The Intoxicated Driver Program is designed to provide education or treatment to people convicted of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated, with the intent of reducing re-offending.
Upon conviction, the court orders the offender to be assessed by an agency operated or contracted by the county in which the driver lives. Each county designates one agency to conduct the assessments. Tribes may establish an assessment facility for tribal members. Assessments are conducted according to a standardized interview procedure, but may also involve an analysis of other relevant information, including a review of available records and reports, and information provided by other people.
Find county/tribal Intoxicated Driver Program coordinators and assessment facilities
The Department of Health Services maintains a directory of all county/tribal Intoxicated Driver Program coordinators and assessment facilities.
Driver safety plan
The assessor's finding is used in the development of a driver safety plan, which outlines the driver's obligations in response to the finding. Response measures vary depending on the type of finding. For instance, a person who is found to have irresponsible alcohol use is required to attend a traffic safety program (or a similar educational program), in which participants discuss, in a group setting, their substance use habits and lifestyle modifications that may help avoid intoxicated driving. People who are found to have a substance use disorder are required to undergo a comprehensive treatment program, which may include up to 30 days of inpatient services. Driver safety plans may also include other elements, at the option of the assessment agency, including mandatory attendance at an intoxicated driving victim impact panel, or a psychiatric evaluation. The treatment or other measures required under a driver safety plan are provided by service providers approved by the county or tribe. The driver safety plan is in effect for a period determined by the assessor. Plans generally may not exceed one year, but can be extended beyond the one-year period with the approval of the Department of Transportation. The county or tribe is responsible for tracking an offender’s progress through the program and informing the Department of Transportation if and when an offender has completed the program, so that the Department of Transportation may reinstate the offender’s driving privileges.
Resources for assessors, coordinators, and supervisors
The Department of Health Services maintains a library of forms for the Intoxicated Driver Program.
The following is a list of rules and regulations.
- Wis. Stat. § 51.42 - Community mental health, developmental disabilities, alcoholism and drug abuse services
- Wis. Stat. ch. 343 - Operators' licenses
- Wis. Stat. ch. 346 - Rules of the road
- Wis. Admin. Code ch. DHS 62 - Assessment of drivers with alcohol or controlled substance problems
- Wis. Admin. Code ch. TRANS 107 - Driver licensing of persons with chemical abuse or dependency problems
The Department of Health Services requires that people enrolling in the Intoxicated Driver Program Assessor Training have certain knowledge that is not provided through the training program. Many of the professions currently eligible to be Intoxicated Driver Program assessors do not learn about substance use disorders, psychoactive substances, interviewing skills, assessment techniques, and effective treatment strategies in their educational programs. This knowledge is needed to effectively assess impaired drivers. To determine your eligibility to enroll in the Intoxicated Driver Program Assessor Training, complete this application.
New regulations for providers coming soon
Effective October 1, 2022, intoxicated driver programs must be certified under revised Wis. Admin. Code ch. DHS 75. Specifically, intoxicated driver programs are required to the follow the regulations listed in Wis. Admin. Code § DHS 75.15 in the revised Wis. Admin. Code ch. DHS 75. For more information on the implementation of the revised Wis. Admin. Code ch. DHS 75, visit the Revised DHS 75 Implementation webpage.
For more information
Call the Intoxicated Driver Program coordinator at 608-640-7291 or email the Division of Care and Treatment Services.