waukesha county's alcohol treatment court

the four phases

The offender and caseworker meet at least once a week during the program's first phase that lasts two months.

A treatment plan is developed and the participant submits to random alcohol tests at least twice a week. 

Caseworkers Kristy Gusse or Andrea Wolf may also show up unannounced for home visits. 

The offender must appear before the presiding judge every two weeks during this phase.

The second and third phases last three months each.

Regular attendance at alcohol support group meetings, random alcohol tests and home visits continue as part of the routine.

However, the meetings with the judge and caseworkers are spread out during these phases.

Participants must meet with the caseworkers every two weeks and appear before the judge once each month.

During the final phase, which lasts four months, program requirements continue. Convicted drunk drivers appear before the judge once every two months during the last phase.

Participants must also attend a Victim Impact Panel while in the treatment program.

There they listen as those who have suffered as a result of drunk driving accidents tell their stories.

The minimum time spent in the Alcohol Treatment Program is a year, but most participants take longer to graduate, according to Wolf.

The length of time each convicted drunk driver spends in the program depends on the progress made while receiving treatment.

Slipups are costly and may mean more time in a phase.

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