Diagnostic Services



Directions

Follow the following 3 steps to arrive at our department:

  1. Enter the main lobby of the Delaware County Court House, and proceed through the security screening.
  2. Turn left and follow the hallway to the very end.
  3. Take the stairwell to the basement at the door marked "R".

The Department of Diagnostic Services is on your immediate right.


Welcome Statement

On behalf of my staff, I want to welcome you to the website of the Department of Diagnostic Services. This site is a wonderful opportunity for you to realize the importance of what we do as well as the chance to provide you with current information relating to our department.

Our staff is a very dedicated group of individuals. We are here to assist you in the scheduling of specific requirements relating to your case. However, it is important to understand that our staff is not permitted to disclose any information pertaining to a client because all of us are obligated by law to comply with federal confidentiality policies.

It is my hope that this website will be helpful to you.

Sincerely,

Philip Pisani
Director


Our Mission

"The mission of the Department of Diagnostic Services is to improve the quality of life for the citizens of Delaware County by assuring a safer community in which to live and raise their families. This can be accomplished by identifying those persons within the criminal justice system who may be experiencing problems with alcohol, drugs, psychiatric, psychological, and sexual-related disorders. The department promotes a positive behavioral change in a professional manner by treating all persons with the highest degree of respect while at the same time protecting their confidentiality."


What We Do

The Department of Diagnostic Services, under the leadership of Phillip Pisani, is responsible for completing all court-ordered evaluations from both the Magisterial District Justice System and the Court of Common Pleas within the Thirty-Second Judicial District.

One type of evaluation is the Court Reporting Network (C.R.N.) evaluation, which is required in each and every DUI offense. In addition, the court may order a drug and alcohol evaluation, a psychiatric evaluation, a psychological evaluation, or a psychosexual evaluation. The cost associated with each evaluation is the responsibility of the client.


How to Schedule the Court Reporting Network (C.R.N.) Evaluation

The purpose of the CRN evaluation is to determine if a more comprehensive drug and alcohol evaluation is required. It is used by the Department of Transportation to gather important data on the DUI population, and it serves as an excellent management tool for all 67 Pennsylvania counties.

The CRN Evaluation costs $70.00 and must be paid at the time of the appointment. You will be given directions to Court Financial Services to make your payment, as our department does not collect money. The chart below is based on the current DUI statute which took effect on February 01, 2004. A person's blood alcohol level, a chemical test refusal, or a controlled substance will determine the tier. This chart will identify which clients need to complete the CRN evaluation and/or the drug and alcohol evaluation.

Tier 1st DUI Offense 2nd DUI Offense 3rd DUI Offense 4th (+) DUI Offense
Tier 1
(.08% - .099%)
1

If CRN recommends, then 2 is also required
1

If CRN recommends,
Then 2 is also required
1 and 2 1 and 2
Tier 2
(.10% - .159)
Injury/Crash
Underage
1

If CRN recommends, then 2 is also required
1 and 2 1 and 2 1 and 2
Tier 3
(.16% and above)
Refusal
Drugs
1 and 2 1 and 2 1 and 2 1 and 2

The evaluations that are completed by the Department of Diagnostic Services are done either in our office for persons not in prison or for persons incarcerated at the GWHCF. In most cases, persons arrested on a DUI offense are required to complete both of these evaluations due mainly to the high blood alcohol levels. The average blood alcohol level regardless of tier is nearly .18% at the time of arrest, while the average level of Tier 3 offenses is nearly .23%. Tier 1 offenses account for nearly 5% of all DUI arrests, Tier 2 offenses account for 20% to 25% of all DUI arrests, and Tier 3 offenses account for nearly 70% to 75% of all DUI arrests.

To schedule the CRN evaluation on office cases call (610) 892.3226.

To Schedule the Drug and Alcohol Evaluation call (610) 892-3226.

To Schedule the Psychiatric Evaluation call (610) 891.5443.

To Schedule the Psychological Evaluation call (610) 891-5443.

To Schedule the Psychosexual Evaluation call (610) 891-5443.

To Schedule the Alcohol Highway Safety DUI Educational Classes call (610) 237-8630 or register on-line at www.delcoestc.org.

Delaware County Emergency Services Training Center
Calcon Kook Road and Tribbett Avenue
Sharon Hill, PA 19079


Approved DUI Treatment Providers

Facility Address Telephone
Center for Addictive Diseases 600 Abbott Dr.
Broomall, PA 19008
484-476-1800
County Seat Behavioral Health, LLC 210 West Front St.
Media, PA 19063
610-565-2690
Crozer Community Hospital 2600 West 9th St.
Chester, PA 19013
610-497-7200
Family & Community Service of Delaware County 600 North Olive St.
Media, PA 19063
610-566-7540 (ext. 223)
Focus Psychological 206 South Orange St.
Media, PA 19063
610-566-4330
Holcomb Behavioral Health 225 South 69 St.
Upper Darby, PA 19082
610-352-8943
Keystone Center (Inpatient) 2001 Providence Ave.
Chester, PA 19013
610-876-9000
Key Recovery 5000 Hilltop Dr.
Brookhaven, PA 19015
484-490-1060
Mirmont Treatment Center 100 Yearsley Mill Rd.
Lima, PA 19037
610-744-1400
Northwestern Human Services 800 Chester Pk.
Sharon Hill, PA 19079
610-534-3636
Pathway Counseling Services 3537 West Chester Pk.
Newtown Sq, PA 19073
610-269-8396
Pathway Counseling Services 811 West Chester Pk.
West Chester, PA 19382
610-269-8396

Statistics (Profile of a Typical DUI Offender)

Based on 43,275 DUI arrests in PA according to the Statewide Statistical Report, PA Department of Transportation.

The typical DUI offender is:

  • a 35 year old Caucasian male who remains single.
  • high school graduate with an annual salary of $33,797
  • skilled employed worker
  • stopped by the police on a Saturday night or Sunday morning between midnight to 4am as a result of an accident
  • blood alcohol level is nearly .18%
  • moderate to problem drinker
  • first-time DUI offender (73%)