The Sixth Judicial District and its partners invite you to take part in the SBIRT program for
DWI Offenders. This program seeks to reduce the recidivism rates of first-time offenders and
enhance public safety. Participation is voluntary. Non-participation will not impact the legal
outcomes of your case.
A large proportion of offenders in the criminal justice system have alcohol-related problems.
Therefore it makes sense to implement alcohol screening and brief intervention programs for people
in this setting, particularly for impaired driving offenders. Although most states mandate
screening for impaired drivers, not much effort has been put forth to determine how the screening
process could be improved and expanded to the entire criminal justice population. To address this,
the Sixth Judicial District and its partners developed and implemented a program for screening DWI
A groundbreaking study by the Institute of Medicine (IOM) on unintentional injuries associated
with alcohol use concluded that the public health community should focus on those with mild-to-moderate
alcohol problems in order to significantly reduce unintentional injuries.
Done primarily in the healthcare setting, this program aims to successfully implement SBIRT
into additional community settings. Normative drinkers are believed to account for a higher
proportion of total harmful events because they are more numerous than the high-risk group.
This process assumes that there are physical, social, and financial benefits to reducing the
likelihood of harm as soon as risky behavior has been demonstrated; waiting to address an issue
may result in more costly outcomes as well.
You are being offered this opportunity because you have been charged with a fourth-degree DWI
or an underage drink and drive. If you agree to participate in this program, your involvement will
consist of a brief screening with an appropriate intervention recommendation and a follow up contact
within the next few months. In the future the court system may review your record to see if there
have been any further drinking-related offenses. Completely independent of this process, you
will be required to comply with the Court and probation requirements.
By clicking the 'I Agree' button below, you agree to participate in the program.