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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. “Level I and Level II Education, Therapy, or Treatment” means an approved alcohol and drug driving safety education or treatment program as defined in 42-4-1301.3(3)(c)(IV), C.R.S.
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.
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. This level is 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 using OBH guidelines for placement.
The following are the Level II therapy track guidelines for impaired driving offenses on or after 01/01/14:
Programs licensed by OBH to provide DUI services are required to furnish a copy of the discharge 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.
A 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 violation. MVD Level II requirements always include both Level II Education and Level II Therapy.
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 here for additional information.
OBH requires 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. Further, DUI counselors must be trained in interlock counseling.
Download the 2015 DUI Education Legal Supplement. This is a Colorado-specific legal supplement that must be used with all DUI Level I and Level II Education programs. The supplement will be updated as DUI related laws change.
If you have specific questions regarding DUI/DWAI offender education and treatment, please contact any of these CDHS Office of Behavioral Health (OBH) staff:
Manager, DUI Services Program
Specialist, DUI Intervention
For additional information contact OBH at 303.866.7400