It is a difficult and burdensome process to address and resolve a DUII violation. Cascade Pathways is happy to assist in providing information about how to do this. The following is a summary of the process and requirements.
If a person receives a DUII, there will be a court-hearing in court to determine if the person is allowed a diversion agreement or if there is a legal conviction. In either case a person must participate in and complete a DUII treatment program. Cascade Pathways is one of only a few agencies in this area authorized to provide this type of treatment program.
Following the court hearing, the person must seek out an Alcohol and other Drug Screening Specialist (ADSS), who provides an initial determination of risk factors and requirements for treatment. This generally involves a one-time meeting, from which a person is referred to a program such as Cascade Pathways that will provide the required level of treatment. In Benton County there are only two individuals who are certified by the state as an ADSS – Heather Grott, Heather Grott Evaluations (541-990-6038, firstname.lastname@example.org) and George Baskerville, Centerpoint Evaluations (541-520-3115, email@example.com). In Linn County there is Debby Wilson, 541-971-0766 and Gregory Smith, 541-730-0532.
Following your meeting with the ADSS, you will be provided a list of area treatment providers who are approved by the State of Oregon to offer DUII treatment services. At this time you can request specifically to be referred to Cascade Pathways, or one of the other programs if you have another preference. All DUII treatment programs have the same requirements for completion, listed below. The programs differ in philosophy and services offered.
The ADSS interview will determine whether a person must complete standard DUII treatment or, in rare cases, complete what is called a “DUII Information Only” program. Cascade Pathways offers both of these services. For DUII treatment the following is required to complete:
- At least 12 consecutive weeks of monitored abstinence from alcohol and any other non-prescribed drugs (including marijuana, kratom and similar mood-altering substances). If there is any such substance use during this time, treatment must begin again and treatment length or required level of services may be increased.
- This usually involves at least weekly counseling sessions, either individual or group.
- UA testing is required at the beginning and end of the treatment period, as well as at least twice a month and on a random basis.
- During this time a person must also attend and verify attendance at 12 alcohol or other drug recovery support groups, such as (but not limited to) Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, Refuge Recovery programs.
- There will also be a pre- and post-treatment test covering relevant information regarding alcohol and drugs, effects and laws that is developed by the state.
- At the completion of the program and upon the payment of all fees, the participant will receive from the treatment program the DUII/DMV Treatment certificate, which is required for reinstatement of one’s driver’s license.
While most programs require participants to be in what can be a large treatment group process, Cascade Pathways generally relies on providing individual counseling for DUII treatment. While groups of similarly motivated participants can have great benefit, Cascade Pathways recognizes the tremendous vulnerability inherent in counseling and need for confidentiality for anyone receiving DUII treatment services. For those who are sincere in their desire to address substance abuse problems to be in a group with others who may not be similarly motivated can be a serious disservice to those who are serious and motivated.
DUII Treatment Program Costs: Cascade Pathways, where possible, will seek insurance reimbursement for the cost of treatment services. In circumstances where a client either does not have insurance or is not able to afford the costs of treatment beyond what is covered by insurance, Cascade Pathways, through the assistance of a grant provided by the State of Oregon through Benton County, can offer greatly reduced fees for DUII treatment services.