Research Says - Best Practices in Assessment, Supervision and Treatment of High Risk Impaired Drivers


Monday, February 6, 2023
10:15 AM - 11:15 AM
Session Type: Workshop

In 2019, there were over 1 million drivers arrested for driving under the influence and in 2020 these impaired drivers were responsible for over 11,000 fatalities. Community justice and treatment professionals can face unique challenges in assessing risk levels for these offenders while determining the most appropriate level and type of supervision, technology and treatment needs to minimize the risk of a re-offense and a new victim. A panel of experts in the field of DWI Courts, treatment of substance use disorders and community supervision will provide an overview and continuum of the most recent evidence- based practices for addressing the issues of high-risk impaired drivers from arrest to discharge. This includes the latest research on assessment tools, characteristics of high-risk drunk drivers, community supervision strategies, available technologies, the use of Problem Solving Courts, as well as alcohol treatment programming to help criminal justice and treatment professionals maximize their effectiveness while reducing risk to the community.


Mark Stodola
Probation Fellow, American Probation and Parole Association

Mark Stodola brings over 30 years of experience working in the field of court management and adult probation in Arizona. Mark worked at the Maricopa County Adult Probation Department for 18 years serving in a number of capacities including field supervisor and division director overseeing drug and alcohol treatment programs, problem solving courts and services for the mentally ill. Mark later became the Court Administrator of the Tempe Municipal Court where he served for eight years managing the day to day activities of the court including budget, case processing, program development (including the establishment of Arizona’s first municipal mental health court) and managing personnel. Most recently, Mark served as Program Services Manager in the Adult Probation Services Division of the Arizona Supreme Court where he had oversight of treatment programs for Arizona’s Adult Probation Departments.