Development of Risk Assessment Tools, Curriculum, and Training for DWI Supervision
Contracting Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

In recent years, APPA has been involved in a number of projects to address the issue of impaired driving and, more specifically, offenders who are under community supervision for driving while impaired (DWI) offenses. This project furthers such efforts by addressing the need for an offense-specific risk assessment tool to assist in the supervision of DWI offenders and training for community supervision officers on how to effectively supervise this population.

To date, the APPA project team has developed and piloted the tool, tentatively referred to as the Impaired Driving Assessment (IDA), at four adult probation agencies located in Minnesota, New York, and Texas. Approximately 1,100 probationers have undergone the IDA at the pilot sites. There will be a follow-up period of 12 months to track outcome variables of interest among these probationers. The purpose of this phase of the project is to identify the best items to use on the IDA given the data obtained thru the pilot sites.

In addition, the project team will develop a curriculum to train community supervision officers and/or assessment specialists on the proper administration of the IDA to probationers or other individuals under community correctional supervision. At the conclusion of the project, both the tool and training curriculum will be made available to the public at no charge.

This project is an extension of a previous project funded through the National Highway, Traffic, and Safety Administration that resulted in the publication of Guidelines for Community Supervision of DWI offenders by Tracy Mullins and Karen Dunlap.

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Project Manager
Nathan Lowe
Research Associate
American Probation and Parole Association
PO Box 11910
Lexington, KY 40578–1910
Phone: (859) 244-8057
Fax: (859) 244-8001