Jurisdictions interested in implementing the IDA must undergo training to ensure fidelity to the tool. We recognize, however, that jurisdictions have different capacities and training needs. In order to meet the needs of all agencies, training for the IDA is available in multiple formats.
If your jurisdiction or agency is considering implementing the IDA, please review these policy considerations to see if the IDA is a good fit for you at this time.
Using the Impaired Driving Assessment is a one-hour online course available on APPA’s training website.
- Describe the developmental process of the IDA
- Administer the IDA to DWI supervisees in a proper way
- Interpret and use the information obtained from the IDA to inform supervision practices
This online training is intended for agencies implementing the assessment who have hired new staff or need a refresher in using the instrument. Please contact us if you have any questions about implementing the IDA.
Onsite Training & Train-the-Trainer
Onsite training for the IDA is available by request and is required for anyone looking to implement the tool within their agency. The training can be hosted by an organization, agency, departments, state, or regional area that is interested in coordinating training and technical assistance. It consists of one full day of classroom-based training for up to 30 people at a time.
- Describe the developmental process of the IDA.
- Understand how the IDA is used with DWI clients under community supervision.
- Understand how information obtained from the IDA can inform case management and supervision practices.
Agencies may also request to receive the Train-the-Trainer option. This will allow agency staff members to provide the proper level of training to other staff members within the agency, instead of having to rely on APPA. This option can be hosted by an organization, agency, departments, state, or regional area that is interested in coordinating training and technical assistance. It consists of two full days of classroom-based training for up to 20 people at a time.
Both the onsite training and Train-the-Trainer options are provided at cost to the agency. Costs for training vary depending on several factors, including:
- Size of agency,
- Travel costs for trainers, and
- Level of agency involvement in coordinating training.
See training FAQs for more information.
Each agency should consider a number of factors in deciding to use the IDA. Here is a list of questions that should help guide agencies debating using the IDA.
- Will you administer the IDA at pre- or post-sentence?
- Will you use with all or just repeat offenders?
- What policy changes will you have to make?
- What key stakeholders need to be advised?
- When will you implement?
While these are the most pressing factors, there may be others to consider.
Please contact APPA with any questions.
See Training FAQs for more information.