Georgia law establishes the Department of Behavioral Health & Developmental Disabilities (DBHDD) rules. The DBHDD Office of Addictive Diseases (DAD), DUI Intervention program (DUIIP) is designated as the agency to implement the provisions of the rules.
Under the current law, DBHDD is responsible for approving clinical evaluators and treatment providers and establishing regulations to implement the program.
The mission of DUI Intervention Program (DUIIP) is to improve public health and promote greater safety on the highways and streets of Georgia. The Risk Reduction Programs and DUI Intervention Program as part of the continuum of Substance Abuse Services will help change attitudes and behaviors involving the use of alcohol and other drugs.
As Defined by the Official Code of Georgia
To improve and promote greater safety upon the highways and streets of this state; to improve the attitude and driving habits of drivers who accumulate traffic accident and motor vehicle conviction records; and to provide uniform DUI Alcohol or Drug Use Risk Reduction Programs for the rehabilitation of persons identified as reckless or negligent drivers and frequent violators.
A clinical evaluation must be completed on all DUI offenders to determine the need for treatment. The evaluation must be performed by an approved Clinical Evaluator, which can be found on the DUI Intervention Program Registry at www.gaduiintervention.dbhdd.ga.gov. The information obtained from the evaluation process must be sufficient to diagnose or rule out a substance-related disorder according to nationally recognized diagnostic criteria, using the current edition of the DSM Manual. If treatment is required, the Clinical Evaluator will recommend treatment at an appropriate level of care based on the American Society of Addiction Medicine’s Patient Placement Criteria (revised) (ASAM PPC-2R. Also see http://www.asam.org/ppc/ppc2.htm). Georgia law requires an independent clinical evaluation, and prohibits an approved clinician from evaluating and treating the same offender.
Substance Abuse Treatment
The required, DUI offenders must choose a treatment provider that offers the ASAM level of care specified by the clinical evaluator. Substance abuse treatment may last up to one year. After the specified weeks of treatment are completed, a treatment plan review will be conducted to determine if the client needs to continue with more counseling, or if the client should be issued a Certificate of Treatment Completion.
After enrollment in treatment, and when the client is successfully engaged in the treatment process, the multiple DUI offenders who are eligible for a restricted drivers license (aka work permit) will receive a Verification of Treatment Enrollment Form.
If a client drops out of treatment, or is terminated from treatment before completion, the client will be required to re-enter treatment beginning at week one. The minimum number weeks of treatment will be required.
If the DUI Intervention Program client who was issued a Treatment Enrollment form drops out of treatment, or is dismissed from treatment, a Withdrawal / Dismissal letter will formally document dismissal from treatment. A copy of the letter will be forwarded from DBHDD to the Department of Drivers Services (DDS). In the event the client has been issued a temporary driving permit, the permit may be revoked by DDS.
When the client has completed all treatment and program requirements, the client will be issued a Treatment Completion Certificate. No offender who has complied with a treatment plan can be required to remain in treatment more that one year.
The DUI Intervention Program’s list of Clinical Evaluators and Treatment Programs are located on the Internet at
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DUI Intervention Program
2 Peachtree Street, N.W. Suite 22-285.
Atlanta, GA 30303
PHONE: (404) 657-6433
FAX: (404) 657-6417