In addition to completing the 14 day in-patient DUIL Program in Tewksbury, Massachusetts, repeat DUI offenders in Massachusetts, including those convicted of a 2nd offense DUI or a 3rd offense DUI, are customarily required to complete an approved aftercare program.
Aftercare programs are licensed by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, and participants are required to fully participate as a condition of DUI probation. The failure to successfully complete the required aftercare program will likely result in a probation violation.
The DUI Aftercare Program provides participants with an opportunity to explore their use of alcohol and other drugs, discover internal strengths to live free from these substances, and discover the resources which can help develop and maintain a healthy life-style free of alcohol and drugs.
Aftercare is broken down into the following components: lntake Assessment, Weekly Group Counseling Individual Counseling, Quarterly Reviews, Monthly Group Counseling, Self-Help Meetings, Urine Screens, random breathalyzers, and an Individual Discharge Session.
A minimum of one urine screen will be conducted during the weekly group counseling sessions and/or the monthly group counseling sessions. This urine screen will be random, supervised by program staff, and tested by a licensed clinical lab. The results will be forwarded to the client’s referring court. Any positive readings of illegal drug and/or alcohol use may require a more intensive urine screen program for the client.
Breathalyzer reading will be conducted every 90 days in accordance with State licensing regulations. These tests will be conducted randomly and administered by the primary clinician. The results will be forwarded to the client’s referring court.
All clients will be scheduled for an individual interview within 60 days prior to termination from probation and after all sessions are completed. A summary of the client’s full service participation, payment of all program fees, treatment progress, and a final recommendation will be prepared for the client’s referring court. The client will be issued “discharge summary” with a “risk of recidivism.” This document is extremely important to the Registry of Motor Vehicles and Board of Appeal, when it comes to consideration for a hardship license. Registry Hearing Officers and Board of Appeal members take this document into consideration when deciding whether or not to grant a hardship license.