The Department of Behavioral Health & Developmental Disabilities (DBHDD) rules is established by State of Georgia law The DBHDD Division 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.
All DUI offenders who get a second or subsequent DUI within a five-year period before 7-1-08 are required, as a condition of license reinstatement, to get a clinical evaluation.
The timeframe is measured from the date of arrests for the previous convictions to the date of the current arrest for which the current conviction is obtained.
Effective 7-1-08, all DUI offenders are required to have a clinical evaluation and complete treatment if recommended as a standard condition of probation unless specifically waived by the judge for first offenders.
All DUI offenders who get a second or subsequent DUI within a ten-year period effective 7-1-08 are required, as a condition of license reinstatement, to get a clinical evaluation.
The ten (10) year period could conceivably go back to July 1, 1998 depending on when the second offense occurs.
If indicated by the evaluation, the DUI offender is also required to complete a substance abuse treatment program.
These requirements, effective July 1, 2009, are in addition to all other existing requirements for license reinstatement.
DUI School or Risk Reduction Program (RRP)
The RRP consists of a highly structured education/intervention curriculum designed to prevent alcohol and drug abuse and dependence by changing attitudes and behaviors. The program offers “therapeutic education” for people who make high-risk drinking choices. The curriculum serves those offenders who do not have alcoholism or other substance abuse dependence through its prevention message, while still reaching offenders with dependence with its non-threatening pre-treatment content.
During their attendance at the Risk Reduction Program, multiple offenders are informed in writing about the clinical evaluation and substance abuse treatment requirements.
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.mop.uga.edu. 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 driver’s 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 Multiple Offender 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 DUIIP GA Website