Traffic Alcohol Program
CSOSA's Traffic Alcohol Program (TAP) provides supervision and programming for individuals convicted of certain traffic and/or alcohol-related offenses. These offenses include:
- Driving while Intoxicated or Impaired (DWI)
- Driving under the Influence (DUI)
- Operating while Impaired (OWI)
- Operating after Revocation (OAR)
- Operating after Suspension (OAS)
- Reckless Driving
- No Permit
- Speeding Over the Limit
- Unregistered Tags
- Unregistered License
There are two TAP supervision teams with a total of 11 Community Supervision Officers (CSOs) who supervise approximately 700 cases. The TAP supervision process is explained below.
On the day of conviction, the offender reports to the DC Superior Court Intake Division and is directed to CSOSA's Offender Processing Unit at 300 Indiana Avenue, NW. Case information and a photograph of the offender are entered into CSOSA's offender case management system. The offender is also referred for an initial drug test.
On the same day, following the intake process, the offender reports to 800 North Capitol Street, NW and is assigned a Community Supervision Officer. The offender receives an orientation to supervision and the assessment and treatment referral process begins. Initial treatment referrals are based on the conditions set forth by the Court.
Each offender receives an individual orientation with the Community Supervision Officer. A Mass Orientation is held at 9:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. The Mass Orientation provides a comprehensive overview of supervision, the treatment and support services provided, and CSOSA's partnerships with other law enforcement and community organizations.
Following orientation, the offender will report to the TAP office at 633 Indiana Avenue for regular office visits with his or her Community Supervision Officer (CSO). These visits are scheduled between 7:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m., depending on the CSO's and offender's work schedules.
By CSOSA policy, TAP offenders will also have contacts with their supervision officer in the community, at the offender's home or place of employment. These field contacts may be scheduled or unscheduled, depending on the offender's supervision level and other factors.
Many offenders under TAP supervision have treatment requirements as part of their court-ordered conditions of supervision. If the offender wishes, he or she may fulfill this requirement by entering and paying for treatment independently, as long as CSOSA provides prior approval of the treatment program and provider.
If an offender cannot or does not wish to use a private provider, he or she will be referred to CSOSA's Central Intervention Team (CIT) for assessment and referral to treatment. CSOSA pays for treatment provided as a result of a CIT referral.
Offenders who are recommended for treatment receive one or more of the following services:
- Inpatient Treatment - 120 days or more
- Residential Treatment - less than 120 days
- Intensive Outpatient Treatment - 9 hours or more of weekly therapy sessions
- Outpatient Treatment - less than 9 hours of weekly therapy sessions
- Halfway Back Placement - 30 to 90 days of residential treatment (usually a sanctioned-based placement initiated in response to a violation, such as positive drug tests)
Drug and Alcohol Testing
After court, the offender reports to CSOSA's Offender Processing Unit (OPU) at 300 Indiana Avenue for team assignment and initial drug and alcohol testing. The offender is then referred to the TAP team for CSO assignment. He or she is then assigned to the regular testing schedule (twice a week for the first two months, followed by weekly tests for three months, and then monthly testing until supervision expires or the offender reaches "minimum" classification). CSOSA maintains a "zero tolerance" policy towards drug use. One positive drug test will result in the offender being returned to twice weekly testing, as well as complying with sanctions determined by the CSO. Offenders may be exempt from regularly scheduled testing if ordered by the court.
Every instance of non-compliance (positive drug test, failure to report for a scheduled office visit, etc.) will result in a sanction. Sanctions are set forth in a matrix that is shared with the offender at the start of supervision. Sanctions can range from a verbal warnings from the CSO, to daily reporting, to a 90-day Halfway Back residential placement. The intensity of sanctions increases with each violation. If sanctions do not effectively address the non-compliance, the CSO will initiate proceedings to revoke the individual's probation.
Offenders who maintain compliance may earn a decrease in the amount of contact with their CSO, or a recommendation to the Judge for unsupervised probation or early termination.
Offenders under TAP supervision must obtain CSOSA approval to leave the District of Columbia for an overnight stay. CSOSA will issue travel permits based on the offender's compliance with his/her supervision conditions.