Research Says: 2024 Best Practices in Assessment, Supervision and Treatment of High-Risk Impaired Drivers


Tuesday, February 27, 2024
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Session Type: Workshop

Every year, hundreds of thousands of individuals are arrested for driving under the influence and in 2021 these impaired drivers were responsible for 13,284 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. This interactive training 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 impaired drivers, polysubstance use, community supervision strategies, available technologies, the use of Problem-Solving Courts, as well as treatment programming to help criminal justice and treatment professionals maximize their effectiveness while reducing risk to the community.


Gwyn Kaitis
Program Analyst, Council of State Governments

Gwyn Kaitis, MA, is a Program Analyst with the American Probation and Parole Association, providing training and technical assistance and leading APPA’s efforts on a variety of projects to advance the field of community corrections. She has a background in intimate partner violence having served as Coalition Policy Director, Shelter Executive Director, trainer with the Chicago Police Academy, and serving as Chair of the New Mexico Intimate Partner Violence Death Review Team.

Mark Stodola
Probation Fellow, American Probation and Parole Association

As National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Probation Fellow, 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 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. 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. Mark has presented training on topics surrounding high risk drunk drivers at national, regional and state conferences throughout the country. Mark also is an adjunct instructor at Arizona State University. Mark received his undergraduate degree in History from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and his Master’s Degree in Education from Northern Arizona University. Mark became a Graduate Fellow through the National Council of State Courts Institute of Court Management.