William Johnson, Administrator
The 2015 funds will be used in the following components:
By funding law enforcement activities (DWI patrols and sobriety checkpoints) the enforcement component will encourage the general public in Dutchess County not to drive while impaired because of an increased probability of being caught and arrested. This is usually evaluated at the end of the year by reviewing data detailing the number of hours per DWI arrest, the number of DWI arrests on regular patrol, the number of arrests on STOP funded patrols, the percentage of alcohol related crashes compared to total crashes, and the number of alcohol-related fatalities and injuries. Appropriations are based on previous performance, as well as each agencies justification for funding.
Deterrence efforts will continue to be reinforced through publication of the results and statistics of law enforcement’s activities throughout the year. The Dutchess County STOP-DWI Program will continue to maintain high visibility to enhance the public’s awareness and perception of an active and effective program.
The following activities will be undertaken in 2015 to accomplish this goal:
The 2015 Plan will continue to support additional District Attorney’s services in Dutchess County to maintain a strong conviction rate for DWI offenders, and to sentence offenders to effective strategies aimed at reducing future impaired driving involvement. A strong DWI conviction rate is an effective deterrence tool for the public as a continued demonstration of Dutchess County’s commitment to the STOP-DWI mission.
Specific activities for this component are:
While the law enforcement and Court related activities address the general public and community regarding impaired driving issues, the population of habitual chronic/ repeat offenders needs more focused and intensive services to change their alcohol/ drug abuse behaviors.
The 2015 Plan will partially support/fund an Intensive Supervision Program (ISP) for DWI offenders with the Office of Probation and Community Corrections totaling $48,000. The ISP program insures closer surveillance and enforcement of Court ordered conditions. In addition, the Probation officers will refer clients to treatment programs, network with other service providers that the offenders will be utilizing, and share their expertise on DWI issues with other Probation and Court officers.
Despite growing societal and community awareness, as well as strong law enforcement efforts, there continues to be drivers who are dependent on alcohol that remain undeterred by legal sanctions. In order to overcome their addiction(s), substance abuse treatment is required. The rehabilitation component of the plan supports assessment, evaluation, and treatment services to determine the nature and extent of alcohol and other drug (AOD) abuse.
Lexington Center for Recovery, Inc., a substance abuse provider contracted by Dutchess County will receive funding totaling $20,000 to support continued evaluation/assessment and clinical treatment services for all Dutchess County residents who apply for such services in connection with a drinking and driving violation.
The Planning Board continues to collaborate with the Dutchess County Department of Mental Hygiene and the Lexington Center to identify and implement evidence based treatment in an effort to attain better outcomes and increased degrees of success. The scope of service requires the provider to utilize Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). Specific performance goals for the CBT group(s) include drug testing a minimum of once/month, 50% successful completion, and pre/post testing. Outcome data continues to reveal significant increases in the percentage of successful completions, and reductions in the percentaged of positive drug screens for offenders in the CBT groups.
Due to continued positive outcomes relating to CBT the 2015 plan again requires the Lexington Center for Recovery, Inc. to utilize the CBT modality for all services provided.
Also, funding ($7,900) to support a Cognitive Behavioral Therapy-Coping Skills group conducted onsite at the DC Probation Department targeting high risk impaired driving offenders. The group will be facilitated by contracted clinical staff (Dr. Elizabeth Quinn- Teed, PhD. Marist College). This has proven to be a model program in New York State.
Public Information / Education
In an effort to continue raising community awareness, specifically for the new or soon to be driver, the 2015 plan continues with a focus on reaching our youth. The plan’s activities are aimed at impacting the continued over representation of drivers less than age 25 in alcohol related arrests and fatal and personal injury crashes.
The plan will continue to offer educational programming for students in elementary through the college level. Educational materials will also be distributed at targeted community and public events.
The following activities will be funded:
To assist the STOP- DWI Planning Board in their on-going advisory role, this plan will continue to fund administrative support for:
Dutchess County STOP-DWI Planning Board
Ernest Floegel, Chairman; L. Eric Bickmann, Angela Flesland, William V. Grady, Michael Hill, Margaret Hirst, Nick Johnson, Bradford Kendall, Lt. Frank LaMonica (DCSO), Sgt. Christine Lopez (NYSP), Tony Marchese, John Merwin, Ann Rush, John Thomes, Matthew S. Vetare, James Warner III, and William C. Johnson, Coordinator.