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What is Level I Education?

What is Level II Education?

What is Level II Therapy?

Proof of Attendance in DUI Classes

Motor Vehicle/Driver's License Requirements


Ignition Interlock Update

Ignition Interlock Education and Treatment

DUI Providers

Persistent Drunk Driver (PDD) Program

Related/Resource Links





OBH Treatment Directory (LinkingCare)  

LI and LII Education and Therapy Directory 




In accordance with 2 CCR 502-1 Behavioral Health Rules, OBH develops and enforces rules for licensed Level I and Level II DUI education and treatment programs. Approximately 25,000 DUI offenders are referred to these programs each year.


Level I and Level II Services can only be completed at programs licensed by OBH to provide these services.


Licensed programs must use an OBH approved DUI specific curriculum in the delivery of Level I and Level II services.  DUI education and therapy services must be provided in person, face-to-face.


If alcohol/drug education or treatment services were received at programs out of state or at Colorado programs not licensed by OBH to provide Level I/Level II Services. Then those services may be evaluated to determine if they are comparable to Colorado’s requirements for the purpose of driver's license reinstatement. DUI licensed programs can evaluate treatment done at programs not licensed by OBH to provide DUI services, but can only grant Level II credit for therapy, not education, and only if certain criteria are met. Only OBH can evaluate education done at programs not licensed by OBH to provide DUI services for determination of Level I/Level II Education credit.


Level I Education consists of 12 hours of DUI education over a minimum 3-day period, not more than 4 hours can be conducted in one calendar day. Typically conducted in a group or class. Level I Education is not appropriate for someone who has had more than one impaired driving offense, or one offense with a high BAC or refusal.




Level II Education consists of 24 hours of DUI education over 12 weeks. Typically conducted in a group setting, class size is limited to not more than 12 regularly attending. Level II Education can be recommended by itself or may be followed by Level II Therapy.




When Level II Therapy is required it follows Level II Education and can range in length from 5 to 10 months depending on the track assigned. Track assignment depends on whether a person has prior impaired driving offenses, their BAC (or refusal to take a test) and other clinical indicators. These track recommendations are made by the alcohol/drug evaluator (probation) or in the absence of an evaluation, the DUI licensed treatment agency.


The following are the Level II therapy track guidelines:


For impaired driving offenses on or after 01/01/14:

Track A, 42 hours over 21 weeks, usually for a first time offender with a BAC below .15; 

Track B, 52 hours over 26 weeks, usually for a first time offender with a BAC of .15 or above or refusal; 

Track C, 68 hours over 34 weeks, usually for someone with a prior DWAI/DUI, and a BAC below .15; 

Track D, 86 hours over 43 weeks, usually for someone with a prior DWAI/DUI, and a BAC of .15 or above or refusal.


Programs licensed by OBH to provide DUI services are required to furnish a copy of the DRS (Discharge or DUI/DWAI Referral Summary) to clients at no charge, within ten business days following client discharge from education/treatment.


If you are trying to get your driver’s license reinstated and need documentation (DRS) that you completed classes you can contact the agency where you attended to obtain the DRS.


If you are unable to get this information from the agency, OBH may have it in our database. You must complete a Consent for the Release of Confidential Information form in order for OBH to search for this information in our database. Completed forms must be faxed, mailed or hand delivered to OBH. OBH contact information is on the form.


An alcohol program the court orders you to complete may differ from your Motor Vehicle reinstatement requirements.


Education and therapy classes must begin after the date of your most recent alcohol violation.


Colorado Revised Statute (CRS 42-2-132) requires completion of a OBH licensed Level I or Level II alcohol education and therapy program.


Motor vehicle law is complicated and there are many variables that impact a person’s driver’s license status and conditions for reinstatement. The Division of Motor Vehicles, Driver Control customer service number (303-205-5613) can be called for specific information about the requirements for driver’s license reinstatement. Or you can visit the motor vehicle website at here and click on Driver's License Reinstatement.


Completion of a Level I alcohol education program is required when a minor driver has had their licensed/privilege revoked for one year for their first DUI, DWAI or .02 or more BAC conviction, for a violation that was received while under the age of 21. A minor driver may be required to complete Level II education or Level II education and therapy depending on the alcohol evaluator’s recommendations.


MVD Level II requirements always include both Level II Education and Level II Therapy.


Level II education and therapy is required when a driver is:


Convicted of 2 alcohol violations that occurred within 5 years, OR 


Convicted of 3 or more alcohol violations in a lifetime, OR 


Revoked for having a BAC of .15 or greater (prior to 01/01/14, .17 or greater) 


Revoked for multiple BAC tests of .08 or more (Per Se) 


Revoked for refusal to take the test (on or after 01/01/14)       


Note:  DMV has mandatory 2 year interlock requirement in these circumstances. For more information about interlock restricted licenses you can visit the DMV website here.    


Pursuant to CRS 42-1-102 (68.5) a persistent drunk driver includes someone with a high BAC first offense, one or more prior impaired driving offenses, or someone who refuses to take the test (for offenses on or after 01/01/14).


DMV does not determine the number of hours of therapy a person is required to do for Level II Therapy. If an alcohol evaluation has been done by probation for the last offense, then those recommendations should be followed. If no evaluation has been done, results are not available, or if the evaluator only recommended Level II Education, then the OBH Level II Therapy track guidelines should be used by the DUI licensed treatment agency to determine the number of hours of therapy required to fulfill DMV requirements.




The DUI laws changed January 1, 2014


Those who refuse to take the test (even if it is their 1st offense) are now required to complete Level II Education and Level II Therapy AND have a two year ignition interlock requirement.


The defined persistent drunk driver BAC level dropped from .17% to .15%.


DUI offenders who have lengthy driver’s license revocation periods due to multiple DUIs or refusals now may be eligible to reinstate with the installation of an ignition interlock and enrollment in Level II.


DUI counselors must get training in Interlock Enhancement Counseling (IEC). It is a licensing requirement that at least one counselor at each DUI licensed site must attend the 1 day IEC training.




Ignition interlock devices have long been used as a means of reducing recidivism for persons with impaired driving offenses.  In an article from 2011, the American Journal of Preventive Medicine concluded that “methods for combining interlock programs with alcohol treatment programs should be explored further as a potential means of extending the effectiveness of interlock beyond the period during which they are installed”.


With funding from the Persistent Drunk Driver Fund, a protocol was developed four years ago called Interlock Enhancement Counseling©® (IEC) to be used as an adjunct to DUI education and treatment for those DUI offenders who have an interlock installed in their vehicles. It is a 10 hour motivationally based brief intervention that consists of 4 brief individual sessions and 4 groups. OBH has received much interest and recognition for this initiative from both national and international colleagues. We've already trained over 300 counselors in Colorado in IEC.


OBH's proposed rules will require DUI licensed programs to include education about interlocks in their education groups, screen their DUI clients for interlock usage and requirements, and offer interlock counseling to those clients who are eligible.


The number of interlock users has increased from 6,000 to about 12,000 in the last 5 years. With changes to the law being made this legislative session, it is expected that number may easily double again in the next 5 years.


In an effort to implement the interlock education and counseling pieces fully, throughout Colorado, OBH’s Ignition Interlock Education and Treatment Policy will be going into went into effect July 1, 2013. The purpose of the policy is to guide the process of incorporating interlock education and counseling into DUI education and treatment programs licensed by OBH.


Please review: The OBH Interlock Policy, a description of IEC and recently revised Implementation Guidelines.

 OBH IEC Policy  

 IEC Description 

 Revised IEC Guidelines for Implementation

 IEC Frequently Asked Questions, Updated 6/21/2013 


If you are already in compliance with the OBH Ignition Interlock Education & Treatment policy, thank you.


The OBH Interlock Policy went into effect July 2013 and requires DUI licensed programs to: 


  • Screen all their DUI clients for interlock requirements

  • Include Interlock education in Level I and Level II Education

  • Offer interlock counseling to eligible clients

  • Train DUI counselors in Interlock Enhancement Counseling (IEC)




Download the revised 2013 DUI Education Legal Supplement. This is a Colorado specific supplement for use with all DUI Level I and Level II Education programs.


Pursuant to legislation passed in 1998 penalties were increased for high BAC and repeat DUI offenders. Referred to as the Persistent Drunk Driver Act of 1998, this legislation defined the PDD and created the PDD Cash Fund, which is funded by a surcharge imposed on convicted DWAI/DUI offenders. Monies in the PDD fund are subject to annual appropriation by the general assembly with the scope of their use stipulated by statute. Overall, the primary purpose of the fund is to support programs that are intended to deter persistent drunk driving or intended to education the public, with particular emphasis on the education of young drivers, regarding the dangers of persistent drunk driving. In recent years the scope of the fund was expanded to include assisting indigent DUI offenders with the cost for required treatment or intervention services.


Related/Resource Links:


If you have specific questions regarding DUI/DWAI offender education and treatment, please contact any of the following OBH staff: 





12th Annual OBH DUI Treatment Providers Training presentation powerpoints. 





(Please share this information with other staff)

1.  September is NATIONAL RECOVERY MONTH a national observance that educates Americans on the fact that addiction treatment and mental health services can enable those with a mental and/or substance use disorder to live a healthy and rewarding life. CELEBRATE SUCCESSES. THANKS FOR ALL YOU DO!


2.  The Office of Behavioral Health is in the process of revising their agency rules.  If you would like a draft of the proposed revisions please e-mail Ryan Templeton  (ryan.templeton@state.co.us) at the OBH.  Feedback and suggestions are welcomed and will be gathered, reviewed and documented until the end of business on September 11, 2015.


  • Look for an announcement soon for an upcoming DUI stakeholder meeting to talk about proposed DUI rules anticipated for the next phase of agency rule revision.  We are talking about creating a new level of service for felony DUI offenders,  Level III treatment.




  • This legal supplement specifically references Colorado law and must be used in addition to  the legal aspects segment of the DUI education curriculum being used. The supplement includes recent changes in the law regarding FELONY DUIs.  
  • Click HERE for the supplement. A copy of the supplement will remain on the OBH website, DUI Services page, under Related/Resource Links


4.  GROUP FACILITATION SKILLS for DUI counselors; this training will refresh and renew your group skills  and teach practical strategies for balancing the use of a manulaized curricula with individualizing client care .  Click HERE for the GFS flyer. 

  • 09/25/15 Golden
  • 10/19/15 Grand Junction
  • 11/09/15 Colorado Springs


5.  DUI CURRICULUM TRAINING: Note: Formal training in the curriculum being used is an OBH licensing requirement.  



  • DRIVING WITH CARE (DWC), all counselors facilitating DWC must go through the 2-day training. Click HERE for the DWC flyer. Contact CIDRE to register – 303-442-5780.

    • 10/22/15-10/23/15 Grand Junction
    • 11/16/15 – 11/17/15 Colorado Springs
  • DRIVING WITH CARE-UDD,  Education and Treatment of the UNDERAGE impaired driving.  There is only ONE training scheduled each year. Click HERE for the DWC-UDD flyer.  Contact  CIDRE to register – 303-442-5780.

    • 09/29/15 Golden


  • INTERLOCK ENHANCMENT COUNSELING (IEC), at least one DUI counselor at each DUI licensed  site must take this training. It is strongly encourage that ALL DUI counselors take the IEC training. Click HERE for the IEC  flyer. Contact CIDRE to register – 303-442-5780.

    • 10/6/15 Golden
    • 10/26/16 Colorado Springs
    • 12/15/15 Golden


  • IMPAIRED DRIVER EDUCATION & THERAPY PROGRAM (IDEP) all counselors facilitating IDEP must  go through the 1-day training. Contact The Change Companies, 888-889-8866.

    • 10/21/15 Denver


6.  No DUIcolorado website – marketing materials 


  • The noDUIcolorado website has become a valuable resource for individuals in our state.  If  you, or  you know others in your community, who want website materials, they can be ordered directly from Webb Strategic, who OBH has contracted with to development market  www.noDUIcolorado.org  Click HERE  for a catalog of materials available. 


7.  Remember to use the new Interstate Compact forms click here 


8.  FREE WEBINAR Counseling Clients with Co-Occurring Disorders


  • WWW.NAADAC.ORG Wed, Sep 23, 2015 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM MDT.  This free webinar will introduce the learner to the ideas and concepts behind both diagnosing and treating people with co-occurring disorders.