Our goal is to change unhealthy behaviors and lifestyles into positive ones. Driving while intoxicated or under the influence (DUI) may be a sign that you have a serious substance abuse problem.
At the Behavioral Services Center, we can guide you through a treatment program that will help you overcome your condition using a combination of education and therapy. If you have been mandated by the court to enroll in a substance abuse treatment program, we can guide you through the necessary steps.
The first step is to complete an evaluation given by the court to determine your classification or recommendation. Recommendations levels are as follows:
You must complete a minimum of 10 hours of DUI Risk Education.
You must complete a minimum of 10 hours of DUI Risk Education as well as a minimum of 12 hours of early intervention program provided over a 4-week period. This must be completed with no more than three hours per day in any consecutive 7-day period. If recommended, you will be required to actively participate in ongoing activities as specified in the continuing care plan upon completion of the program.
You must complete a minimum of 10 hours of DUI Risk Education as well as a minimum of 20 hours of outpatient substance abuse treatment. Additionally, after discharge you are required to participate in ongoing activities as specified by the continuing care plan.
You must complete a minimum of 75 hours of intensive outpatient substance abuse treatment and after discharge you are required to participate in ongoing activities as specified by the continuing care plan.
The Illinois DUI laws are constantly updated to increase the effectiveness of DUI programs and hinder driving while under the influence. Here are some recent updates to be aware of:
Effective Jan. 1, 2009
• Required a first-time DUI offender to have a BAIID installed on his/her vehicle as a condition of driving relief. The driver must drive only a vehicle equipped with a BAIID or use an alternative alcohol monitoring device 24 hours a day.
• Replaced the Judicial Driving Permit with the Monitoring Device Driving Permit for first-time DUI offenders.
• Required a driver with a BAIID installed in his/her vehicle because of a second or subsequent DUI conviction to submit to the Secretary of State DUI Admin - istra tion Fund an amount not exceeding $30 for each month he/she uses the device.
• Established a $30 administrative fee paid by the offender for issuance of an MDDP to be deposited into the Monitoring Device Driving Permit Admin - istration Fee Fund.
• Allowed a DUI offender who initially chose not to request an MDDP to petition the court for an MDDP later in the suspension period. An offender is not eligible for an MDDP if he/she was previously convicted of Aggravated DUI involving a death.
• Allowed an MDDP to be cancelled if an offender is convicted of or placed on court supervision for specified offenses, or if an offender attempts to remove the BAIID from his/her vehicle without Secretary of State authorization.
• Increased the suspension period for a first offense for failing chemical testing to 6 months, and 12 months for a first offense for refusing to submit to chemical testing.
• Allowed a driver with an RDP to transport children living in the person’s household to and from day care or an acceptable educational institution.
Effective Aug. 11, 2009
• Increased the penalties for a DUI conviction following a conviction of reckless homicide or a similar provision in any other state to a Class 3 felony (rather than a Class 4) with possible imprisonment of 2-5 years and a $25,000 fine.
• Established mandatory court-ordered restitution for all defendants convicted of DUI that caused personal injury or real or personal property damage.
Effective Jan. 1, 2010
• Allows a person’s vehicle to be seized and forfeited for driving while his/her license is revoked or suspended due to a reckless homicide conviction.
The next step is to call our office in Skokie, Illinois at (847) 673-8577 to set up an appointment.
Be sure to bring with you your evaluation to help us enroll you in the program that suits you best. If you have not yet completed an evaluation, we can perform an evaluation for you as well for selected counties only (e.g., Lake County, Will County, etc). Unfortunately, we are unable to deliver evaluations to Cook County and DuPage County. However, we can perform the Secretary of State evaluations for the reinstatement of a driver’s license for a person arrested in ANY county.
Court-Ordered Domestic Violence Treatment
While it may not be easy for someone to leave an abusive relationship, it is important to know that there are resources available to prevent and protect victims of the abuse. Often, victims of abuse are afraid to leave the relationship for fear of retaliation from the abuser. Abuse takes many forms including physical violence, harassment, intimidation and willful deprivation.
Behavioral Services Center can help victims of domestic violence as well as treat domestic violence offenders through our Partner Abuse Intervention Program (PAIP). The PAIP program helps domestic violence offenders recognize and understand the behaviors that lead to violence towards their female counterparts. This program challenges attitudes such as the justification of violence, the normalization of violence, the belief of male entitlement and oppressive belief systems.
Effective January 1, 2009, the Cindy Bischof Law allows the courts to order an abuser to wear a GPS tracking device as a condition of bail in instances when a restraining order has been violated.
The legislation was sparked by the tragic event surrounding the death of Cindy Bischof whose ex-boyfriend was able to obtain a gun and shoot her in the parking lot of her real estate business, even after he had been arrested and prosecuted for violating a restraining order on two occasions.
In a domestic violence case, if a domestic abuser is arrested for violating a restraining order and appeals for bail, the Cindy Bischof Law requires that the abuser must undergo a risk assessment evaluation and gives the court authority to require a GPS device be worn if bail is granted. In addition, the court must order the abuser to be evaluated by a partner abuse intervention program and order the respondent to follow all recommendations. The law also establishes an abuser’s failure to attend and complete a partner abuse intervention program as a new offense if the restraining order is violated.
The new law also adds at least a $200 additional fine to every penalty on a violation of a restraining order conviction.
Finally, the bill establishes the Domestic Violence Surveillance Program where the supervising authority over the abuser (whether it is the Illinois Department of Corrections, the Patrol Review Board or the court) uses the most modern GPS technology to track domestic violence offenders.
For more information or to set up an appointment, call us at (847) 673-8577.
*Call 911 if you are in immediate danger of domestic violence or have already been hurt.