DWI Court Foundational Training

Expert training and mentorship for building the foundation of a successful DWI court.


This training provides the roadmap for successful DWI courts. While this training is designed for programs still in the planning stages, operational programs without formal training and/or with significant staff turnover are also encouraged to apply. The training program is offered at little or no cost to your jurisdiction.

Accepted programs participate in 3.5-day training at or near the site of an existing exemplary DWI court program. The training includes guidance from experts on evidence-based best practices, as well as the chance to observe an established DWI court. At the end of the training, programs will have developed or improved program structures, policy and procedure manuals, and team dynamics.

Before You Apply

What you need to apply:

  • A planning committee constituting a full DWI court team (at minimum: judge, prosecutor, defense counsel, court coordinator, community supervision, substance use treatment provider, and law enforcement)
  • One point of contact for all training coordination
  • A letter of commitment from the presiding judge
  • A completed application submitted to your state highway safety office

What’s covered:

  • Discipline-specific training
  • Selecting the right participants
  • Designing your program from arrest to graduation
  • The science of alcohol and other substance use disorders
  • Team building and dynamics
  • Mentorship from an established program
  • And more!

Available Training Dates

If accepted, programs will be assigned a training date and location based on schedule, identified needs, and geography. Applicants may indicate preference for up to two training events.

May 22-25, 2023: Asheville, NC

July 31-August 3, 2023: Billings, MT

October 17-20, 2023: Fort Collins, CO

December 4-7, 2023: Athens, GA


Training, excluding associated travel, is offered at no cost to your jurisdiction through support from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Jurisdictions are encouraged to work with their state highway safety office for funding opportunities to cover travel costs.

Submit Application

Completed applications must be submitted to your state highway safety office. You can find the appropriate contact in the link below.

Contact Us

Julie Seitz

Project Director, Impaired Driving Solutions