A full spectrum of DUI Services is available at Changes Place to include DUI Evaluation, Remedial Education, and Early Intervention/Treatment services. Our DUI Program is licensed by Illinois DHS-DASA and recognized by Illinois court systems and the Illinois Office of the Secretary of State. Clinical staff has been thoroughly trained in the Illinois driver’s license reinstatement process and will work with individuals to make positive lifestyle changes necessary to be considered an eligible candidate for driving relief.
The DUI Evaluation process is a face-to-face interview to determine risk factors associated with driving under the influence and signs and symptoms that may indicate an alcohol and/or drug use disorder. Minimum information required to complete the DUI Evaluation is a current Court Purposes Driver’s Abstract, BAC results of DUI arrest and one Collateral Contact (a documented talk with someone who knows you well). Upon completion of the DUI Evaluation, recommendations will be made for DUI services in one of the four categories (Minimal Risk, Moderate Risk, Significant Risk, and High Risk).
Driver Remedial Education (Risk Education)
Education based on alcohol/drugs facts and the effect on the user, families, and society. Information regarding signs and symptoms of alcohol and/or drug use disorders. Information on intervention treatments and community resources available to help individuals with alcohol or drug related problems.
The DUI Minimal Risk Program is a program established to educate individuals of the risk associated with alcohol and/or drug use, to define substance abuse/dependence, demonstrates the effects of chemical abuse on families, and the effects of driving under the influence. This program consists of a minimum of 10 hours of remedial education.
The DUI Moderate Risk Program is a combination of 10 hours of remedial education and a minimum of 12 hours of an early intervention program focusing on an individual’s relationship to alcohol or other drugs and establishing healthy coping skills necessary to avoid future substance-related problems.
The DUI Significant Risk Program is a combination of a minimum of 10 hours remedial education and a minimum of 20 hours of outpatient treatment focusing on addressing the individual’s alcohol and/or drug use disorder. Recommendation for continuing care will be determined based upon individual needs.
The DUI High Risk Program consists of a minimum of 75 hours of outpatient substance treatment established to address the individual’s alcohol and/or drug use disorder. Continuing care recommendations will be made based upon individual needs.
Continuing care is available to all clients based on individual necessity. Generally, continuing care is either group or individual counseling, or a combination thereof that is offered for continued education, treatment, or support following the termination of his or her primary treatment program. Continuing care is recommended on an individual basis and is solely determined by individual need and circumstance. Continuing care places an emphasis on maintaining positive lifestyle changes, relapse prevention, and utilizing community resources for continued support.
DUI Evaluation Update
In preparation for a Secretary of State hearing for the purpose of issuance of a restricted driving permit (RDP) or full driver’s license reinstatement, the state requires all individuals applying for driving relief have a DUI evaluation that is less than six months old at the time of each hearing. A DUI Evaluation Update is a face-to-face interview that serves as an updated report in addition to the initial DUI Evaluation Uniform Report, and all subsequent reports, that aids the Secretary of State’s office in understanding what has transpired in an individual’s life since the completion of the last report. The update also serves as an assessment of whether or not current risk factors are present that would warrant additional substance abuse treatment recommendations.
Secretary of State Denial Order Resolution
This service is offered to address all issues raised within a Secretary of State Denial Order. All clinical issues raised within a Denial Order must be addressed prior to attending a subsequent hearing. Denial Order Resolution is conducted through individual counseling in which the order is carefully reviewed with the individual who has received the order and each issue is specifically addressed accordingly.
Treatment Needs Assessment
The Treatment Needs Assessment is an AODA assessment tool that is used to determine whether or not current substance abuse treatment services are warranted. The Treatment Needs Assessment is required by the Secretary of State’s office when a DUI Evaluation Uniform Report is completed post-treatment or where it is required for the purpose of denial order resolution.
Changes Place professional staff understands the unique needs of our client population. It is our goal to provide the greatest level of service available. To that end, Changes Place utilizes all community resources available to help individuals and families achieve a greater quality of life. If for any reason it is found that the programs offered at Changes Place are not a good fit, we will work with clients and families to find an agency that is best suited to meet their individual needs.