DWI Intensive Supervision Program

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The intensive supervision program (ISP) for high-risk clients with a driving while intoxicated (DWI) conviction offers protection for the public, reduces the risk of re-offending and promotes positive personal behavior change. Participation in the program requires a court order and a one-year commitment by the client.

The driving while intoxicated intensive supervision program (DWI ISP) consists of four 90-day phases transitioning from intensive to minimum supervision. Phases may be extended based on non-compliance with program expectations. Participants in the DWI ISP work closely with probation officers to develop a case plan. Hard work by the program participant results in successful completion of the program.

Eligibility

Defendants may participate in the DWI ISP if they meet the eligibility criteria:

  • Court-ordered by a judge.
  • Approved by probation.
  • High-risk offender (one or more).
    • Felony DWI conviction.
    • Three DWI convictions in 10 years.
    • Two DWI convictions in three years with present offense blood alcohol content equal to or greater than 20 percent (BAC > .20).
    • Commercial vehicle operator with history of three DWI convictions in 10 years with present offense blood alcohol content equal to or greater than 20 percent (BAC > .20).

Expectations of participants

Participants in the DWI ISP may complete the requirements within one year with a focus on remaining law-abiding, following probation conditions and driving sober and safely. Failure to comply with program expectations may delay transition to next phase and result in assignment to a previous phase, a memo to the court and notification of a probation violation.

Successful completion

Participants who score as medium- or low-risk on an approved risk assessment tool, who have substantially completed probation conditions and the DWI ISP phases are considered ready for transfer to a lower level of supervision.

Transfer Delay – Type of Conviction
Participants with a gross misdemeanor conviction will be supervised for one year by the DWI probation team before transfer to the Probation Reporting Center. Participants with felony-level cases will be supervised for two years by the DWI probation team before transfer to the Probation Reporting Center.

Transfer Delay – Behavior
Participants move forward through phases by following expectations for each phase, maintaining an acceptable risk assessment score and complying with the case plan and conditions of probation.

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Phase 1 – Assessment

Phase 1 begins with the goal of developing a case plan in partnership with the probation officer. The plan is based on the risk/need assessment. At the beginning, participants meet with a probation officer once a week at a probation office and complete a risk assessment and chemical dependency evaluation.

Participant expectations

  • Attend regular meetings with probation officers.
  • Complete a risk assessment.
  • Schedule a home visit to verify address and assess living environment.
  • Complete thirty days of alcohol monitoring by SoberLink or an ankle bracelet.
  • Complete random drug and alcohol testing by eye scan, mouth swab, urine analysis or preliminary breath test.
  • Sign release of information (ROI) forms upon at request of probation officer.
  • Complete chemical dependency treatment, if required.
  • Demonstrate progress in meeting goals of case plan.

Phase 2 – Medium Supervision

Phase 2 requires the participant to demonstrate progress toward completing the goals of the case plan set in Phase 1. The minimum time for this phase is 90 days. Participants meet with a probation officer a minimum of four times in this phase: three office visits and one home visit.

Participant expectations

  • Attend regular meetings with probation officers.
  • Enroll and participate in a Level II DWI education program such as Driving with Care, Change Companies or Prime for Life.
  • Complete thirty hours per week of constructive and verifiable activities such as work, school, volunteering, support groups, sports teams, church groups, community work service or other organized activities.
  • Confirm restitution obligations and demonstrate reasonable efforts to payment of any court-established repayment plans.
  • Add participation in additional programming such as:
    • Cognitive programming.
    • Psychological evaluation.
    • Family or marital counseling.
    • Vocational training.
    • Anger management. 
  • Complete random drug and alcohol testing.
  • Sign release of information forms upon at request of probation officer.
  • Complete chemical dependency treatment, if required.
  • Demonstrate progress in meeting goals of case plan.

Phase 3 – Transitional Minimum Supervision

Phase 3 is a transition from medium to minimum supervision. The participant meets less frequently with the probation officer and works toward submitting a formal request to transfer to minimum supervision at the end of Phase 3. The formal request includes a statement of accomplishments, lessons learned and a plan to remain sober and safe. The minimum time for this phase is 90 days.

Participant expectations:

  • Attend regular meetings with probation officers.
  • Complete a Level II DWI education program such as Driving with Care, Change Companies or Prime for Life within first 30 days.
  • Complete a Mothers Against Drunk Driving panel, if required.
  • Participate in activities and programming.
  • Continue meeting restitution obligations and demonstrate reasonable efforts to payment of any court-established repayment plans.
  • Complete random drug and alcohol testing.
  • Sign release of information forms upon at request of probation officer.
  • Complete chemical dependency treatment, if required.
  • Demonstrate progress in meeting goals of case plan.

Phase 4 – Minimum Supervision

Phase 4 is a minimum of 90 days. The participant and the probation officer meet at least once to verify final progress in meeting goals of the case plan. This phase is an opportunity for participants to ready themselves for the Probation Reporting Center program.

Participant expectations

  • Attend regular meetings with probation officers.
  • Participate in activities and programming.
  • Continue meeting restitution obligations and demonstrate reasonable efforts to court-established repayment plans.
  • Complete random drug and alcohol testing.
  • Sign release of information forms upon at request of probation officer.
  • Comply with treatment discharge recommendations.
  • Demonstrate progress in meeting goals of case plan.
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