S.A.T.O.P.-Substance Abuse Traffic Offender Program
The Missouri S.A.T.O.P. (Substance Abuse Traffic Offender Program) exists for the purpose of helping driver's effect return of their driving privelege after a substance-involved traffic offense.
Some people who receive DWI's do not have significant issues with their use of alcohol and others may be quite harmfully involved. SATOP strives to help each driver receive whatever assistance they may require to make their current offense their last offense, and to help them avoid further substance-related problems in their lives. For this reason, SATOP offers a variety of approaches for the variety of clients.
All clients begin with what is called a Screening. The client meets with a Qualified Professional Counselor and, with standardized testing and an interview, is assigned to one of the subsequent levels of the SATOP program. ALL CLIENTS MUST COMPLETE A FOLLOW-UP LEVEL OF PROGRAM. The screening costs $375. The screening agency keeps $126 and $249 is forwarded to the Department of Mental Health to off-set costs of the more advanced levels of SATOP programming.
The first (least intrusive) levelof program is called the Offender Education Program, OEP. This is a 10-hour educational class, conducted over not-less than two sessions. It costs $130. The Weekend Intervention Program, WIP, a more advanced level of program, lasts 48-hours from Friday through Sunday. Held are area hotels, this is a more intensive educational approach, designed to help drivers with some level of harmful involvement, see their situation with clarity. The fee for this program is based on a Missouri-resident's income and family situation. Out-of-pocket costs may be as low as $250 and as high as $440, depending on the client's situation. The Clinical Intervention Program, CIP, is the third level of SATOP program. It involves 50 hours of outpatient counseling and education, and usually takes four to five to seven weeks to complete. The fee for this program is between $250 and $1005.
Whereas the fees for the WIP and CIP can be expensive, there is financial help available for Missouri residents. The $249 fee forwarded to Mental Health in all screenings helps defray costs for lower-income individuals. Agencies use what is called the Standard Means Test (an income/number of dependents scale) to determine what each individual must pay for the service.
Sometimes, people with more advanced substance-abuse problems are assigned into more intensive treatment or counseling programs. The SATOP program can sometimes be used to complete court-ordered treatment, although courts may also order services in addition to SATOP.
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For information from the State of Missouri regarding the SATOP program, go to this link: