain would be beneficial to your property or would like to request maintenance of an existing county drain, please feel free to contact the Drain Commissioner’s Office for additional information and guidance.
The Van Buren County Recovery Court is a 12- to 15-month program that involves:
To get started with Recovery Court please complete the Family Recovery Screening Form screening form (DOCX).
Family Recovery Court Information Sheet - PDF
See the Family Reunification Brochure (PDF) for information.
Family Reunification Court is designed to be a minimum of 9 months, 5 stage program, with increased activities in the early phases and decreased activities in the later phases. Random drug testing is required.
Family Reunification Court serves an alternative method to make your family whole again. Though it is not required for someone to participate in, Family Reunification Court provides a better chance to reunite you with your loved ones. The program is intensive but it allows the participant to secure effective and efficient drug treatment while acquiring the knowledge to be a more succesful parent.
To get started with Family Reunification Court please complete Family Reunification Court DHHS Referral
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What does incorrigible child mean?
Is incorrigibility a misdemeanor?
Are there any interventions offered in Van Buren County to get help for my child before asking for an Incorrigible Petition?
How can a parent, legal guardian, or custodian ask for an Incorrigible Petition against a child?
Will my child go to detention for being incorrigible?
What will I have to do as a parent when an Incorrigible Petition is filed against my child?
No, the Register of Deeds does not prepare any legal document, nor do we give legal advice. Some forms may be obtained from an office supply store. If you need assistance, please contact an attorney, title company or real estate agent.
No, only documents with original signatures can be recorded.
No. Court documents must be certified with the court seal to be recorded. Death certificates must be certified with the Clerk’s seal.
Yes, see Recording Requirements.
No, all documents in this office are public information or covered by state statute. The copy fees for documents are set by state statute.
Anyone can. Once your document is recorded, it is public record.
The purpose of recording is to make a public record of the transaction. Your document(s) are scanned and indexed for the permanent record. Microfilm copies are made, local units of government are notified of land transfers, and the recording information/ images are made available to the public. The original document is returned to whoever sent it in.
We record and return the document within 1 to 2 days of receipt as long as it meets the recording requirements. The document is returned to whoever sent or brought the document to us. If the document came to us through an attorney/bank/title agency, etc. it is up to them when they return it to you.
We can’t answer that. We only deal with land records. Check with your township, city, village or the State Archives.
Only if it has been surveyed and recorded. The majority of property has not been.
Go to the online Property Search, click on "Begin Search" under Public Users. You can search by name, address or parcel number. This will show you the taxpayer of record.
The state passed a law on April 1, 1997, that requires a 2 ½-inch top margin and ½ inch on all other sides. This is to allow room for the recording information, stamps, etc.
The marital status of males must be shown on documents that encumber or convey property, such as deeds and mortgages. Please check our "Recording Requirements" link to see which documents require marital status.
Documents no longer require witnesses. Most documents require notarization. Please check our "Recording Requirements" link to see which documents require a notary.
Warranty Deeds, Land Contracts/ Assignments and Master Deeds required a tax certificate from the Treasurer’s Office. Please check our "Recording Requirements".
When you pay off your mortgage, you should receive a Discharge, Release or Satisfaction of Mortgage. You should have received your deed when you first purchased the property. If you do not have your deed, you can get a certified copy at the Register of Deeds office.
When you pay off your mortgage, you should receive a Discharge, Release or Satisfaction of Mortgage. You should have received your deed when you first purchased the property. If you do not have your deed, you can get a certified copy at the Register of Deeds office.
Call our Scheduling Office at 269-427-7921 or 1-800-828-2015 . Rides are reserved on a first-called/first-served, space available basis.
Reservations are taken Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM until 7:30 PM. Capacity and schedules are limited, so please call as soon as possible. Rides are scheduled one to 14 days in advance, counting the day you call as day one. You may call on the same day you need service and we will do our best to schedule your ride!
When scheduling a ride, you will be given a 15-20-minute time frame for your pickup (e.g. pickup time for a 10:00 AM appointment may be between 9:00 AM and 9:20 AM). Pickup times for transit between communities or outside city limits may vary by more than 30 minutes. You may wait in your residence until the driver arrives. He/She will honk the horn and can wait for up to three (3) minutes only, so please be ready. For your return trip, the driver will pick you up within 15 minutes of your requested return time. Should your trip times change, or you wish to cancel, please notify the scheduling office immediately.
A Flex Route, also known as a deviated route is when a vehicle operates along a fixed route and keeps to a regular hourly schedule, but the vehicle can deviate from the route to pick up or drop off passengers from other locations along the route, when prearranged through the scheduling office. Once a passenger is picked up from the "FLEXED" location the vehicle will return to its regular route and continue on from the place it left, or deviated from, the route. Flexes are arranged time permitting, and may not be available if a driver is already running behind schedule. A vehicle can FLEX up to two blocks away from its regular route, time permitting.
To be picked up at a location between stops or "Schedule a Flex," you MUST call the scheduling office. To be dropped off as a FLEX you must notify the driver when boarding the bus the location you need. If you need to be picked back up from a FLEXED stop, you MUST call the scheduling office again to make arrangements.
The South Haven METRO FLEX LOOP operates M-F from 9:00 AM until 5:00 PM. The last loop begins at 4:00 PM and drops off all clients by 5. The METRO LOOP does not operate between 11:00 AM and 12:00 PM. Saturday and Sunday services start at 10:00 AM and the last loop begins at 3:00 PM. There is no service between 1:00 PM and 2:00 PM Saturdays and Sundays. The route schedule is available on the bus and on our website: Metro Loop. You may also request a copy by mail.
The Paw Paw CONCORD FLEX LOOP operates M-F from 8:00 AM until 6:00 PM. The last loop begins at 5:00 PM and drops off all clients by 6. The CONCORD LOOP does not operate between 11:00 AM and 12:00 PM. Saturday and Sunday services start at 10:00 AM and the last loop begins at 3:00 PM. There is no service between 1:00 PM and 2:00 PM Saturdays and Sundays. The route schedule is available on the bus and here on our website: Concord Loop. You may also request a copy by mail.
When riding any of our LOOP routes, please remember the buses follow a schedule and therefore DO NOT wait for clients at designated stops. You must be ready to go and waiting for the bus at the scheduled departure time. If a driver is early, he/she will be on location until the departure time, but if they are running behind they will not stop at locations where they do not see clients waiting to board. We always recommend arriving a few minutes early, so that you do not miss the bus and have to wait for the next loop around.
Call 269-302-0237 to schedule your ride to the VA in Battle Creek. Provide your name, address and contact number as well as the date, time and place of your appointment. The Veteran's Shuttle runs every Tuesday and Thursday with drop-offs at 9:00 AM and 12:30 PM, and returns at 12:30 PM and 4:00 PM.
The unit can be safely used in water, for showers, baths even swimming to a depth of 15 feet.
The unit is covered for a period of seven years. The warranty does not cover misuse, abuse, loss or batteries.
No. We specialize in tracking only at-risk individuals.
The transmitter emits a silent radio signal 24/7. Each caregiver is given a transmitter tester and is required to “test” the transmitter twice a day and log the results. The procedure is simple and requires only seconds.
Call the Sheriff’s Office immediately and a new transmitter will be brought to your location as soon as possible.
GPS is great for tracking cars, bad for tracking people. GPS depends on orbiting satellites to locate a person. GPS may not be able to locate in buildings, in bad weather, or in heavy under brush or trees. Clients are not aware they are lost and will not seek open areas which GPS systems require. Sometimes, low tech is better than high tech.
Typically, from the ground, the signal can be detected 1 mile away, but some conditions may allow the signal to be tracked more or less than a mile. If a signal is not detected at the last know location, a grid search from a vehicle is instituted.
Spend no more than five minutes searching. Time is very important in finding a missing person. If you find them before we arrive that is wonderful.
Dial 911 and tell the dispatcher you are a Care Trak customer. Give them the name of the client and the last known location. Dispatch will contact our trained officers and send them to that location.
No, the Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office will not charge any fees for responding to a lost person incident.
While the unit will transmit from anywhere in the world, we cannot respond farther than the adjoining counties. If you are going on vacation or to Florida for the winter, call us and we can get you in touch with an agency in the area you are going to and get a transmitter for that area.
Each transmitter has a unique frequency setting; no two will have the same setting in this part of the country. The frequency is recorded in the client profile and is set in the search receiver when we need to locate the transmitter.
Sobriety Court is a program that provides specialized treatment and supervision services specific to operating while intoxicated (OWI) offenders, given that arrest data clearly indicates there is a need for the program.
Sobriety Court Information Sheet - PDF
The program consists of five stages. The minimum length of stay sobriety court is 12 to 15 months.
The program will be a voluntary, post-conviction program. If a participant decides to participate, they will have to plead guilty to their crime and agree to participate in the program and treatment.
Attorneys or potential participants must fill out an application screening form and submit it to the prosecutor’s office for review. If the candidate passes the legal screening, the prosecutor’s office will notify the Case Manager, who will then schedule and interview with the potential participant.
Sobriety Court Referral Form