ELEVATE HELPS NAVIGATE THE OWI PROCESS
You have recently been convicted of operating while under the influence. Elevate’s OWI program will assist you with:
- Maintaining your driving privileges
- Educating you and addressing any substance use issues
Under Wisconsin Administrative Codes, you have been court-ordered to:
- Schedule an assessment within 72 hours of your court date
- Complete an assessment within 14 days of the court order, or 30 days after the Department of Transportation order
- Complete referrals as identified on your Driver Safety Plan
- Pay assessment fees
If you are a Washington County resident, your first step is to contact Elevate to schedule your assessment . If you live outside of Washington County, please find the facility for your county here. Failure to complete an assessment will result in non-compliance, the consequence of which is suspension of driving privileges including occupational licenses.
An assessment is an interview process designed to explore and address alcohol and/or other drug use behaviors. It is mandatory for every person convicted of operating a vehicle while under the influence. Addressing this issue now will avoid increased costs and penalties.
During the assessment, an Elevate Specialist will:
- Conduct an interview to identify drug and alcohol use habits
- Develop a Driver Safety Plan
Any information obtained through an assessment is strictly confidential keeping with Federal Regulation (42 CFR, Part II).
DRIVER SAFETY PLAN
As part of the assessment process, a Driver Safety Plan (DSP) will be developed. This plan will:
- Reveal an understanding of drug and alcohol habits
- Provide education or treatment opportunities
- Include referrals to other agencies
Clients are encouraged to contact referral agencies in a timely manner.
You will be charged an assessment fee. Specific fee rates will be shared when you call for your appointment. All fees must be paid in full to Elevate at your initial appointment. Cash, money order and credit or debit cards may be used for payment. Personal checks are not accepted.
A 48-hour notice is required when cancelling or changing appointments. Failure to do so will result in an assessment fee increase.
Treatment Alternatives and Diversion Program
The Washington County Treatment Alternatives and Diversion (TAD) Program, which started in July 2017, is a pre-trial diversion program for individuals with an opioid use disorder. This program represents a commitment from multiple county agencies and professionals to respond to the opioid epidemic in Washington County. The program emphasizes the importance of engaging in the treatment process and developing a sober lifestyle in addition to accountability and compliance with the program requirements.
The program is open to adult residents of Washington County with a pending charge for possession of narcotic drugs without a history of violent offenses. The program will be part of a year-long deferred prosecution agreement through the court system. During involvement in the program clients are expected to:
- Maintain absolute sobriety
- Engage in the recommended AODA treatment
- Participate in frequent alcohol and drug testing
- Attend individual appointments with their case manager and work on attaining goals outlined in a Diversion Plan
If a client successfully completes the program, their criminal offense may be dismissed, allowing them to avoid a potential felony conviction.We believe with a strong support system, the proper treatment, and coordination of services across multiple systems, clients will have the ability to make long-term behavior changes supportive of a sober lifestyle. By addressing the substance use that often contributes to criminal behavior, we hope that clients who successfully complete the program are able to avoid future interaction with the legal system.
This program was developed in partnership with Washington County, Elevate, the Circuit Court Judges, District Attorney’s Office, Public Defender’s Office, Department of Corrections, Sheriff’s Department, and other community agencies and professionals.
This document provides a complete summary of the TAD program in Washington County.