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Substance Awareness Traffic Offenders Program (SATOP)
Heartland offers SATOP (Substance Abuse Traffic Offender Programs) for individuals which is funded by DMH and through self-pay from the consumer. These services include a screening and interventions are offered consistent with the screening results as available or through referral. SATOP serves people who are referred as a result of: (1) an administrative suspension or revocation of their drivers’ license, (2) a court order, (3) a condition of probation or plea bargain, or (4) a minor in possession charge. When a person’s driver’s license is suspended or revoked due to a substance-related offense, in accordance with Missouri state law the individual must satisfy SATOP requirements before that person can obtain or regain a driver’s license.
Offender Management Unit (OMU)
The OMU is the portal through which offenders referred to SATOP are evaluated and referred to the most appropriate level of service, either education or treatment, based on criteria established by the Department of Mental Health (DMH) and the professional judgment of a SATOP Qualified Professional (SQP). An accurate evaluation of the offender’s alcohol and/or other drug use is key to effective SATOP service referrals. The assessment screening process consists of a review of the person’s driving record, breath alcohol content at the time of arrest, a computer-interpreted assessment, and an interview with a qualified substance use disorder professional. Based upon the information gathered in the assessment screening process, individuals will receive a referral to complete one of the following four (4) levels of care:
Offender Education Program (OEP)
The OEP is a Level I SATOP education program. It is a ten (10) hour education program primarily designed for low risk, first‐time offenders. The OEP provides the opportunity for individuals to learn about the consequences of driving under the influence of alcohol or other drugs while exploring their own behaviors and ideas for change.
Weekend Intervention Program (WIP) – The WIP is a Level II SATOP education program. It is designed to provide a minimum of twenty (20) hours of specialized intervention services and education for high-risk, first-time offenders and individuals with multiple driving while intoxicated or driving under the influence (DWI/DUI) offenses who are showing signs and symptoms of a substance use disorder with mild to moderate severity. It is conducted during a forty-eight (48) hour weekend in a supervised and structured location.
Clinical Intervention Program (CIP)
The CIP is a Level III SATOP treatment program. It primarily addresses the needs of high-risk first and second-time DWI/DUI offenders, third-time offenders, and individuals identified during the SATOP screening process as meeting diagnostic criteria for a substance use disorder or being at risk for a substance use disorder. Services focus on substance use disorders and the resolution of problems related to substance use and the individual’s drinking and driving behavior. The CIP is fifty (50) hours of outpatient treatment services.
Serious and Repeat Offenders Program (SROP)
The SROP is a Level IV SATOP treatment program. It is designed specifically to address the significant treatment needs of the serious or persistent impaired driving offender. These are primarily individuals with multiple DWI/DUI offenses and are identified through the screening process as having high-risk, high-need risk factors, and a diagnosed substance use disorder. The SROP requires successful completion of a minimum of 75 hours of treatment in no less than 90 days.
Traditional Treatment Program (Level IV)
Although this is not a SATOP program, it is a program that can be used to satisfy the requirements of a SATOP assessment screening referral to a SROP/Level IV level of care if certain criteria is met. This is a treatment program offered by an organization that is state certified or nationally accredited to provide traditional substance use disorder treatment. The purpose of this level of care is similar to the SROP. It is to address the significant treatment needs of the serious or persistent impaired driving offender. These are primarily individuals with multiple DWI/DUI offenses and are identified through the screening process as having high-risk, high-need risk factors, and a diagnosed substance use disorder. Successful completion criteria includes completing a minimum of 75 hours of treatment in no less than 90 days.
Missouri residents who have pled guilty or have been found guilty of an alcohol- or drug-related traffic offense may complete a comparable program in lieu of completing a SATOP assessment screening and the resulting program referral. The following provides more information on what constitutes a SATOP Comparable Program:
SATOP Comparable Program
The individual must complete a program that is a state-certified and/or nationally accredited by the Joint Commission (JC), Commission of the Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF), or Council on Accreditation of Services to Families and Children (COA) as a drug and alcohol treatment program and provides an assessment component. For program services to be considered comparable, the consumer must successfully complete a minimum of 120-hours of treatment. Of the 120 hours, 40 hours must be individual and/or group counseling; the remaining hours may include any combination of the following: driver-related education, individual counseling, group counseling, group education, or family therapy.
Heartland Center for Behavioral Change is state certified by the Missouri Department of Mental Health (DMH) to provide all SATOP services identified above and is nationally accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) to provide substance use detoxification/withdrawal management, outpatient and intensive outpatient treatment services (AKA traditional treatment). Therefore, HCBC is authorized to provide all SATOP services identified above as well as the Traditional Treatment Program (Level IV) and SATOP Comparable Program services.