Impaired Driving Treatment Court Foundational Workshop

Expert training and mentorship for building the foundation of a successful treatment court that serves individuals with impaired-driving offenses.


This interactive workshop provides the roadmap for treatment courts to successfully serve individuals with impaired-driving offenses. It’s offered at little or no cost to your jurisdiction and can be customized for:

  • Impaired driving treatment courts (e.g., DWI courts) in the planning stages
  • Operational courts without formal training and/or with significant staff turnover
  • Hybrid drug/DWI court programs

Accepted programs participate in 3.5-day training at or near the site of a designated academy court. The workshop includes guidance from experts on evidence-based best practices, as well as the chance to observe an established court program effectively serving individuals with impaired-driving offenses. At the end of the workshop, programs will have developed or improved program structures, operations manuals, and team dynamics.

Before You Apply

What you need to apply:

  • A planning committee constituting a full 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 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 substance use disorders and treatment
  • Team building and dynamics
  • Mentorship from a successful academy court
  • And more!

Available Dates

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

  • April 22-25, 2024: Asheville, NC (full)
  • July 15-18, 2024: Billings, MT (full)
  • October 22-25, 2024: Fort Collins, CO (full)
  • December 9-12, 2024: Athens, GA


This workshop, 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

Jessica Lange
Project director, Impaired Driving Solutions