Qualified Expert Witness in Substance Use and Mental Health Assessment and Treatment Services
Drew D. Breznitsky, BA, MA is a Qualified Expert Witness, in the 9th and 18th Judicial Courts, in substance use and mental health assessment and treatment services. Drew has worked collaboratively with private attorneys, the Public Defenders Office, the Office of Regional Conflict, and other litigators within the 9th and 18th Judicial Courts, and around Central Florida, toward mental health and substance use-related criminal justice reform. Drew works collaboratively with these attorneys, as well as the State, to meet with patients experiencing substance use and mental health-related interaction with the legal system, both in and out of custody, to determine appropriateness for care and case conceptualization. Subsequent to assessment and case conceptualization, Drew works collaboratively with attorneys and the State to help mitigate sentencing to include appropriate, person-centered, ASAM criteria consistent treatment through expert testimony.
Drew prides himself on his ability to ethically assess potential patient's appropriateness for care and differentiate the actual "drug dealers" from those being victimized by individuals selling dangerous and illegal narcotics to those actually struggling with valid substance use disorders. Drew has developed a credible reputation with both State Attorneys and Judges throughout the Central Florida Region and is known for his integrity and ethical assessments and testimony.
Drew has helped to assess and place over one hundred patients in appropriate person-centered treatment over incarceration since the inception of Beachside Recovery Interventions + Consulting. We are proud to say that the overwhelming majority of these patients have successfully completed treatment as well as their obligations to the court and remain clean and sober to this day.
On November 1, 2018, Drew was honored to be awarded the Pastor Mark Swallow Service Award by the Brevard Chapter of the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.
If you or a loved one are experiencing true substance use and/or mental health-related interaction with the legal system, we can help through collaboration with our community partners in the legal field.