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Alcohol & Other Drug Abuse Treatment Programs

What is an AODA Program?

Alcohol and other drug abuse (AODA) treatment programs, also know as community substance abuse programs, are a wide range of programs for persons affected by alcohol or drugs. These programs include detox centers, day treatment, inpatient/outpatient facilities, residential programs, and intervention/prevention efforts.

Will I have to complete an AODA assessment if I'm convicted of OWI?

If you're convicted of an OWI, under Wisconsin Administrative Codes, you will be court-ordered to:

  • Schedule an assessment within 72 hours of your court date

  • Complete an assessment within 14 days of the court order, or 30 days after the Department of Transportation order

  • Complete referrals as identified on your Driver Safety Plan

  • Pay assessment fees

What happens at the assessment?

An assessment is an interview process designed to explore and address alcohol and/or other drug use. The goal of the assessment is to identify and address issues that may lead to a future OWI offense. 

During the assessment, the assessor will:

  • Conduct an interview to identify drug and alcohol use habits

  • Develop a Driver Safety Plan


Any information provided during an assessment is strictly confidential.

What happens after the assessment?

As part of the assessment process, a Driver Safety Plan (DSP) will be developed.  This plan will:

  • Reveal an understanding of drug and alcohol use

  • Provide education or treatment opportunities

  • Include referrals to other agencies if additional treatment is needed.


Is there a fee?


Yes, there is an assessment fee. The amount of the fee differs between counties. Please consult the "Counties" tab at the top of this page for more information on a particular county.