Substance abuse assessors and treatment providers play a crucial role in planning for, intervention and supervision of hardcore drunk driving offenders. Ideally, these offenders should be screened and, when indicated, receive a comprehensive alcohol/substance abuse assessment by a licensed or certified assessor. It is essential that the results of these assessments be shared with the court and probation officers for inclusion in the development of pre- sentence reports as well as supervision and treatment plans. Additionally, many hardcore drunk driving offenders will require treatment interventions (e.g. detoxification; individual, group, or family alcohol or drug counseling).

The formation of working relationships with treatment providers will allow substance abuse assessors to contribute to the development of measureable treatment goals. Including assessment and treatment providers with other stakeholders at regular meetings promotes the open and balanced multi-disciplinary approach. One state’s ethics advisory committee has even approved of a judge accepting a position as an unpaid board member for the local DWI countermeasure school that provides substance abuse assessments and education courses for hardcore drunk driving offenders.4